ARCA Midwest Tour - Dells Raceway Park (WI) - 9/1/18

Last updated: September 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm
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The Midwest Tour field is back at Dells Raceway Park for 100 laps. (Speed51.com photo)

 

What Won the Race:

A car that worked on the high side and lapped traffic helped Johnny Sauter stay in front of Jonathan Eilen for 96 of the 100 laps.

 

The Finish: 

1 5s Johnny Sauter
2 77 Jonathan Eilen
3 39 Andrew Morrissey
4 35 Carson Kvapil
5 119 Dalton Zehr
6 36 Dan Fredrickson
7 11 Bobby Kendall
8 75 Chris Weinkauf
9 14 Austin Nason
10 45 Rich Bickle Jr
11 7 Paul Shafer Jr
12 35d John DeAngelis Jr
13 9 Derek Kraus
14 5 Casey Johnson
15 44 Justin Mondiek
16 76 Jason Weinkauf
17 5h Jeff Holmgren Jr
18 5b John Beale
19 63 Thayran Rezin
20 8 Billy Mohn
21 80 Ryan Farrell
22 43 Matt Kocourek
23 15 Gabe Sommers

 

The Skinny: 

Right from the start, Sauter used the high side to take the lead. He proceeded to lead all but four laps, using lapped traffic to keep Eilen from passing him. Eilen stayed on the leaders bumper nearly the whole race, but did not have enough to reclaim the top spot. Only one early caution slowed the race.

 

Winning Quote:

"Lapped traffic was my friend tonight, I felt like I was better on the top than he was, so it worked out for us tonight." -Johnny Sauter

 

On the Move:

Justin Mondiek started 21st on the grid and moved forward six positions to finish 15th.

 

Biggest Loser:

John DeAngelis, Jr. started second but dropped to 12th in the final results, a loss of 10 positions.

 

Feature Notebook:

Eilen leads early on.
Sauter takes the lead, then yellow comes out for Mohn spinning in turn four. Sommers goes to the tail of the field.
75 to go: Sauter, Eilen, Morrissey, Fredrickson, and Shafer Jr. round out the top-5
50 to go: Sauter continues to lead but Eilen has reached the bumper of the leader. The top-5 has not changed.
35 to go: Eilen looks to the inside of Sauter, but Sauter holds him off on the high side.
25 to go: The leaders continue to work lapped traffic, Eilen appears faster but just cannot get there.
10 to go: Sauter has gained some ground from the rest of the field in lapped traffic.
Checkered Flag: Johnny Sauter wins at Dells Raceway Park.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

Dalton Zehr and Dan Fredrickson were fastest in the practices that were held.
Zehr sets fast time during qualifying.
Gabe Sommers wins the qualifier race.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 77 Jonathan Eilen
2 35d John DeAngelis Jr
3 5s Johnny Sauter
4 36 Dan Fredrickson
5 14 Austin Nason
6 39 Andrew Morrissey
7 7 Paul Shafer Jr
8 35 Carson Kvapil
9 119 Dalton Zehr
10 11 Bobby Kendall
11 75 Chris Weinkauf
12 5 Casey Johnson
13 76 Jason Weinkauf
14 9 Derek Kraus
15 45 Rich Bickle Jr
16 80 Ryan Farrell
17 15 Gabe Sommers
18 8 Billy Mohn
19 5h Jeff Holmgren Jr
20 43 Matt Kocourek
21 44 Justin Mondiek
22 5b John Beale
23 63 Thayran Rezin

 

Time Trial Results: 

1 119 Dalton Zehr 13.179
2 35 Carson Kvapil 13.244
3 7 Paul Shafer Jr 13.256
4 39 Andrew Morrissey 13.270
5 14 Austin Nason 13.288
6 36 Dan Fredrickson 13.293
7 5s Johnny Sauter 13.306
8 35d John DeAngelis Jr 13.361
9 77 Jonathan Eilen 13.368
10 11 Bobby Kendall 13.376
11 75 Chris Weinkauf 13.398
12 5 Casey Johnson 13.414
13 76 Jason Weinkauf 13.415
14 9 Derek Kraus 13.441
15 45 Rich Bickle Jr 13.445
16 80 Ryan Farrell 13.466
17 5b John Beale 13.494
18 8 Billy Mohn 13.541
19 63 Thayran Rezin 13.545
20 15 Gabe Sommers 13.601
21 5h Jeff Holmgren Jr 13.625
22 44 Justin Mondiek 13.636
23 43 Matt Kocourek 13.652

 

Qualifier Results:

1 15 Gabe Sommers
2 8 Billy Mohn
3 5h Jeff Holmgren Jr
4 43 Matt Kocourek
5 44 Justin Mondiek
6 5b John Beale
7 63 Thayran Rezin

 

Even Heat Results:

1 76 Jason Weinkauf
2 45 Rich Bickle Jr
3 75 Chris Weinkauf
4 5s Johnny Sauter
5 77 Jonathan Eilen
6 7 Paul Shafer Jr
7 14 Austin Nason
8 119 Dalton Zehr

 

Odd Heat Results:

1 9 Derek Kraus
2 11 Bobby Kendall
3 36 Dan Fredrickson
4 80 Ryan Farrell
5 5 Casey Johnson
6 39 Andrew Morrissey
7 35d John DeAngelis Jr
8 35 Carson Kvapil

 

Car Count: 23 ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models

 

Entry List: 

5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI
5H Jeff Holmgren Jr East Troy, WI
5B John Beale Verona, WI
5S Johnny Sauter Necedah, WI
35D John DeAngelis Jr Hubertus, WI
7 Paul Shafer Jr Portage, WI
8 Billy Mohn New Market, MN
9 Derek Kraus Stratford, WI
11 Bobby Kendall Montello, WI
14 Austin Nason Roscoe, IL
15 Gabe Sommers Plover, WI
31 Collin Slife
35 Carson Kvapil Mooresville, NC
36 Dan Fredrickson Lakeville, MN
39 Andrew Morrissey DeForest, WI
43 Matt Kocourek Franklin, WI
44 Justin Mondiek Gleason, WI
45 Rich Bickle Jr Edgerton, WI
63 Thayran Rezin
75 Chris Weinkauf Merrill, WI
76 Jason Weinkauf Merrill, WI
77 Jonathan Eilen Hampton, MN
80 Ryan Farrell Big Bend, WI
88 Ken Jacoby
99 Tim Sauter
119 Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach, FL

 

Qualifying Format:
Each car will have two laps to qualify. The top 16 drivers in qualifying will be locked into the feature and will participate in fast dashes. The remaining cars will be separated into heats and a last chance race if needed. 

 

Event Schedule: 

5:30 pm - Qualifying Begins for Mid-Am, ARCAMT, and modifieds.
7:00 pm - Racing begins
ARCAMT Qualifiers
Mid-Am Heat Races
ARCAMT odd/even heats
Modified Dash/Heats
Mid-Am Feature
ARCAMT 100 lap feature

 

Who to Watch For:

The last Midwest Tour event was won by youngster, Carson Kvapil. Eyes will be on him to see if he can back up his performance from Grundy Center. Derek Kraus became the youngest Tour winner here, and will be one to watch again tonight.

 

Title Fight:

Austin Nason leads the point standings by 12 points headed into tonight's race. Casey Johnson sits in third place only 14 points back, which means a fumble by any one of them could shake up the standings.

 

The Track:

Dells Raceway Park is located just north of Wisconsin Dells, WI. The 1/3 mile asphalt track was opened in 1958, and has been a staple in short track racing since.

 

Weather:

While the forecast did not look to be favorable, there is no chance of rain for tonight and it will be just over 70 degrees for green flag.

 

Next Series Race:

The next race for the Midwest Tour will be the season finale at LaCrosse Speedway on October 7th.

 

Speed Central: Midwest Tour at Dells Raceway Park (WI)