Joe Shear Classic/ARCA Midwest Tour – Madison Int’l Speedway (WI) – 5/7/17

Last updated: May 8, 2017 at 11:16 am
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(Jonathon Eilen, 77 and Austin Nason, 14 look to have good runs for the ARCAMT opener. -A Speed51 photo.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race:

 Special pit strategy and several cautions toward the end of the race helped Andrew Morrissey stay out front and hold off Dan Fredrickson and Ty Majeski.

 

The Finish: 

1 39 Andrew Morrissey
2 36 Dan Fredrickson
3 91 Ty Majeski
4 47 Travis Sauter
5 45 Rich Bickle Jr
6 99 Bobby Wilberg
7 119 Dalton Zehr
8 5 John Beale
9 9 Derek Kraus
10 14 Austin Nason
11 35 Travis Dassow
12 76 Jason Weinkauf
13 52 Ricky Baker
14 43 Matt Kocourek
15 20 Jim Sauter Jr
16 18 Michael Ostdiek
17 62 John Heath
18 7 John DeAngelis Jr
19 26 Bubba Pollard
20 77 Jonathan Eilen
21 4 Brad Tilton
22 11 Bobby Kendall
23 7s Paul Shafer Jr
24 0 Andy Jones
25 19 Dan Lensing
26 42 Dennis Prunty
27 75 Chris Weinkauf
28 04 Natalie Decker

 

The Skinny: 

After a wild battle for the lead between Rich Bickle Jr. and Dan Fredrickson in the middle stages of the race, Andrew Morrissey found himself out front. Ty Majeski struggled with the handling of his car through the middle of the race, but was able to make changes and get new tires in the final pit stop to charge back up to third. Luckily for Morrissey, there was not enough time in the last restart, and Morrissey took the checkered.

 

Winning Quote:

“This means a lot. This is my home track, first place I ever raced at. To be able to win this year just means a lot.” -Andrew Morrissey

 

On the Move:

Dalton Zehr was the biggest mover of the race after starting 23rd, he was able to battle his way to finish 7th.

 

Biggest Loser:

Dan Lensing was the biggest loser after starting on the pole, but finishing 25th after mechanical problems.

 

Feature Notebook:

  • Ty Majeski leads after passing John Beale on lap 18.
  • Caution #1- Lap 41 Natalie Decker and Brad Tilton make contact in turn 2.
  • Caution #2- Lap 58 Dan Lensing spins in turn 2.
  • Caution #3- Lap 63 Tilton and Decker make contact in turn 3.
  • Caution #4- Lap 82 John Heath spins between turns 3&4.
  • Caution #5- Lap 116  Tilton spins in turn 2. Dan Fredrickson leads the field.
  • Caution #6- Lap 150 Competition caution. Fredrickson leads Rich Bickle Jr. in an intense battle.
  • Caution #7- Lap 162 Michael Ostdiek spins on the back stretch. Travis Sauter leads.
  • Andrew Morrissey wins the 2017 Joe Shear Classic.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

Only one incident in practice so far, John Heath (62) spun coming out of turn four, no damage to that vehicle.

Some notables at the track today, Rich Bickle Jr. (45) is a former NASCAR driver, and a two-time track champion here at MIS. Bobby Wilberg (28) is a twelve-time track champion at MIS, and Bubba Pollard (26) has made the trip from Georgia to race today.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 19 Dan Lensing
2 5 John Beale
3 43 Matt Kocourek
4 47 Travis Sauter
5 75 Chris Weinkauf
6 39 Andrew Morrissey
7 35 Travis Dassow
8 91 Ty Majeski
9 0 Andy Jones
10 36 Dan Fredrickson
11 9 Derek Kraus
12 20 Jim Sauter Jr
13 99 Bobby Wilberg
14 18 Michael Ostdiek
15 7s Paul Shafer Jr
16 11 Bobby Kendall
17 47 Travis Sauter
18 45 Rich Bickle Jr
19 14 Austin Nason
20 26 Bubba Pollard
21 76 Jason Weinkauf
22 52 Ricky Baker
23 119 Dalton Zehr
24 62 John Heath
25 7 John DeAngelis Jr
26 04 Natalie Decker
27 77 Jonathan Eilen
28 4 Brad Tilton

 

Fast-Five in Practice:

1 91 Ty Majeski
2 14 Austin Nason
3 36 Dan Fredrickson
4 7s Paul Shafer Jr
5 75 Chris Weinkauf

(Overall from practice Saturday)

 

Time Trial Results: 

1 36 Dan Fredrickson 17.486
2 9 Derek Kraus 17.529
3 91 Ty Majeski 17.538
4 0 Andy Jones 17.546
5 39 Andrew Morrissey 17.596
6 35 Travis Dassow 17.618
7 7s Paul Shafer Jr 17.620
8 75 Chris Weinkauf 17.626
9 47 Travis Sauter 17.627
10 43 Matt Kocourek 17.653
11 5 John Beale 17.684
12 19 Dan Lensing 17.694
13 99 Bobby Wilberg 17.708
14 20 Jim Sauter Jr 17.729
15 11 Bobby Kendall 17.730
16 18 Michael Ostdiek 17.745
17 14 Austin Nason 17.746
18 26 Bubba Pollard 17.751
19 42 Dennis Prunty 17.755
20 45 Rich Bickle Jr 17.761
21 7 John DeAngelis Jr 17.805
22 119 Dalton Zehr 17.808
23 76 Jason Weinkauf 17.838
24 04 Natalie Decker 17.869
25 8 Chad Butz 17.915
26 77 Jonathan Eilen 17.954
27 44 Justin Mondeik 17.961
28 52 Ricky Baker 18.018
29 75b Mike Beyer 18.038
30 22 Jeremy Spoonmore 18.082
31 30 Joshua James 18.112
32 4 Brad Tilton 18.221
33 62 John Heath 18.231
34 15 Dean LaPointe 18.317
35 87 Jamie Wallace 18.399

(Drivers in bold are not locked in to feature)

 

Qualifier #1 Heat Results (Top-3 advance):

1 42 Dennis Prunty
2 14 Austin Nason
3 76 Jason Weinkauf
4 7 John DeAngelis Jr
5 44 Justin Mondeik
6 62 John Heath
7 8 Chad Butz
8 75b Mike Beyer
9 87 Jamie Wallace
10 30 Joshua James

 

Qualifier #2 Heat Results (Top-3 Advance):

1 45 Rich Bickle Jr
2 26 Bubba Pollard
3 119 Dalton Zehr
4 04 Natalie Decker
5 52 Ricky Baker
6 77 Jonathan Eilen
7 4 Brad Tilton
8 22 Jeremy Spoonmore
9 15 Dean LaPointe (DNS)

 

Fast Odd Dash Results:

1 99 Bobby Wilberg
2 11 Bobby Kendall
3 47 Travis Sauter
4 39 Andrew Morrissey
5 5 John Beale
6 7s Paul Shafer Jr
7 36 Dan Fredrickson
8 91 Ty Majeski

Fast Even Dash Results:

1 20 Jim Sauter Jr
2 19 Dan Lensing
3 75 Chris Weinkauf
4 0 Andy Jones
5 18 Michael Ostdiek
6 43 Matt Kocourek
7 9 Derek Kraus
8 35 Travis Dassow

 

Last Chance Race Results (Top-3 Advance):

1 52 Ricky Baker
2 7 John DeAngelis Jr
3 62 John Heath
4 04 Natalie Decker
5 77 Jonathan Eilen
6 4 Brad Tilton
7 44 Justin Mondeik
8 8 Chad Butz
9 75b Mike Beyer
10 87 Jamie Wallace
11 22 Jeremy Spoonmore
12 30 Joshua James

 

Car Count: 35 – Official

 

Entry List: 

Car # Driver Hometown
4 Brad Tilton Cheyenne, WY
04 Natalie Decker Eagle River, WI
5 John Beale Verona, WI
7 John DeAngelis Jr Hubertus, WI
8 Chad Butz Suamico, WI
9 Derek Kraus Stratford, WI
11 Andy Jones Gurnee, IL
14 Austin Nason Roscoe, IL
15 Dean LaPointe Marshfield, WI
18 Michael Ostdiek Lakeville, MN
20 Jim Sauter Jr Tomah, WI
22 Jeremy Spoonmore Somonauk, IL
26 Bubba Pollard Senoia, Georgia
28 Bobby Wilberg Beloit, WI
30 Joshua James Saukville, WI
35 Travis Dassow West Bend, WI
36 Dan Fredrickson Lakeville, MN
39 Andrew Morrissey DeForest, WI
42 Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI
43 Matt Kocourek Franklin, WI
44 Justin Mondeik Gleason, WI
45 Rich Bickle Jr Edgerton, WI
47 Travis Sauter Prairie du Sac, WI
52 Ricky Baker Plainfield, IL
55 Don Sabitino Carol Stream, IL
62 John Heath Lakeville, MN
75 Chris Weinkauf Merrill, WI
76 Jason Weinkauf Merrill, WI
77 Jonathan Eilen Hampton, MN
87 Jamie Wallace Genoa City, WI
91 Ty Majeski Seymour, WI
119 Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach, FL
11K Bobby Kendall Montello, WI
22B Russ Blakely Frankfurt, KY
45V Jeff VanOudenhoven Appleton, WI
75B Mike Beyer Machesney Park, IL
7S Paul Shafer Jr Portage, IN
5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI
19 Dan Lensing Roscoe, IL

 

Qualifying Format: 

Single car qualifying (2 laps). The top-16 drivers automatically locked into the field. The remaining drivers will race in two heats to determine who will make the field, and a qualifier race to determine the starting order. Twenty-eight cars will make the field.

 

Event Schedule: (central time)

12:45pm- Qualifying Begins

TBA- Autograph Session After Qualifying

1:50pm- Opening Ceremonies

2:00pm- Racing Begins

 

Who to Watch For:

Ty Majeski is always fast in a late model, and was fastest in practice Saturday. Majeski is also the defending winner of the event, but Travis Sauter, Andrew Morrissey, and Dan Fredrickson have all won the event in the past, and bring fast cars to the track consistently. Those drivers will be the ones to watch.

 

Title Fight:

Being the first race of the year, there are no standings yet, however Ty Majeski and Paul Shafer Jr. look to re-kindle the championship battle from last year.

 

The Track:

Madison International Speedway is a 1/2 mile paved oval, located in Oregon, Wisconsin. The track opened in the 1950’s and has been a major staple of racing in Wisconsin since.

 

Weather:

A beautiful day at Madison International Speedway, approaching 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky!

 

Next Series Race:

The next race for the ARCA Midwest Tour Series will be at State Park Speedway on May 20th.

 

 

Speed Central: Midwest Tour – Joe Shear Classic at Madison