Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With one of the Midwest’s biggest Super Late Model races being held Tuesday night, we decided to challenge our staff once again.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the Dixieland 250?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Ty Majeski (eight votes) who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, eight different drivers received votes from our panel of 18 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Dan Fredrickson

He hasn’t made too many appearances on the track this season and his most recent Dixieland results haven’t been the best. Nevertheless, any time the Minnesota veteran shows up he could very well have a shot at victory, and being a part-time competitor he has nothing to lose and can be up on the wheel for the 250 laps of competition.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Announcer

Pick: Ty Majeski

I’m definitely needing some wins down the stretch and I think that Ty Majeski is my best chance to get one in the Dixieland 250. Though he doesn’t race the Late Model as much, I still think he’ll be strong enough to compete for the top prize.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida State Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

Though he’s had limited time in his Super Late Model this year, you can’t count out his success as of late. I’m taking Majeski because I need the win to boost my staff pick rankings, and he needs the win to round out his already stellar resume.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Johnny Sauter

As Ed McMahon used to say on late-night TV, heeeeeeeere’s Johnny. Well, I think we’ll be saying that on Tuesday at Kaukauna. I watched Johnny Sauter kick some tail at WIR in an ASA race back in the day and I think he’s got his stuff together to be able to do it again in the Dixieland 250.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Casey Johnson

Since nobody else picked the defending winner of the race and the current track points leader, I guess I will.  Johnson’s win one year ago wasn’t a fluke.  He is consistently one of the best racers in the Midwest, and he certainly knows his way around the Kaukauna oval.  One year after winning in post-race tech, I like Johnson’s chances of winning one on the track this time around.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Derek Kraus

This young man has come a long way in the past year on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series side and its bound to spill over to the Super Late Model side. He’s got a great home state team backing him the whole way, as always. This could very well be the event where it all comes together.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Paul Shafer, Jr.

Shafer recently got the monkey off his back after winning the ARCA Midwest Tour race at Jefferson Speedway in May. After finishing third in two of the last three Dixieland 250’s, he looks to finish the deal and go to WIR victory lane.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Chase Purdy

This kid has had some tough luck in 2018, but I feel he has what it takes to get to victory lane.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Ty Majeski

Majeski has finished second the last two years in the Dixieland 250. He has wins at Wisconsin Int’l Raceway in the Red, White and Blue Series, and this will be his second big win of the year after winning the Slinger Nationals.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Derek Kraus

Kraus has been a very strong runner as of late with the K&N West Series, but still hasn’t put together a big Late Model victory in 2018. I think that changes at the Dixieland 250 in his native Wisconsin.


Melissa Strahley, Speed51.com Gulf Coast Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

Oktoberfest?  Check.  Slinger Nationals?  Another check.  The Dixieland 250 is the last Midwestern crown jewel left on Majeski’s list and this year, the Wisconsin native will have the right combo of speed and smarts to score the home track victory.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Johnny Sauter

Sauter has been very good in his recent Super Late Model starts and loves short track racing when not leading the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points. The Sauter name has won a lot of races in the Midwest and will add one more with the Dixieland 250 win.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

My pick for the $10,000-to-win Dixieland 250 is none other than Ty Majeski. Majeski is a four-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion and won two Red, White and Blue races last year at Kaukauna. His last two ARCAMT events from WIR resulted in runner-up finishes. He will step it up by one and take home the checkered flag in the Dixieland 250.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

I’m going to go with the obvious one here. I need a win, and Ty Majeski is probably the most likely driver to do that on Tuesday night. Obviously he hasn’t gotten to spend as much time in this car due to Xfinity series commitments, but he has been quick in previous starts this year.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Dalton Zehr

I know I’ll get some heat from my coworkers for this one but I’ve gotta go with a Florida boy, sort of. While Dalton Zehr has made his name racing throughout the upper Midwest over the last decade, he grew up in the shadows of New Smyrna Speedway in Port Orange, Florida and his early stock car days were spent all over Florida race tracks in Pro-Trucks and different Late Models.


This will be Zehr’s fourth Dixieland 250 since the races rebirth in 2014 and he has yet to finish outside the top 10, with finishes of sixth, sixth and eighth. I’m looking for the Florida native turned Midwest racer to pick up his third career ARCA Midwest Tour win in what some might deem an upset in the talent-filled field.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

I know Majeski seems like an obvious pick, but he’s never won this race. It’s one of the few that’s still missing off of his resume. I think that changes this time around.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Johnny Sauter

While experiencing great success in his NASCAR efforts this year, Sauter’s Late Model runs have been a roller coaster. I think this round will be a good one for the pride of Necedah.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Ty Majeski

I am going with Ty Majeski to win the Dixieland 250.


<sarcasm>I know it’s a long shot picking Majeski and people may flinch at that, but I am hoping for an upset and that they prove all of the doubters wrong.</sarcasm>


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Staff Picks for Dixieland 250 at WIR