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 the biggest event of the Wisconsin racing season being held this weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, 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 ARCA Midwest Tour 200 during Oktoberfest Race Weekend?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Ty Majeski (seven votes) who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, six different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for Oktoberfest below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Paul Shafer, Jr.

In two career Oktoberfest starts, the lone Indiana driver entered has two top 10 finishes. The 21-year-old racer has shown shades of consistency over time, but with this being the last show of the season and with an outside shot at the title on the line it is time for him to go all out for the win in the 200-lap feature.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Ty Majeski

Bubba Pollard is tough to bet against right now but Ty Majeski is nearly unbeatable when it comes to racing in the ARCA Midwest Tour. I’ll have to go with Majeski on this one.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Johnny Sauter

He’s fast every time he straps in behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, and he’s always fast at LaCrosse. I’m going with Sauter to double up at Oktoberfest.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Dan Fredrickson

After coming up just short in another big Super Late Model race in the state of Wisconsin, the Dixieland 250, I expect Fredrickson to be up on the wheel looking for his fifth Oktoberfest main event win. Look for the No. 36 to be up at the front challenging the best on Sunday afternoon.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

In his first northern swing this season, Pollard made it a clean sweep winning at both Oxford and Jukasa. With the unwavering momentum of he and the No. 26 team, it’s hard to bet against them, no matter what track or race.


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

Pick: Johnny Sauter

It’s hard to go against Bubba Pollard in any Super Late Model race right now, but Sauter is nearly unstoppable anytime he straps into a Super Late Model in Wisconsin. I’ll take the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion in a tight battle.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Johnny Sauter

Sauter has to be one of the favorites going into this one. He set fast time last year at Octoberfest and dominated the event. Sauter’s program has been off a bit lately, but a trip to Ocktoberfest will get this team back on track. The former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion will go back-to-back at the Oktoberfest event.


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Ty Majeski

The 2016 race winner hasn’t had much to celebrate about in 2018, but he will put that all behind him that weekend and return to victory lane in his home state.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Ty Majeski

Majeski will win yet another race at Fest to add to his total that includes victories in the Dick Trickle 99 and Big 8 Series.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Is it necessary to have an explanation for picking Bubba? Not really. If you want to pick a winner, you go with Bubba.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Johnny Sauter

My theme is to choose the defending winner. I chose Johnny Sauter for the win last year at this race and he won’t let me down this time. Taking a little time away from his impressive Truck season and going to his roots of Late Model racing will be a success for the Wisconsin native.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

The four-time ARCA Midwest Tour and 2016 Octoberfest winner will return to victory lane this weekend. Majeski is the winner of nearly 40% of his starts on the Midwest Tour and over half of the races he’s competed in over the last three years. I look for his success to continue and for him to add another Octoberfest win to his resume.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Dalton Zehr

I picked him earlier this year in the Dixieland 250 and he didn’t disappoint, so I’ll pick the Florida native once again.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

Last time I picked Majeski he broke early, which is a rarity for that team. I expect it to be a battle between Pollard and Majeski, but Majeski will win in the end.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

It’s hard to bet against the best in the business. He has yet to win Oktoberfest, but he’ll do so this weekend.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

B-U-B-B-A. Nuff said.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Ty Majeski

Majeski will return to victory lane in the biggest race in his home state of Wisconsin.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Staff Picks: Who Will Win the Oktoberfest 200?