On Saturday afternoon, Ty Majeski said he was sitting on 95 personal victories in his racing career. Later in the evening, he picked up victory No. 96 by dominating the Escape to Wisconsin 100 ARCA Midwest Tour race at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
“This is win number 96 in my career and I might be at 100 by the end of the year, that is a personal goal of mine,” Majeski said in victory lane. “It has just been an unbelievable run with this team and all of the teams I have been with in my career. It would be special to get to 100 and share it with these guys.”
Gabe Sommers and Carson Kvapil led the field to the green flag on a cool night for racing. Kvapil would get a good run on the outside line in turn four and drive away from Sommers during the opening laps.
Kvapil would be challenged early from Dan Fredrickson but held off the two-time series champion. Behind the duo, Majeski was quickly making his way to the front from his 12th starting position, breaking into the top five by Lap 9.
Four laps later, Majeski was up to third after passing Justin Mondiek for the spot. He would then set his sights on Fredrickson’s rear bumper.
On Lap 22, he would go to the outside of Fredrickson and take over the second spot. One lap later he was already hounding his teammate Kvapil for the lead.
The battle would only last for just a couple of laps as he pulled away from the Rookie of the Year contender to take the top spot for good on Lap 25.
The only caution in the event would fly on Lap 51 when Rich Bickle Jr. and Paul Shafer both spun in turn one. Both drivers re-joined the field.
On the restart, Majeski would pull away, while behind him Andrew Morrissey would challenge Fredrickson for the second spot. Morrissey would eventually claim the runner-up position on Lap 77.
Meanwhile, Majeski clicked off laps uncontested on his way to another victory on the ARCA Midwest Tour. Morrissey would hold on to finish second, with Skylar Holzhausen making a strong run late to finish third.
“Given the way we started out today, we really struggled in practice and we made some good adjustments,” Morrissey said after the race. “So, I was very happy to come home second.”
Holzhausen was relieved with his third-place finish.
“With the way we started at the beginning of the day, I thought we should just load it up and go home,” Holzhausen explained. “We made some adjustments and luckily we made the right ones, and the car was really good on the bottom and it seemed to work well for us.”
John DeAngelis Jr. finished fourth while Sommers moved by Luke Fenhaus at the end to finish fifth.
Austin Nason entered Saturday’s race with an eight-point lead over Casey Johnson with two events remaining in the 2019 schedule. Johnson finished seventh, while Nason finish right behind him in eighth.
This means that the championship could come down to the last lap at the Tour’s season finale on Sunday, October 6 in the Oktoberfest 200, part of the 50th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
Highlights from Saturday's Escape to Wisconsin 100 at Dells Raceway Park will be available soon on the Speed51 Network.
-Story by: Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
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