Before Ty Majeski came bursting onto the Wisconsin Super Late Model scene in 2014, there was Nathan Haseleu. The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin driver won multiple championships and major races across the Badger State in the 2000s and early 2010’s.
He scored wins in the Trickle 99 and Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway and earned championships in the Wisconsin Challenge Series, Triple Crown Challenge at Madison International Speedway, and the ARCA Midwest Tour.
Haseleu retired at the end of the 2015 season, just a month after scoring a TUNDRA Super Late Model Series win at Golden Sands Speedway. He earned nine wins in the ARCA Midwest Tour and 10 in the Wisconsin Challenge Series, a record that still stands today.
He also added ARCA/CRA Super Series wins at the former Illiana Motor Speedway in 2006 and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in 2007.
With his racing career behind him, he stays as busy as ever with work and a family.
“I’ve just been working, raising a family. I’ve got a son, Coy, who’s 14 and a freshman now and a daughter, Leyton, who’s 10 and is a fourth grader,” Haseleu told Speed51. “I’ve just been busy with them, they play sports and normally we’d be doing all that stuff.”
Haseleu was the inaugural ARCA Midwest Tour champion back in 2007, when it was under the ASA banner. Looking back on his accomplishment, the 2007 season was a highlight of his career with two total championships during the year. As the Midwest Tour grew stronger, he was a model of consistency in the points, finishing either second or third in the final standings every year from 2009-2014.
“It was definitely cool, it was the first one. We also won the Wisconsin Challenge Series championship that year, so that was pretty neat to win both of those in the same year,” he said.
“It’s cool thinking of that. I think I finished second four other times though, so when you think of the whole big picture of it that kind of sucks looking back at it. We were competitive but just not good enough. It was definitely cool to be the first one on that list.”
While he admits he doesn’t follow the sport that much anymore, you can still find Haseleu making periodic appearances at tracks around Wisconsin with his family.
“I don’t really follow racing too much at all. My dad works for Pathfinder Chassis so I still know a little bit of what’s going on once in a while. My family and I went to the Slinger Nationals last year and watched that, I think that was the only race I went to.”
When asked about what he misses about the sport, Haseleu also made sure to mention the one part he does not miss. However, he has found an alternative option to keep the competitive edge going while bonding with his son.
“I miss competing against other teams, my team against their team to see who can figure it out and who can win that day. The competitiveness is what I miss,” he said. “I miss hanging out with my team and working towards a common goal. But I definitely don’t miss the work of it, that’s for sure.”
“I do iRacing and it’s fun. I guess that gives little of the competitiveness. You can do that and take it as serious as you really want to,” he added. “My son’s now doing it too, it’s something fun that we can do together like that. Obviously with what’s going on in the world right now, it really took center stage in the short track and even the NASCAR world. It’s neat to see a lot of people on there.
Haseleu is satisfied with how his racing career went, but says he has no intentions to come out of retirement. While fans in the upper Midwest won’t be able to see him behind the wheel of a Super Late Model in real life, they can still see him behind the wheel of a virtual one.
“I’ve had some opportunities over the years since I’ve retired. I’m glad that I’m done with it and it was a great time in my life and I loved racing and I still do, but it’s just something that doesn’t interest me, driving the race car at all.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3-
Photo Credit: Doug Hornickel