June 17, 2017 — Ty Majeski of Seymour, Wisconsin sits alone atop the all-time win list in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment after earning his 17th victory (and fourth consecutive) Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Majeski also won the 2016 edition of the Illinois Lottery 50 at GMP. The Illinois Lottery 50 was held prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200.
Majeski made the winning pass with four laps to go after Paul Shafer Jr. touched the wall exiting the second turn, allowing the defending champion to get by for the victory.
“He (Shafer) was going to win the race. My motor was vapor locking in this heat,” Majeski said in Domino’s Victory Lane. “I just didn’t have any power off (turn) four. I was good off (turn) two where I could gain on him. It was unfortunate for him that he got into the wall. I got a run on him and was able to get around him.”
Dan Fredrickson also passed Shafer in the closing laps to earn a second-place finish.
The big win wasn’t the only excitement for Majeski on Saturday as he was involved in an incident going into the first turn on the second lap and he and Jim Sauter Jr. made contact, causing Sauter to spin and hit the wall.
Justin Mondeik also was involved his car went over Sauter’s and slowly rolled on its roof. Both drivers were taken to the infield care center and were released with no injuries.
“It seemed like we had a pretty good car after starting at the rear, and passing for some positions,” said Mondeik. “We came off turn four and everyone was trying to pound to get to the inside line. It looked like Sauter got crossed up and got sideways, then backed it into the wall. I went to the inside to avoid him and he came down the hill and got into my right rear and we were on for the ride.”
“My spotter was calling for three-wide then four-wide,” Sauter said. “It was really unfortunate for this to happen early in the race, but the car is junk.”
Majeski pitted with a flat right-rear flat tire and restarted in 17th position. On the restart, Travis Dassow led until Shafer passed him on the fourth lap. While Shafer paced the field, Majeski rapidly was working his way to the front and was in the top five by lap 13. On lap 23, Majeski passed Dan Fredrickson for second place. He was able to get within five car lengths of Shafer, but couldn’t make a challenge for the lead.
A competition caution flag flew with eight laps remaining. With four laps to go, Shafer scraped the wall, allowing Majeski to make the winning move.
“I got in a little hot and washed up a little bit,” Shafer said after the race. “I got in the gas, slid up and hit the wall. I saw Majeski go by and I said ‘Oh hell, maybe we can get him back.’ We still got a podium finish, so not a bad day.”
Majeski’s victory moved him ahead of Fredrickson on the all-time win list in the ARCA Midwest Tour earning 17 victories in 43 starts. Fredrickson was hoping to stay ahead of Majeski on the list, but finished second.
“We didn’t run very well, but it got better during the race,” Fredrickson said. “We figured it out with about five laps to go and picked up a half a second. We will go on to the next race.”
Travis Dassow finished fourth and simply said “We needed that” after the race. Ricky Baker rounded out the top five.
Official results, June 17 Illinois Lottery 50 (40 laps, 50 miles):
- 91 Ty Majeski
- 36F Dan Fredrickson
- 7S Paul Shafer
- 35D Travis Dassow
- 2B Ricky Baker
- Cole Rouse
- 14N Austin Nason
- 119 Dalton Zehr
- 45 Rich Bickle
- 42P Dennis Prunty
- 18O Michael Ostdiek
- 99a Austin Blair
- 15 Dean LaPointe
- 5 Casey Johnson 39
- 2 Gregory Borchardt
- 7D John DeAngelis Jr.
- 04D Natalie Decker
- 11 Andy Jones
- 77E Jonathan Eilen
- 75B Mike Beyer
- 20s Johnny Sauter
- 44M Justin Mondeik
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