WEST SALEM, Wis. – Ty Majeski started his quest to claim his fifth ARCA Midwest Tour title by setting a new track record in qualifying for the Oktoberfest 200 Saturday at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
However, instead of starting from the pole during Sunday’s race, he has opted to take the Ultimate Challenge and start at the rear of the field. Should he win the race, he’ll earn a $15,000 bonus.
Majeski set a new track record in qualifying with a time of 18.476 seconds (106.192 mph), with Travis Sauter in second with a time of 18.581 seconds (105.592 mph) and Levon Van Der Geest in third with a time of 18.662 seconds (105.133 mph).
The ARCA Midwest Tour had their preliminary races on Saturday night with odd/even dashes for the top 16 locked into the field.
Luke Fenhaus won the odd dash with Griffin McGrath second and Skylar Holzhausen third. Dalton Zehr held off Johnny Sauter to win the even heat. Dan Fredrickson was third.
Two 12-lap qualifying features determined positions 17-20, with the top two from each making the big show. Former Oktoberfest 200 winner Andrew Morrissey won the first qualifying feature with Justin Mondeik holding off Dillon Hammond for the second transfer spot.
Carson Kvapil, son of 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil, won the second qualifying feature with Bryan Syer-Keske in second. They are in the field for Sunday’s 200-lap feature event.
There will be a last chance race Sunday to fill the rest of the field.