Majeski Shines Big 8 Series Main Event at Oktoberfest

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May, Warthan, and Malouf Also Claim Fest Victories

By: Kevin Ramsell & Aspen Andre
(West Salem, WI – October 7, 2017) After two days of rain, the skies finally cleared on Saturday night for racing action to get underway at the 48th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.

Ty Majeski continued his short track dominance as he went back-to-back in the Big 8 Series 68-lap feature event.

Brody Willett took the lead from Lemke on lap eight and was leading at the halfway mark

Majeski, who was also the fast qualifier, started 13th and was up to the top ten by lap six. He moved into the top five on lap 17. On lap 32, he followed Derek Lemke as they both passed Tim Sargent for the second spot. A lap later, Majeski got by Lemke for the second spot.

it only took three laps for Majeski to chase down Willett and take over the top spot on lap 38.

Majeski would put away to a 5.8-second victory in the caution-free race to get his first checkered flag of the weekend.

Jeremy Miller got past Willett with two laps to go and would finish second. Sargent held off Jacob Goede for fourth by half a car length.

Michael Bilderback was officially crowned as the 2017 Big 8 Series champion.

The Big 8 Series had three last chance races where the top three advanced to the feature event.

Jeremy Lepak won the first last chance race with Ryan Kamish in second. Owin Giles got past Matt Lundberg on the final lap to advance to the main event.

Michael Ostdiek took his car to victory lane in the second last chance race over J. Herbst and Johnny Baumeister Jr.

Mike Ehde won the final last chance race with Bobby Wilberg in second. Nick Egan held off a hard charging Matthew Henderson for the final spot.

Reagan May held off a last lap charge from Chris Weinkauf to win a competitive 25-lap Midwest Truck feature. May led wire-to-wire as Weinkauf started 14th and got to the inside of May coming off of turn four on the last lap, but May held on to the win by a truck length. James Swan Finished third and captured the series championship. Mike Corso and Sam Mayer rounded out the top five.

The Great Northern Sportsmen Series capped off their 2017 season with a 25-lap feature event. Brad Warthan took the lead on a re-start on lap two and was unchallenged for the finel 23 laps to grab the checkered flag. Dave Trute finished second and captured the 2017 GNSS championship. Dan Gilster was third.

A total of 32 cars took the green flag in the Midwest Dash 20-lap feature event. Steve Rozek had the early lead until Phil Malouf chased down Rozek just past the halfway mark. On lap 12, Malouf went to the inside of Rozen going into turn three and would get past him for the lead. Malouf would pull away for the victory. Scott Ciesielski and Noah Pankow both got by Rozek in the late stages of the race to finish third and fourth. Rozek finished fourth with Devon Dixon rounding out the top five.

The final day of the 48th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend will feature the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Oktoberfest 200. The Big 8 Series JMcK 63, Mid-American Stock Car Series and Vintage cars will be in action.

Because of weather over the weekend, Sunday’s schedule has been adjusted to include qualifying for the ARCA Midwest Tour. Sunday’s new schedule is listed below.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

7:30am – Pancake Breakfast

8:00am – Pit Gates Open

9:00am – Driver’s Meeting

9:45am – JMcK, Mid-Am, Vintage Drivers Meeting

10:00am – ARCAMT Practice (Until 10:25am)

10:30am – JMcK Practice/Transponder Time Trials

10:40am – Crossover

10:45am – Mid-Am Practice/Transponder Time Trials

10:55am – Vintage Practice

Crossover

11:05
am – ARCAMT Qualifying

11:55
am – National Anthem

Sunday Racing Begins

JMcK 63 Segment One – 21 Laps

Vintage Heat(s) – 8 Laps

ARCAMT Last Chance(s) – 15 Laps

JMcK63 Segment Two – 21 Laps

Mid-Am Feature – 30 Laps

Vintage Feature – 15 Laps

JMcK 63 Segment – 21 Laps

ARCAMT Feature – 200 Laps

For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.

LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway is a proud NASCAR Hometrack, part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series – www.hometracks.nascar.com.

LA CROSSE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY

Big 8 Late Models

Oktoberfest 68 Lap Feature (26 cars) — 1. Ty Majeski 2. Jeremy Miller 3. Brody Willett 4. Tim Sargent 5. Jacob Geode 6. Derek Lemke 7. Ty Reedy 8. Austin Nason 9. Michael Bilderback 10. Griffin McGrath 11. Joe Neisius 12. Owin Giles 13. Michael Ostdiek 14. Justin Neisius 15. Zack Riddle 16. J Herbst 17. Johnny Baumeister Jr. 18. Ryan Kamish 19. Bobby Wilberg 20. Mike Ehde 21. Jacob Zellmer 22. Jon Lemke 23. Nick Clements 24. Brian Back 25. Jeremy Lepak 26. Nick Egan

Qualifying — 1. Ty Majeski, 19.740 sec., 113.982 MPH 2. Jeremy Miller, 19.988 sec., 112.568 MPH 3. Jacob Goede, 20.005 sec., 112.472 MPH 4. Griffin McGrath, 20.046 sec., 112.242 MPH 5. Ty Reedy, 20.085 sec., 112.024 MPH 6. Joe Neisius 7. Justin Neisius 8. Austin Nason 9. Tim Sargent 10. Derek Lemke 11. Brody Willett 12. Brian Back 13. Jon Lemke 14. Zack Riddle 15. Jeremy Lepak 16. Michael Ostdiek 17. Grant Brown 18. Owin Giles 19. J Herbst 20. Mike Ehde 21. Michael Beamish 22. Todd Oliver 23. Bobby Wilberg 24. Matt Lundberg 25. Brett Wenzel 26. Jerry Mueller 27. Nick Clements 28. Johnny Baumeister Jr. 29. Matthew Henderson 30. Carter Christensen 31. Bryan Wrolstad 32. Nick Egan 33. Zach Braun 34. Ryan Gutknecht 35. Craig Phillips 36. Jesse Pokszyk 37. Thayran Rezin 38. Troy Hintzsche 39. Jacob Zellmer 40. Braisen Bennett 41. Mark Greb 42. Bill Baumeister 43. Michael Bilderback 44. Bret Widdis 45. Todd Kamis 46. Jacob Vanoskey 47. Jonathan Eckelberg 48. Tyler Hromadka

Last Chance 1 — 1. Jeremy Lepak 2. Ryan Kamish 3. Owin Giles 4. Matt Lundberg 5. Carter Christenson

Last Chance 2 — 1. Michael Ostdiek 2. J Herbst 3. John Baumeister 4. Bryan Wrolstad 5. Thayran Rezin

Last Chance 3 — 1. Mike Ehde 2. Bob Wilberg 3. Nick Egan 4. Matthew Henderson 5. Bret Widdis

Great Northern Sportsmen Series

Oktoberfest 25 Lap Feature (26 cars) — 1. Brad Warthan 2. Dave Trute 3. Dan Gilster 4. Rick Schermerhorn 5. Scott Luck 6. Randy Humfeld 7. Chris Webber 8. Jason Thoma 9. Chris Skrede 10. Jamie Dummer 11. Jason Stark 12. Tyler Sauter 13. Tom Luethe 14. Steve Bachman 15. Dan Harris 16. Colin Neisius 17. Jeremy Wolff 18. Marc Luethe 19. Dakota Miller 20. Sam Niles 21. Mark Challet 22. Carson Sillars 23. Blake Horstman 24. Cole Neisius 25. Dean Bleecker 26. Thomas Farra

Qualifying — 1. Chris Webber, 21.507 sec., 104.617 MPH 2. Scott Luck, 21.618 sec., 104.080 MPH 3. Dave Trute, 21.622 sec., 104.061 MPH 4. Randy Humfeld, 21.635 sec., 103.998 MPH 5. Steve Bachman, 21.646 sec., 103.945 MPH 6. Jason Stark 7. Rick Schermerhorn 8. Jason Thoma 9. Brad Warthan 10. Cole Neisius 11. Dan Gilster 12. Jeremy Wolff 13. Justin Berg 14. Chris Skrede 15. Dakota Miller 16. Tom Luethe 17. Sam Niles 18. Tyler Sauter 19. Jamie Dummer 20. Colin Neisius 21. Marc Luethe 22. Carson Sillars 23. Mark Challet 24. Thomas Farra

Midwest Dash Series

Oktoberfest 20 Lap Feature (30 cars) — 1. Phil Malouf 2. Scott Ciesielski 3. Steven Rozek 4. Devon Dixon 5. Mike Heidmann 6. Brandon DeLacy 7. Kevin Eckes 8. Patrick Thicke 9. Noah Pankow 10. Wayne Maulsby 11. Josh Mazur 12. Mike Carlson 13. Justin Schelitzche 14. Jordan Young 15. Ashley Bell 16. Shawn Grabinger 17. Charles Vian Hr. 18. Scott Schlafke 19. Adam Eckes 20. Nick Hadler 21. Kendon Thurk 22. George Sparkman 23. Cheyanne Stanfield 24. Ian Arneson 25. McKayla Adams 26. Dan Knish 27. Zack Liebsch 28. Gary Stark 29. Lyle Phillips 30. Dave Auringer DNS. George Seliger DNS. Joe Kuehn DNS. Mark Bornitz DNS. Jake Bemis

Qualifying — 1. George Sparkman, 23.039 sec., 97.660 MPH 2. Scott, 23.052 sec., 97.605 MPH 3. Dave Auringer, 23.101 sec., 97.398 MPH 4. Scott Ciesielski, 23.377 sec., 96.248 MPH 5, Devon Dixon, 23.431 sec., 96.027 MPH 6. Brandon DeLacy 7. Phil Malouf 8. Patrick Thicke 9. Ian Arneson 10. Steve Rozek 11. Higgens 12. Noah Pankow 13. Mike Carlson 14. Kevin Eckes 15. Lyle Phillips 16. Ashley Bell 17. Mark Bornitz 18. Scott Schlafke 19. Jordan Young 20. Justin Schelitzche 21. Shawn Grabinger 22. McKayla Adams 23. Anderson 24. Charles Vian Jr. 25. Nick Hadler 26. Ashley Bell 27. Kendon Thurk 28. Zack Liebsch

Midwest Trucks

Oktoberfest 25 Lap Feature (15 cars) — 1. Reagan May 2. Chris Weinkauf 3. James Swan 4. Mike Corvo 5. Sam Mayer 6. Jeremy Lepak 7. Ross Christiansen 8. Nick Egan 9. Todd Kluever 10. Dave Edwards 11. Rick Corso 12. Gabe Somers 13. Danielle Behn 14. Kyle Lockington 15. Jeremy DeRuyter

Qualifying — 1. Rick Corso, 20.660 sec., 108.906 MPH 2. Gabe Somers, 20.722 sec., 108.580 MPH 3. Jeremy Lepak, 20.743 sec., 108.470 MPH 4. James Swan, 20.746 sec., 108.455 MPH 5. Dave Edwards, 20.758 sec., 108.392 MPH 6. Mike Corvo 7. Nick Egan 8. Reagan May 9. Sam Mayer 10. Ross Christiansen 11. Danielle Behn 12. Todd Kluever 13. Jeremy DeRuyter 14. Chris Weinkauf 15. Kyle Lockington