On Sunday, racing action returned to The Milwaukee Mile, after a four year absence, with the ARCA Midwest Tour headlining a card of five series. In their race it was Roscoe, Illinois', Austin Nason taking the trophy.
It was not an easy win by any means. Ty Majeski set the fastest time with a new track record of 28.35 seconds. It was Rowley, Massachusetts' Eddie MacDonald leading the field to the green flag. After a few laps Matthew Craig #54, Kannapolis N.C., took the lead. Ty Majeski was rapidly driving through the pack and took the lead, then driving away from the field. On the lap 40 pit stop caution Ty took tires and restarted in position #3. Within a few laps, he started to drop back out of contention. Dan Fredrickson #36 eventually took the lead. The caution was displayed on lap 71 for another pit stop. When the Majeski car's right rear tire was removed, it was corded.
If I can read lips correctly, the crew chief told the Hoosier tire rep that it went bad ten laps into the run.
Shortly after the restart, Austin Nason #14 took the lead. However, with fresh tires, Ty Majeski, starting 17th, was coming through the pack quickly! At the end, Austin took the checkered flag followed by Ty Majeski and Dan Fredrickson. Who knows what would have happened if Ty had not experienced the tire problem.
Here are some images from the action
In the Mid-American Stock Car Series, it was Ron Weyer taking the victory in the Vercuteren Memorial 20, followed by Rick Corso #88 and Scott Ascher #19. Rick Corso had the fast time in qualifying.
In the Midwest Truck Series, Montgomery Wards 20, it was Levon Van Der Geest taking the checkered flag with Joe Valento, second and James Swan, third.
In the Vintage Stock Car Series, it was Woody Pool driving the 02, who took the victory.
Being a long time fan of Indy Car racing, it was a treat to see the Vintage Indy Registry with its "tribute" cars making laps. To see the famous Offy powered Indy roadsters running on the track, checked a box on my bucket list. Here are some of the cars that made laps.
All told, this was a very successful "Return to Milwaukee". My hope is that others will see the success and a great facility to bring back more action to America's oldest racetrack.
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