The stars and cars of the ARCA Midwest Tour will hit Wisconsin International Raceway on Tuesday night for the Dixieland 250 in what is sure to be a stellar early week special. The fifth race of the 2018 season for the series will pay $10,000 to win and $1,200 to start, with a field of over 40 cars scheduled for participation.
The entry list is stacked with a Who’s Who of Super Late Model racing for the annual Tuesday night event near Kaukauna, Wisconsin on the unique D-shaped, half-mile oval. The entry list includes the ARCA Midwest Tour regulars as well as those who compete weekly in the Fox River Racing Club at WIR. The field also includes drivers that compete in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series.
Tuesday night’s race will mark the 21st running of the event and 14 different drivers have gone to victory lane since Dick Trickle scored the victory in the inaugural race in 1991. Steve Carlson is a six-time winner of the event while the last three Dixieland 250s have featured first time ARCA Midwest Tour winners, with Nick Murgic (2015), Dennis Prunty (2016) and Casey Johnson (2017). In addition, two-time winner and former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter will compete.
Four-time ARCAMT champion Ty Majeski will make his first Midwest Tour start of 2018. While primarily competing in a limited XFINITY Series schedule this season with Roush Fenway Racing, Majeski also won the Slinger Nationals and has victories at Madison International Speedway, Dells Raceway Park and LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway this season.
Joe Shear Classic and All-Star 100 winner Austin Nason comes into the Dixieland 250 as the current ARCAMT point leader as he holds a 12-point margin over Johnson, who recently won the Larry Detjens Memorial at State Park Speedway. Jefferson Speedway winner Paul Shafer Jr. will be looking for his second victory of the year along with State Park Speedway winner and former ARCAMT champion Andrew Morrissey.
The Fox River Racing Club weekly competitors will be looking to defend their turf on Tuesday night. Those coming to take on the Midwest’s Best include: defending FRRC champion Andy Monday, multi-time champion Jeff VanOudenHoven, Jesse Oudenhoven, Chad Butz, Kyle Calmes, defending Red, White, and Blue champion Bobby Kendall, Pete Vandermolen, Maxwell Schultz, Brent Strelka, Jake Carpenter and Mickey Schallie.
Derek Kraus, who is currently third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings with three victories, will be looking to be a first-time winner. He will be joined by other young guns that include Gabe Sommers, Grant Griesbach and CARS Tour competitor and JR Motorsports Development Driver Sam Mayer.
ARCA Racing Series competitor Chase Purdy will be making his first Midwest Tour start in the 250-lapper.
The gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying set for 5:00 and racing action at 7:00. A fan autograph session will take place beginning at 6:00. Tickets are $20 with free admission for those ages 12 and under. The race will also air live on Speed51.com for $19.99.
Preliminary Entry List
Dixieland 250 presented by SCAG Power Equipment
ARCA Midwest Tour
Tuesday August 7, 2018
Wisconsin International Raceway, Kaukauna, WI
Car # Name – Hometown State
1 Jesse Oudenhoven – Kaukauna WI
5 Casey Johnson – Edgerton WI
5 Jeff Holmgren, Jr – East Troy WI
5 John Beale – Verona WI
5 Johnny Sauter – Necedah WI
7 John DeAngelis, Jr – Hubertus WI
7 Paul Shafer, Jr – Portage IN
8 Billy Mohn – New Market MN
8 Chad Butz – Suamico WI
9 Derek Kraus – Stratford WI
9 Kyle Calmes – Gillett WI
10 Andy Monday – Appleton WI
11 Bobby Kendall – Montello WI
12 Sam Mayer – Franklin WI
12 Nick Murgic – Rosemount MN
14 Austin Nason – Roscoe IL
15 Gabe Sommers – Plover WI
17 Grant Griesbach – Pewaukee WI
18 Michael Ostdiek – Lakeville MN
30 Pete Vandermolen – Oshkosh WI
32 Brett Yackey – Greeley CO
34 Maxwell Schultz – Reedsville WI
36 Dan Fredrickson – Lakeville MN
39 Andrew Morrissey – DeForest WI
42 Dennis Prunty – Knowles WI
43 Matt Kocourek – Franklin WI
44 Justin Mondeik – Gleason WI
45 Jeff VanOudenhoven – Appleton WI
45 Rich Bickle, Jr – Edgerton WI
51 Steve Apel – West Bend WI
52 Brent Strelka – Freedom WI
53 Jake Carpenter – Ashwaubenon WI
75 Chris Weinkauf – Merrill WI
75 Dillon Hammond – Grand Marsh WI
76 Jason Weinkauf – Merrill WI
77 Jonathan Eilen – Hampton MN
81 Chase Purdy – Meridian MS
91 Mickey Schallie – Darboy WI
91 Ty Majeski – Seymour WI
97 James Swan – Lake Geneva WI
119 Dalton Zehr – Daytona Beach FL