ASA STARS National Tour
Unofficial Results: ASA STARS Father's Day 100 at Milwaukee
Jun 18, 2023
Dominating the final stage of the Father's Day 100 for the ASA STARS National Tour and ASA Midwest Tour at The Milwaukee Mile, Ty Majeski took the checkered flag and added to his points lead with the National Tour.
Majeski set fast time in qualifying and started second following the pre-race redraw, and quickly jumped out to the lead. He paced the field for the entirety of the first stage before relinquishing the lead to fellow title contender Casey Roderick, who stayed out on track rather than coming to pit road at the stage break.
Majeski reclaimed the top spot just before the end of the second stage, taking the lead from Roderick on lap 61. From there, clean air and a fast race car carried Majeski to victory lane.
“We just had a lot of speed," said Majeski after the race. "Here, that’s super important. In the past, we’ve always had speed, but wore out tires. This week, we took a little bit different approach and built that rear grip into it but tried to keep the speed in it. I think we accomplished that.”
As one of the most historic venues in all of American motorsports, The Milwaukee Mile holds a special place in the hearts of race fans. That's especially true for the likes of Wisconsin natives such as Majeski, who hopes to add another Milwaukee trophy to his collection in August with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
“It’s cool to come here. There’s so much history here. Being in our home state, this is probably one of the more historic race tracks in Wisconsin. We don’t get to race here much, so it’s cool to come here and have success.
“We’re coming back here in August for the Truck race and excited to be back here with ThorSport. Hopefully everyone can make it back here.”
There’s so much history here ... We don’t get to race here much, so it’s cool to come here and have success.
Cole Butcher finished second to Majeski piloting the No. 28 for Donnie Wilson Motorsports. He was pleased with the run, but acknowledged he and the rest of the field spent the weekend trying to catch up to Majeski.
“Congrats to Ty Majeski, he was in a world of his own,” said Butcher. “Pretty much from the moment we unloaded, everyone was racing for second. Congratulations to them, thanks to ASA for having us, and we hope to come back next year.”
Roderick finished third to complete the podium, a strong points day for the winner of the season opener at Five Flags Speedway. However, he will lose some ground to Majeski in the points chase, and felt he gave some of his car's performance away with an adjustment on pit road.
“I feel like when we chose to stay out there, our balance on the car was a lot better out front," said Roderick. "It’s a lot of fun, but the air does mess with you when you’re behind someone. It’s really hard to pass because of it. You get really close to someone and lose the nose, and then it just kills your momentum off the corner.
“I was a little free the first stint. I wanted to tighten it up a little bit during the pit stop so I could maybe lean on my right-rear a little more, but it just killed the car. That was my bad. I feel like that was my fault for making the call to tighten the car up when we didn’t need to.”
The biggest incident of the day came on lap 60, following contact between Justin Mondeik and Sean Hingorani. The contact sent Mondeik into the outside wall on the backstretch before caroming into the inside wall, ending his day. Hingorani was penalized for the contact, but he and his team opted to pull into the pits following the incident as well.
“That was definitely the hardest lick I’ve ever taken," said Mondeik. "That was just unfortunate. We had a really good weekend going. We struggled for speed early in the race and were working on it. It was really unfortunate.
“I don’t understand the lack of patience. We have 50 laps to go, he’s how many laps down. I come off of two and give him the complete outside to go around, and he just turns left down the straightaway into the rear and hooks me into the fence. After that, you’re just hanging on from there.
“I understand he’s got a good opportunity with Donnie Wilson Motorsports. At the end of the day, I’m an owner/driver. I’m the one that has to find the money, build the cars, work on them, get to where we are. There’s really nothing salvageable on the car at all. The motor is destroyed, everything.
“It just really sucks. It’s a crappy ending to a decent weekend. We struggled early on in the race but we were trying to salvage it the best we could, and you can see where we’re at.”
Another driver who will be back at Milwaukee in August with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Carson Hocevar, finished fourth, with William Sawalich completing the top five.
The next event for the ASA STARS National Tour will be at Indiana's Anderson Speedway for the 57th Annual Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400 on July 15.
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-Photo credit: Koty Geyer