ASA STARS National Tour
Unofficial Race Results: Gandrud Auto Group 250 at Wisconsin Int'l
Aug 2, 2023
For the fourth time in the past five years, Ty Majeski went to victory lane in the Gandrud Auto Group 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway.
It was not without its moments of drama, but the Seymour, Wisconsin native picked up yet another win in the midweek summer staple, continuing a run of dominance in the event that started in 2019.
“This track has been good to me,” said Majeski in victory lane. “We hit on a really good package here in 2019. We really haven’t changed it too much since then.”
Majeski dominated the first half of the 250-lap race on the half-mile oval in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, surrendering the lead for the first time on lap 163 to John DeAngelis. Majeski fell as far back as seventh before being able to put on four fresh tires during the second stage break of the event on lap 180.
This track has been good to me. We hit on a really good package here in 2019. We really haven’t changed it too much since then.
However, Majeski’s closest challengers fell by the wayside one by one during the final stage of the race. Jonathan Eilen took the top spot from DeAngelis on lap 175 just before the end of stage two, only to lose the lead 20 laps later and ultimately pull into the pits with a power steering issue.
DeAngelis once again led the way, but Majeski closed in after racing his way from seventh to second following the stage break. While leading, DeAngelis made contact with the lapped car of Harley Jankowski, leading to significant damage to his No. 7 machine which ended his race.
“We had one of the fastest cars, it was between Ty [Majeski] and I,” said DeAngelis. “Once again, this freaking series. They let a car that’s five laps down run out there with the leaders and decide the outcome of the race. It’s bulls---.”
From there, Majeski held off Luke Fenhaus on a series of late restarts to take the win.
“The 7 car [of DeAngelis] was really good,” said Majeski. “It would have been a great race between him and I. Obviously, he got into that lapped car there and tore up his car. Luke [Fenhaus] was good at the end, he got his car a lot better. It made me honest at the end.
With the win, Majeski ties Dick Trickle for second on the all-time wins list in the event which began in 1981. The only driver with more wins in the event than either Trickle or Majeski is Steve Carlson, with seven victories.
Majeski will have a chance to make more Gandrud Auto Group 250 history in 2024, as he’ll be looking to become the first driver to win the event in three consecutive years. With the race traditionally falling on a Tuesday night, it’s an easy fit even with his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series obligations.
“It works with my schedule. It’s home. A lot of my friends and family are here in the crowd, thank you guys for coming out. What an awesome show, I hope you guys enjoyed it.”
Like in the Slinger Nationals less than a month ago at nearby Slinger Speedway, Luke Fenhaus finished second to Majeski in the final running order. Unlike that evening, when Fenhaus was the dominant driver and a late restart played into Majeski’s favor, Fenhaus considered himself fortunate to be in contention for the win.
“I just got lucky. I got lucky with cautions,” said Fenhaus. “30 [laps] in we lost brakes. I just got lucky with cautions to keep me in the game. Then I got the last three restarts right next to [Majeski]. He was just really good. That’s really it.
“He was the class of the field and they deserved it. He kicked our a-- tonight.”
Derek Kraus completed a Wisconsin-native sweep of the podium, finishing third on the night.
“I thought I was riding in that first little bit. Apparently, when we came in for that break, after that, I didn’t really have anything left. I fell back a little bit, but then we put tires on and was able to drive through the field. I used it up a little bit passing cars, but overall a good night, and we’ll move on to the next one.”
While Majeski added to his ASA STARS National Tour points lead with the win, Gabe Sommers padded his advantage in the ASA Midwest Tour standings with a fourth-place finish. Barrett Polhemus completed the top five.
Full race results can be viewed below.
The next stop for the ASA STARS National Tour will be the Glass City 200 at Toledo Raceway on September 16. After the Glass City 200, only two of the marathon crown jewels of Super Late Model racing, the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway and the All American 400 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, remain in the inaugural ASA STARS season.
|11||69S||Bryan Syer-Keske||248||2 Laps|
|12||7S||Paul Shafer||217||33 Laps|
|13||44M||Justin Mondeik||217||33 Laps|
|14||7D||John DeAngelis||202||48 Laps|
|15||32E||Jonathan Eilen||200||50 Laps|
|16||95J||Harley Jankowski||186||64 Laps|
|17||10M||Andy Monday||173||77 Laps|
|18||33F||Albert Francis||120||130 Laps|
|19||23V||Levon Van Der Geest||108||142 Laps|
|20||92B||RJ Braun||96||154 Laps|
|21||22S||Sammy Smith||90||160 Laps|
|22||11K||Bobby Kendall||82||168 Laps|
|23||33V||Trevor Vandermolen||62||188 Laps|
|24||58S||Joseph Scholze||37||213 Laps|
|25||18S||Johnny Sauter||34||216 Laps|
|26||30V||Pete Vandermolen||26||224 Laps|
|27||7JS||James Swanson||18||232 Laps|
-Photo credit: Ryan Nuttleman