ARCA MT: Ty Majeski Dominates ARCA Border War II at Illiana

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SCHERERVILLE, Ind. – official release — Doug Hornickel photo — Rookie Ty Majeski led the final 46 laps en route to winning Monday’s combined ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series Border Wars II late-model event at Illiana Motor Speedway.

Brian Campbell and Jason Weinkauf set the front row this afternoon for the second combined event between the ARCA Midwest Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series this year. Weinkauf took the lead on lap one and the front of field quickly settled in. Battles continued in the back of the field as they race side-by-side for several laps before all settling into position.

ARCA/CRA Super Series point leader Brian Campbell had no intentions of letting ARCA Midwest star Weinkauf out of his sights. The top five were nose to tail. Weinkauf and Campbell started to pull away from the rest of the field as Weinkauf continued to set the pace. However on lap 27 it looked as though Campbell was about to make his move, but before he could make it happen, the first caution came out. Brandon Watson was off the pace on the backstretch.

The double-file restart was set as Jason Weinkauf chose the inside followed by Majeski and James Swan. Campbell chose the outside lane with the No. 8 of Eddie Hoffman and fast qualifier Chris Weinkauf following suit.

Jason Weinkauf led at the line, but Campbell shot to the lead in the middle of the backstretch and started to pull away. Hoffman was on the outside of Majeski and dove to the bottom of Jason Weinkauf, but Weinkauf shut the door. Nathan Haseleu was smoothly moving through the field making the pass for sixth over Swan, as Campbell continued to set the pace putting a clear distance between himself and Jason Weinkauf.

On lap 42 Ali Kearn spun coming out of turn two bringing out the second caution of the day. At the restart, Campbell went to the inside followed by Majeski, Haseleu. Jason Weinkauf, Hoffman and Chris Weinkauf all went to the outside.

As the green flag dropped, Campbell maintained his lead, but it got really exciting as the top seven were three wide all fighting for the next spot. Once it all cleared out, Majeski was second followed by Jason Weinkauf. Campbell once again stretched out his lead. Hoffman was shuffled back to the sixth spot. Travis Braden had made his was up to the top five and was challenging Jason Weinkauf for the third spot, but Hoffman came back and was pressuring Braden.

Braden was looking to the outside of Jason Weinkauf, but Weinkauf shut the door so Braden dove to the inside and took over the final podium position. Hoffman then tried the inside of Weinkauf but was unable to seal the deal.

As the half-way break approached, Campbell appeared to be on a Monday drive. When the race restarted for the second half, Campbell decided to go to the outside leaving the inside starting spot open for Majeski. The two battled side-by-side for several laps, with Campbell having a slight advantage every time they crossed the line.

Campbell finally secured the lead and once again began to pull away a little bit. Majeski fell into second, followed by Hoffman and Chris Weinkauf.

Kenseth, Haseleu and Jonathan Eilen put on a great show all fighting for the fifth position going three wide a few times. In the end, it was Eilen talking the spot followed by Weinkauf and Kenseth for the time being.

While that action was taking place, Majeski took over the lead from Brian Campbell. Campbell fell off the pace and headed to the pits with a flat tire, ending any hope for what seemingly appeared to be his day.

With Campbell out of the picture, it was Majeski and Hoffman leading the way now followed by Haseleu and Eilen. In the end, Majeski crossed the finish line first to earn the victory in the combined event.

“We were running in conservation mode the first 75 and were thinking we were gonna go with about 50 to go. I don’t know what happened to him (Brian Campbell), he just dropped off there,” said Majeski. “I wish we could’ve raced there until the end. I think it really would’ve been a great finish.”

Hoffman finished second with Eilen, after a last lap move past Haseleu, rounded out the podium. Anthony Danta completed the top five.

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