WEST SALEM, Wis. – The ARCA Midwest Tour has released the expected entry list for the 47th annual Oktoberfest 200, coming up this weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wis.
The drivers on the list could make this one of the most intense weekends in short track racing to make the field for Sunday’s main event. Many will also compete in Friday’s Dick Trickle 99 presented by JE Pistons.
When you talk to the drivers about the field expected to qualify for this year’s event, the common theme is the old phrase, “In order to be the best, you have to beat the best.”
Some of the best include NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Daytona Int’l Speedway winner Johnny Sauter, Michigan hot shoe Brian Campbell, four-time Oktoberfest winner Travis Sauter, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil, former ARCA Midwest Tour champion Andrew Morrissey, recently crowned National Short Track Championship winner Casey Johnson, Red Eye 100 winner Cole Anderson and many more.
Even recent All-American 400 winner Bubba Pollard posted a quick video message on Bruce Nuttleman’s Facebook page saying, “See you at Fest.”
Defending winner Dan Fredrickson will be looking for his fifth title on Sunday. He appreciates the competition coming to Fest this year.
“It will be good for the Oktoberfest race to have these names from around the country,” Fredrickson said. “I think they will run well and should make a great race. Campbell and Pollard are on a run of victories right now.”
Two-time defending ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski and his crew chief Toby Nuttleman are busy preparing for a full Fest schedule, where they plan on competing in every late model event with the exception of The Futures race on Thursday night.
Of all of the races, they are focused on Sunday’s 200, as they have some unfinished business from last year.
“Sunday is the one that we really want,” Majeski said. “Toby has never won it and I want nothing more than to be the one to win it for him. It would definitely be the icing on the cake for his already very decorated career.”
When asked about the competition coming to fest, he had a simple answer.
“It’ll be awesome to have those guys come to our house.”
Majeski is also looking to become the first driver to win the ARCA Midwest Tour championship three years in a row. He currently holds a 67-point lead over Paul Shafer Jr. in the standings.
The 47th annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend takes place on Oct. 6-9 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
CREDIT: ARCA Midwest Tour