LACROSSE, Wis. — official release — Fast Lap Photography/ARCA MT photo — Travis Sauter won the Oktoberfest 200 ARCA Midwest Tour late model feature Sunday afternoon at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
Tim Sauter started on the pole with Griffin McGrath on the outside of him. Travis Sauter was on the inside second row and Jim Sauter Jr. started third row inside. By lap 17 it was the Sauter, Sauter, Sauter show. Tim Sauter pulled out to a strong lead followed by his son Travis and Tim’s brother, Jim Jr.
So it really came as no surprise that a Sauter dominated both halves of the event, which included a competition caution at the halfway break. During the first half, Tim led his son Travis from the drop of the green, but Travis never let his dad get out of his sight as the two pulled away from the field. But the second half was a different story as Travis took the lead from his dad on lap 120 and held off a hard-charging Dan Fredrickson to win his fourth Oktoberfest event.
“To be on the chart four times is pretty cool,” Travis Sauter said. “This was my first 200-lapper I’ve ever done. Early in the race I was trying to save the car because we were only able put three tires on at the break. I figured I needed the lead in the second half so that I could have lane choice for late race cautions. My dad wasn’t as good in the second half. It got pretty tight with the 36 (Dan Fredrickson) car there at the end but it was fun. It means a lot, it’s a neat race to win.”
Ty Majeski entered the event with a nine-point lead over Nathan Haseleu, but had an unexpected challenge en route to claiming the ARCA Midwest Tour title and series rookie-of-the-year honors. Majeski becomes the first driver to ever win both honors in the same season.
Majeski crashed during a qualifying race and had to borrow a car from fellow racer Cardell Potter in order to start the feature.
He finished ninth with Haseleu eighth, giving Majeski the title.
“The first two races of the season weren’t too good but from then on we went up hill,” Majeski said. “We never had any breathing room though. The points were always tight. Talk about an up and down weekend. I went from setting fast time to wrecking in the dash. But it’s all the people behind me. They were up until 4 a.m. to get the car the best it could be today. I never thought we were out of it. It was definitely a relief when it was all said and done. It’s because of all the hard work by everyone. It feels really good to bring it home for them.”