Despite the wet start to the 45th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend, the festivities rolled on with improving weather each day, culminating with some sunshine on Sunday.
Point leader and the season’s Rookie of the Year, Ty Majeski got caught up in a nasty accident on Saturday night after setting the fast time for the event. The accident completely destroyed the young driver’s rocket-fast race car. Majeski’s team had few options; they either needed to completely rebuild the mangled machine in less than 24 hours, or find another ride–but it had to be a car that was already qualified for the main event.
Majeski’s team had originally planned to use the race car of Mark Kraus, who had raced his way into the main in a qualifier heat, but Kraus was having brake issues and the team was not certain they had it fixed. Instead, they opted to talk to Cardell Potter, who had rented a back-up machine out of the C&C Motorsports shop, after he had wrecked his primary car.
C&C Motorsports also happens to be the shop in which Majeski’s team operates out of, so it was another car that was built by Majeski’s crew chief, Toby Nuttleman, and would likely be the best option for their effort to finish the season on a high note and secure the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Championship.
While Majeski was running well during the first half of the race, a plug wire came loose in the second half, causing him to lose full power and positions throughout the rest of the race. Nathan Haseleu, who had been battling neck-and-neck with Majeski all season for the top spot, passed his rival for eighth place in the waning laps, but Majeski managed to still have enough points in the end to take the championship.
Travis Sauter dominated the race, holding off a hard-charging Dan Fredrickson. Griffin McGrath was third, Jacob Goede and Andrew Morrisey rounded out the top five.