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Shafer “Salutes the Troops” With His First ARCAMT Win at Jefferson

It has been a long time coming, but Paul Shafer Jr. and his crew finally broke through and celebrated their first ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment victory during a Memorial Day weekend special at Jefferson Speedway, located between Cambridge and Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Shafer took over the lead from Dalton Zehr with 45 laps to go and then kept his distance from three-time Jefferson Speedway track champion Casey Johnson to end his long drought and get the long-awaited checkered flag.

The win, especially being the first one in the Tour, at Jefferson Speedway has a special meaning for Shafer and his longtime crew chief Chris Purdy.

“Now that the first one is out of the way, maybe we can get a couple more,” a smiling Shafer said after the race. “It’s awesome to get the first win here for a lot of reasons. One, it’s probably the short track in whole State of Wisconsin, especially with the way how they run it every week. During the Joe Shear Classic, we practiced on Saturday afternoon and we came over here and watched the races. The second is that my crew chief Chris Purdy grew up in the Janesville/Milton area and he ran here a lot. I think he won eight out of nine features one year. It means a lot to me, Chris and everyone on the team because many are from around here.”

Shafer, who was also the fast qualifier, started 13th and was up to second by lap 42 after passing Johnson was an early leader in the race. Shafer was trying to chase down Dalton Zehr for the top spot.

Shafer would inherit the lead when Zehr started to slow on the track and came to a stop to bring out the final of six cautions on the night. Zehr said after the race that he thinks the alternator went on his car and drained the battery. He would finish 17th.

Shafer would drive the final 45 laps without being challenged and capture his first win in 32 starts.

“His care must have shut off or something,” Shafer said. “I think we had a better car, but it was a matter of saving tires. If it would have stayed green, we would not have caught him. But, if we had a yellow I think we would have had a lot for him.”

Johnson was hoping to get the victory at what he would consider to be his home track.

“I thought we were going to be really good. We got going and I could start feeling the brake pedal fading and she just wanted to go on the floor on me. I don’t know if I boiled the fluid or ran it too hard or what. I think one got away from us. We lucked into second. The care was terrible once I couldn’t hit the brakes. We salvaged one tonight.”

Billy Mohn overcame a bad night at last week’s Cabin Fever 100 to finish third.

“The car was really good. We definitely turned our luck around from State Park Speedway. I can’t complain about this, and it’s a good way to end the day,” Mohn said after the race. “I didn’t expect a podium finish tonight. I know our car has been good enough and I haven’t been able to show it with our starting positions. Tonight, we were able to show it and worked out well.”

Joe Shear Classic winner Austin Nason finished fourth with Andrew Morrissey coming back from being involved in an early caution to finish fifth.

Prior to driver introductions, all active and retired service members were invited to come on the track and be a part of one of a large greeting line to meet the drivers before they strapped into their cars for tonight’s 100-lap event.

“That was awesome,” Shafer exclaimed. “To get to see all of the members of the military and shake their hands and tell them thank you for all they do, it means a lot to them and it means a lot to us.

The Midwest Compact Touring Series joined the program and put on a show in their 30 lap feature event. Brandon DeLacy scored the win after the leaders tussled in the closing laps to win back to back main events in the series.

Matt McKinney and Phil Malouf paced the field to green as Malouf held the early advantage. Tom Berens charged up between McKinney and Keith Bell to steal away the second position on lap two. Berens continued forward alongside the leader, Malouf, on lap four. Berens put his car out front a  lap later with Gary Stark trying to follow under Malouf for second. Stark cleared for second on lap six as DeLacy in tow for third. The leaders ran single file until lap 14 when Stark began to apply heavy pressure to Berens on the point. Stark drove to the high side, drawing even with Berens as the due raced wheel to wheel trading paint along the way. On lap 18, Berens regained the advantage, but Stark tried to crossover to the bottom side of the racing surface while DeLacy watched from third. With ten laps remaining, Stark once again drew even with Berens, this time on the low side. As the laps ticked away, the pair of competitors continued to fight for position while DeLacy kept a close eye from third. Contact on lap 27 forced both drivers to check up slightly, allowing DeLacy to close the gap and join the battle for the lead. More contact between Berens and Stark forced them to slow enough that DeLacy got a good run to stick his nose out front as they raced past the white flag. DeLacy held the momentum and completed the final lap first to score the win. Berens hung on for second with Stark right behind in third. Mike Lambert and Keith Bell completed the top five.

Rounding out the program was the Hobby Stock division. Jim Tate Jr of Doylestown made the late race pass to pick up the 25 lap feature event. Ricky Sanwick led early from the pole with Jon Benninger still close by and Scott Riedner charging toward the front. Riedner drove under Benninger and slid up next to Sanwick on lap three. Riedner cleared for the top spot bringing Dan Snyder along for second. Bud Riedner joined the front pack as well on lap six with Tate in tow for fourth. On lap ten, Bud Riedner managed to get by Snyder to pick up second and begin pressuring his father, Scott, on the point. Tate moved past Snyder as well, diving under Bud Riedner on lap 14. A lap later, Tate was riding in second and focusing his attention on Scott Riedner out front. Tate took to the high side on lap 17, pulling even a lap later as they raced side by side for the lead. Tate inched forward, eventually clearing for the top spot with just three laps remaining. Tate hung on from there to get the win followed by Scott Riedner, Bud Riedner, Chester Williams and Dustin Ward.

Next Saturday, June 2, is a full program of racing in six divisions featuring the Late Models, Internationals, Road Warriors, Bandits, Legends and Bandoleros. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.

 

JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY

ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models-

Qualifying-

Pos No. Name Best Tm
1 7S Paul Shafer Jr. 13.569
2 18 Mike Ostdiek 13.599
3 9K Derek Kraus 13.601
4 5J Casey Johnson 13.607
5 119 Dalton Zehr 13.625
6 14 Austin Nason 13.669
7 52 Ricky Baker 13.679
8 80 Ryan Farrell 13.703
9 39 Andrew Morrissey 13.712
10 5B John Beale 13.713
11 45 Rich Bickle 13.716
12 7D John DeAngelis Jr. 13.747
13 5H Jeff Holmgren 13.798
14 8M Billy Mohn 13.864
15 77 Jonathan Eilen 13.875
16 20 Derek Doerr 13.911
17 44 Justin Mondeik 13.916
18 13 Mikie Breiner 14.119
19 75 Dillon Hammond 14.233
20 40 Scott Patrick 14.368
21 40 Curt Tillman 14.423

 

Qualifier Race-

Pos No. Name
1 44 Justin Mondeik
2 77 Jonathan Eilen
3 13 Mikie Breiner
4 75 Dillon Hammond
5 20 Derek Doerr
6 40 Curt Tillman
7 40 Scott Patrick

 

Odd/Even Dashes-

Pos No. Name
1 8M Billy Mohn
2 14 Austin Nason
3 5J Casey Johnson
4 5B John Beale
5 7D John DeAngelis Jr.
6 18 Mike Ostdiek
7 80 Ryan Farrell

 

Pos No. Name
1 45 Rich Bickle
2 39 Andrew Morrissey
3 5H Jeff Holmgren
4 119 Dalton Zehr
5 52 Ricky Baker
6 9K Derek Kraus
7 7S Paul Shafer Jr.

 

100 lap Feature Results-

Pos No. Name
1 7S Paul Shafer Jr.
2 5J Casey Johnson
3 8M Billy Mohn
4 14 Austin Nason
5 39 Andrew Morrissey
6 80 Ryan Farrell
7 45 Rich Bickle
8 44 Justin Mondeik
9 77 Jonathan Eilen
10 5B John Beale
11 52 Ricky  Baker
12 7D John DeAngelis Jr.
13 75 Dillon Hammond
14 40 Scott Patrick
15 9K Derek  Kraus
16 18 Mike Ostdiek
17 119 Dalton Zehr
18 5H Jeff Holmgren
19 13 Mikie Breiner
20 20 Derek Doerr
21 40 Curt Tillman

 

 

Midwest Compact Touring Series-

Qualifying-

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 35S Gary Stark Jr. 15.949
2 26L Mike Lambert 16.075
3 99B Tom Berens 16.155
4 119D Brandon DeLacy 16.222
5 213M Josh Marx 16.246
6 0B Keith Bell 16.37
7 21C Scott Ciesieski 16.464
8 32M Phil Malouf 16.555
9 47M Matt McKinney 16.673
10 54P Bob Peters 17.204

 

Heat Race-

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 35S Gary Stark Jr.
2 99B Tom Berens
3 0B Keith Bell
4 119D Brandon DeLacy
5 54P Bob Peters
6 21C Scott Ciesieski
7 26L Mike Lambert
8 213M Josh Marx
9 32M Phil Malouf
10 37 Chris Jackson

 

30 lap Feature Results-

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 119D Brandon DeLacy
2 99B Tom Berens
3 35S Gary Stark Jr.
4 26L Mike Lambert
5 0B Keith Bell
6 47M Matt McKinney
7 32M Phil Malouf
8 54P Bob Peters
9 21C Scott Ciesieski
10 213M Josh Marx
11 37 Chris Jackson

 

 

Hobby Stocks-

Qualifying-

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 27T Jim Tate  Jr 15.83
2 22W Chester Williams 15.93
3 9W Dustin Ward 16.021
4 4d Bud Riedner 16.025
5 5A Brandon Angileri 16.14
6 51S Dan Snyder 16.146
7 22E Chuck Egli 16.346
8 26R Scott Riedner 16.363
9 10B Jon Benniger 16.389
10 7W Jim Wolf 16.439
11 81 Ricky Sanwick 16.621
12 13B Miguel Baladez 16.778

 

Heat Races-

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 26R Scott Riedner
2 22E Chuck Egli
3 13B Miguel Baladez
4 81 Ricky Sanwick
5 10B Jon Benniger
6 7W Jim Wolf

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 4d Bud Riedner
2 51S Dan Snyder
3 22W Chester Williams
4 27T Jim Tate  Jr
5 9W Dustin Ward
6 5A Brandon Angileri

 

25 lap Feature Results-

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 27T Jim Tate  Jr
2 26R Scott Riedner
3 4d Bud Riedner
4 22W Chester Williams
5 9W Dustin Ward
6 51S Dan Snyder
7 10B Jon Benniger
8 5A Brandon Angileri
9 22E Chuck Egli
10 81 Ricky Sanwick
11 13B Miguel Baladez

 

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