Johnson Grabs a $15k Payday in the Joe Shear Classic at Madison

By: Kevin Ramsell

Casey Johnson and the Apex Motorsports team only needed 25 minutes between practice and qualifying to get the transmission changed in his car.

He paid his team back for their hard work by winning the 15th running of the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Joe Shear Classic 200 presented by Keen Parts on Sunday afternoon at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.

For the first time, the event paid $15,000 to win and $1,500 to start.

“This is definitely a crown jewel,” Johnson exclaimed after the race. “Especially with the way how Gregg (McKarns, ARCA Midwest Tour Promoter) is bumping up the purse for 200 laps and honoring a great race car driver like Joe Shear. This is a big win for me.”

The two-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion would start third and fall back to fifth in the early going but that is as far as he would fall back as he would move forward by driving up to the second spot by lap 14.

His run to the front would be slowed on lap 27 when five-time Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski broke an oil line going into turn three making hard contact with the backend of his car. He would walk away, but was done for the day.

Austin Nason would lead the field back to green on lap 34 with Dalton Zehr taking over the second spot from Johnson.

Zehr would take over the lead from Nason on lap 54 and would lead until the competition caution on lap 99. The entire field headed to pit road for fuel and tires.

On the re-start on lap 105, Zehr and Johnson would battle for the top spot with Johnson taking over the lead from Zehr.

The final caution would wave on lap 136 when Nason had a left rear trailing arm break coming out of turn two causing him to spin and make contact with the backstretch wall.

Johnson would again lead the field on the final re-start on lap 141. He would build up a comfortable lead on Zehr and Derek Kraus.

Zehr would make a charge at the end but would come up 0.424 seconds short at the checkered flag.

Kraus would finish third with fast qualifier John deAngelis finishing fourth. Riley Stenjem came from his 20th starting spot to finish fifth.

“If you are going to win the race, you don’t have a lot of time to think, you just got to hit your marks and stay smooth,” Johnson said regarding Zehr’s late charge. “If they catch you they do, if they don’t they don’t. I just set a pace where I knew the car would hang on and it was just enough.”

“Joe Shear is a staple in the midwest short track racing community, so it’s a big honor to win his race.”

The ARCA Midwest Tour’s next event is on Saturday, May 28th at Jefferson Speedway, located between Cambridge and Jefferson, Wisconsin, for the Salute the Troops 100.

More information can be found at midwestour.racing.

Joe Shear Classic 200 Feature Results

#

Name

Laps

Diff

1

5J

Casey Johnson

200

2

119Z

Dalton Zehr

200

0.424

3

9

Derek Kraus

200

4.527

4

7D

John DeAngelis

200

5.918

5

77s

Riley Stenjem

200

7.305

6

77E

Jonathan Eilen

200

10.234

7

15S

Gabe Sommers

200

12.119

8

35

Carson Kvapil

200

14.285

9

25S

Jeff Storm

200

18.867

10

44M

Justin Mondeik

199

1 Lap

11

87

Brent Edmunds

199

1 Lap

12

81S

Bryan Syer-Keske

199

1 Lap

13

36f

Dan Fredrickson

199

1 Lap

14

8k

Matt Kenseth

199

1 Lap

15

23V

Levon VanDerGeest

199

1 Lap

16

8

Eddie Hoffman

199

1 Lap

17

80F

Ryan Farrell

198

2 Laps

18

100

Tristan Swanson

196

4 Laps

19

95J

Harley Jankowski

195

20

4F

Luke Fenhaus

194

21

14N

Austin Nason

136

58 Laps

22

2B

Gregory Borchardt

112

82 Laps

23

11K

Bobby Kendall

91

103 Laps

24

2mb

Michael Bilderback

89

105 Laps

25

17K

Max Kahler

58

136 Laps

26

8S

Shaun Scheel

57

137 Laps

27

21

Ty Majeski

33

161 Laps

28

39M

Andrew Morrissey

17

177 Laps

29

34H

Brandon Hill

9

185 Laps