Midwest’s Best Set for the Joe Shear Classic This Sunday at Madison

The 11th season for the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will take the green flag this Sunday afternoon at 2pm with the 10th running of the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.

This year’s race will bring a new format and distance in honor of the legend, who was a four-time track champion at Madison and sadly passed away in 1998. This year’s race will be 200 laps around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval with controlled pit stops.

The 11th season for the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will take the green flag this Sunday afternoon at 2pm with the 10th running of the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.

This year’s race will bring a new format and distance in honor of the legend, who was a four-time track champion at Madison and sadly passed away in 1998. This year’s race will be 200 laps around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval with controlled pit stops.

Eight drivers have etched their names in the Joe Shear Classic history book with only one driver, Nathan Haseleu, winning the event twice in 2009 and 2014.

This year’s entry list will include four previous winners: Dan Fredrickson, the inaugural winner in 2008; Andrew Morrissey in 2012; Travis Sauter in 2014; and three-time ARCAMT champion Ty Majeski will return as the defending winner of the event.

Along with the past winners, many other notable drivers will be looking for their first Joe Shear Classic victory this Sunday afternoon starting at 2pm.

Rich Bickle, Jr, a two-time former MIS track champion, will make his return after a short absence behind the wheel. He has three wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 85 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Jonathan Eilen will be making his record setting 93rd ARCA Midwest Tour start. The Hampton, Minnesota driver won the first ever Tour race in 2007.

Dennis Prunty is the defending Dixieland 250 winner and a former Slinger Nationals champion and finished third in last year’s event.

Bobby Wilberg, has 12 overall track championships at Madison, and comes into 2017 as the defending track champion. He also holds seven titles at Rockford Speedway.

Mike Beyer is a 2003 MIS track champion and a former winner at Rockford’s National Short Track Championship.

Dalton Zehr, two-time TUNDRA Late Model Series champion and is the defending track champion at Marshfield Motor Speedway.

Paul Shafer Jr. and Ricky Baker will be representing the Chicagoland area. Shafer won the Illiana Motor Speedway title at the age of 17 and Baker is the defending Bettenhausen Memorial winner and is a two-time Grundy County Speedway track champion.

Jeff Van OudenHoven is the defending Fox River Racing Club Super Late Model champion at Wisconsin International Raceway.

John Beale has three feature wins at MIS in 2016.

Young stars like Derek Kraus, Natalie Decker, Austin Nason, Bobby Kendall, Andy Jones, Chad Butz, and Kulwicki Driver Development Program drivers Justin Mondiek and Michael Ostdiek.

Overall, 36 drivers are on the expected entry list.

Spectator gates for the 10th Annual Joe Shear Classic will open at 11:30am on Sunday, May 7th, racing begins at 2pm. The afternoon will also feature a post qualifying fan autograph session in the new Turn 4 Party Pavilion. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Whelen Heroes, Seniors and Students (ages 12-17) $22, Kids (6-11) $10 with Children (5 & under) Free. Family pricing is also available for $60 which includes up to two adults and up to four admissions for those ages 17 & under. For additional information visit www.misracing.com or call 608-835-9700.

Visit arcamidwesttour.com for the full schedule and be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment on Facebook (/midwestour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

ARCA Midwest Tour Presented by SCAG Power Equipment
10th Annual Joe Shear Classic
May 7, 2017

Car #

Name Hometown State

4

Brad Tilton Cheyenne WY

5

John Beale Verona WI

7

John DeAngelis, Jr Hubertus WI

7

Paul Shafer, Jr Portage IN

8

Chad Butz Suamico WI

9

Derek Kraus Stratford WI

11

Andy Jones Gurnee IL

11

Bobby Kendall Montello WI

14

Austin Nason Roscoe IL

15

Dean LaPointe Marshfield WI

18

Michael Ostdiek Lakeville MN

20

Jim Sauter, Jr Tomah WI

22

Jeremy Spoonmore Somonauk IL

22

Russ Blakely Frankfurt KY

28

Bobby Wilberg Beloit WI

30

Joshua James Saukville WI

35

Travis Dassow West Bend WI

36

Dan Fredrickson Lakeville MN

39

Andrew Morrissey DeForest WI

42

Dennis Prunty Knowles WI

43

Matt Kocourek Franklin WI

44

Justin Mondeik Gleason WI

45

Jeff VanOudenhoven Appleton WI

45

Rich Bickle, Jr Edgerton WI

47

Travis Sauter Prairie du Sac WI

52

Ricky Baker Plainfield IL

55

Don Sabitino Carol Stream IL

62

John Heath Lakeville MN

75

Chris Weinkauf Merrill WI

75

Mike Beyer Machesney Park IL

76

Jason Weinkauf Merrill WI

77

Jonathan Eilen Hampton MN

87

Jamie Wallace Genoa City WI

91

Ty Majeski Seymour WI

119

Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach FL

O4

Natalie Decker Eagle River WI