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Four Veterans Lead the 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour Touring Stars List

April 24, 2017

Long time race fans will easily recall the days when they would receive a bright colored flyer in the mail from the ARTGO Challenge Series announcing an upcoming event. Another item fans would recall seeing in the flyer was the “Stars & Cars” that appeared, an idea created by the late promoter John McKarns to help promote not only the event, but the top Midwest drivers that are guaranteed to be competing at that event.

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Birthday girl Natalie Decker looks forward to first visit to Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25

June 10, 2016
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Will compete in the ARCA Midwest Tour race prior to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec

Natalie Decker will celebrate her 19th birthday on June 25 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Although no particular site on the property has been selected, odds are she wouldn’t mind cutting her birthday cake and making a wish in Domino’s Victory Lane behind pit road.

Decker competes in the ARCA Midwest Tour and will drive in her first race at GMP in the Illinois Lottery Presents ARCA Midwest 50. Although she is a newcomer to GMP’s challenging asphalt oval, Decker is not intimidated by its unique characteristics.

“Our team is super excited to race at Gateway! This will be our biggest track we have ever raced on,” Decker said. “Gateway’s track is a favorite of many who race there due to its unique shape and different degrees of banking in each corner.

“It will be very important for me to give Tom Ress, my crew chief, detailed feedback on the handling of the car during test laps so we can get it dialed in right away,” Decker said. “Then I can really focus on mastering the track with some good test sessions. Turns 1 and 2 have similarities to New Hampshire while turns 3 and 4 mimic Phoenix. The egg-shaped oval is very much like Darlington. I am really looking forward to racing on the same day as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. If the opportunity arises I will look to some of the Truck drivers for advice on driving the track.

“It’s my birthday on the day of the race at Gateway so my birthday wish is to be the first female to win in the ARCA Midwest Tour,” Decker said.

When not competing in the ARCA Midwest Tour, Decker races at short tracks around her hometown of Eagle River, Wisconsin, in the Super Late Model class. She’s won twice this year at her home track (State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin) and Marshfield (Wisconsin) Motor Speedway.

Her racing career began in karts at age nine. At age 12 she graduated to Mod 4. Through the years she moved up the ladder faster than her parents could keep up with her.

“Each year Natalie’s driving improved so fast and she would be running at the front of her class, before the season ended I would be searching for a car for the next level,” said Natalie’s father, Chuck Decker.

Following successful seasons in Super Stocks, Limited Late Models and Midwest Truck Tour competition, Decker graduated to Super Late Models. She participated in Rev Racing’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine in 2013 and 2014.

She was selected by NASCAR to join their Drive for Diversity program in 2015 and battled weekly with the best short track racers in the country at the rugged Hickory Motor Speedway just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. She also raced from Wisconsin to Florida in her family-owned Super Late Model that year and scored four wins.

And here’s an interesting fact: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Danica Patrick’s middle name is Sue, in honor of Sue Decker (Natalie’s mother). Sue is responsible for arranging a blind date for Danica’s parents, the former Beverly Flaten and T.J. Patrick — and the rest, as they say, is history.

To follow Natalie on social media: @Natalieracing on Twitter or www.nataliedeckerracing.com.

NASCAR DRIVIN’ FOR LINEMEN 200 BROUGHT TO YOU BY ALTEC SCHEDULE

Friday, June 24

5-6 p.m. — NASCAR garages open to the public.

6-10 p.m. — Party at the ‘Plex at the Gateway Kartplex (kart racing, music, entertainment). NASCAR drivers have been invited to participate.

Saturday, June 25

8 a.m. — Spectator gates open.

8:30-9:25 a.m. — First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice.

9:30-10:20 a.m. — First USAC practice.

10:30-11:55 a.m. — Final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice.

12:30 p.m. — USAC qualifying.

1 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour practice.

1:45-2:30 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver autograph session (infield area).

2:15 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour qualifying.

3 p.m. — USAC driver introductions.

3:30 p.m. — Vatterott College Silver Crown Showdown (USAC Silver Crown Series, 60 laps, 75 miles).

4:45 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds).

6 p.m. — Illinois Lottery Presents ARCA Midwest 50 (40 laps, 50 miles, timed event).

7 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec driver introductions.

7:30 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec (160 laps, 200 miles).

Schedule is subject to change.

The vision for the new Gateway Motorsports Park is to create a racing lifestyle that attracts enthusiasts, professionals, amateurs and car lovers by harnessing the energy and passion of the thousands of racing fans in the heart of the Midwest.

Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering nearly 200 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region, encompassing a ¼-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6- mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a new 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

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Majeski’s Magical Championship Season

November 25, 2015
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by Kari Shear-Carlson / November 25, 2015 – With his second consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment Championship, a record six series wins, a total of 18 fast times and 18 wins at 12 different tracks throughout his season, a recent win in the Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway, and being crowned the first ever Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) Champion, it is safe to say Ty Majeski has created one of the most decorated resume’s in short track racing in 2015.

In 2014, Majeski caught the eyes of his midwestern competitors, capturing both the ARCA Midwest Tour Championship and Rookie of the Year title in the same year. He backed it up in 2015 with six wins in the series, and taking home yet another championship, this time capturing the attention of some of the biggest names in racing, including Dale Earnhardt Jr, who mentioned Majeski as the real deal in a recent tweet.

If you ask Majeski what his secret to success is, his response is simple. “Racing’s been a part of me since I was nine years old. I live, eat, and breathe it. If I’m not racing, I’m thinking about racing, or I’m on my iRacing simulator.”

The young driver has been compared to another consecutive Midwest Tour Champion, and short track racing legend, Steve Carlson. Short track success isn’t the only common denominator between the two.

“I’ve learned a lot from Steve (Carlson). My crew chief, Toby Nuttleman, was Steve’s crew chief when he was racing the Midwest Tour. We won our championships with the same team. Our cars came out of the same shop. To be able to fill his shoes in that respect, is really special. He taught me a lot about being a race car driver,” said Majeski.

While racing consumes Majeski’s mind most of the time, he doesn’t let it take away from earning his engineering degree from the University of Madison.

“School is important, and you can’t count on racing 100%. You have to have a back-up plan. I think it’s important to get your degree to fall back on. Everything’s going great right now, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and see how things play out,” he said.

Majeski is the type of driver that can make racing look easy at times, but one thing he and the team never stop doing, is striving to get better.

“As soon as you think you’re the best, it starts to decline, so we are always working to improve. We worked really hard through last year’s off season to get better, and it shows in our performance.”

Out of the 18 races the team’s performance took them to victory lane, there is one race that stands out more than any other. “I have always wanted a guitar, and I really wanted to get one this year. The ARCA Midwest Tour race at Elko Speedway was definitely the best race, Majeski admitted.

“Coming from the back, and then racing all the way to the line with Jacob Goede and Danny Fredrickson…that one was really big. That race definitely sticks out the most to me this season,” he added.

Ty will have another chance to add yet one more victory to his already impressive resume, as he heads to Pensacola, FL for the 48th Annual running of the Snowball Derby, Dec 2nd-6th.

Drivers from the Midwest are faced with a few challenges when racing in the South, but Ty had no problem overcoming those challenges with his win in the Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway.

“Southern competition is a little different than what we are used to in the Midwest. The rules are different and it’s just different racing. I think our win in the Governor’s Cup showed that we can race throughout the country, and that is really important,” said Majeski.

As he closes out his 2015 racing season, Ty Majeski and his team will be honored at the 2015 ARCA Midwest Tour Championship banquet on Saturday, February 6th, at The Marquis Ballroom in Fitchburg, WI.

For complete banquet details, go to arcamidwesttour.com

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedway.

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Who’s Who in Short Track Racing Driver Highlights on the Road to the Dixieland 250

July 24, 2015
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ARCA Midwest Tour Returns to Wisconsin International Speedway on Tuesday, August 4th

by Kari Shear-Carlson
July 24, 2015 – There are several reasons you will want to attend the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment Potawatomi Dixieland 250 presented by Calypso Lemonade at Wisconsin International Raceway on August 4th. Not only is the tradition of one of the most prestigious events in Midwest racing history returning to one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit, but it will be a representation of the Who’s Who in short track racing, with top names from all over the country making their way to the D-shaped half-mile.

Ty Majeski, the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Champion and Rookie of the Year, is one of the hottest drivers in the country right now. He has won eight races at eight different tracks, including one win at New Smyrna during Speedweeks in Florida, and is the current point leader of the ARCA Midwest Tour. He has been to victory lane in two special events at WIR, including the Red Race in 2014 and the TUNDRA event earlier this year.

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Dennis Prunty, the most recent winner of the famed Slinger Nationals, began his 24th year of racing in 2015. He finished 2nd in points at Slinger Super Speedway in 2014 and raced with the ARCA Midwest Tour in 2013. Most notably, Prunty won the super late model championship at both Dells Raceway Park and Slinger Super Speedway in 2012. Prunty has also become an annual force at the famed Snowball Derby in Pensacola, FL.

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Natalie Decker, a member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, is coming off back-to-back victories at Golden Sands Speedway and State Park Speedway, with three super late model wins in the month of July. Natalie has accumulated limited late model and super late model wins all over central WI and continues to be on the fast track to success. In 2013, she was the Midwest Truck Tour Rookie and Sportsman of the year.

Stay tuned as we continue to highlight the best short track drivers in the country making their way to the Dixieland 250 on Tuesday, August 4th.

The ARCA Midwest Tour will also be joined by the Big 8 Series on Tuesday night, August 4th. The grandstands will open at 4:00pm. Qualifying will begin at 5:00pm, opening ceremonies will be at 6:15 and racing at 7:00pm. See you there!

For complete event details, log on to arcamidwesttour.com

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedway.