Joe Shear Classic


Austin Nason Fastest in Practice at Madison

May 4, 2019

Austin Nason Fastest in Practice at Madison

Practice Results

Last year’s winner of the ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic, Austin Nason, was fastest in practice today with a lap of 17.420. His fast time was set during the seventh round of practice this afternoon.

Ty Majeski (17.519), Dan Fredrickson (17.526), Casey Johnson (17.560), and John DeAngelis Jr. (17.634) completed the top five.

Bubba Pollard, Gabe Sommers, Billy Mohn, Nick Murgic, and Rich Bickle Jr. rounded out the top five. A total of twenty-eight drivers were on track today for the Midwest Tour.

A strong field of Midwest Trucks was on hand for practice with Levon VanDerGeest being the fastest with a lap of 18.783.

Practice tomorrow is slated to begin at 11:30 AM with qualifying at 12:45 PM and racing at 2:00 PM.

Sunday Schedule
11:30 Grandstands Open
11:30 Practice

Midwest Trucks
Mid Am Stock Cars

2:00 Racing
Upper Midwest Vintage Heats
Midwest Truck Heats
ARCAMT Qualifiers
ARCAMT Fast Odd / Even
Mid Am Stock Car Heats
Upper Midwest Vintage Feature
ARCAMT Last Chance
Midwest Truck Feature
Mid Am Stock Car Feature
ARCAMT Joe Shear Classic 200 laps


Baker to Forego Tires, Looks to Stock Coolers with Busch Light

March 26, 2019
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Stan Kalwasinski photo

Baker to Forego Tires, Looks to Stock Coolers with Busch Light

Oregon, WI- Last week the ARCA Midwest Tour announced a tire bonus program which offered four bonus Hoosier Tires to the first forty paid entries for the upcoming Sunday May 5 Joe Shear Classic 200 at Madison International Speedway. Chicagoland Champion Ricky Baker asked if he could change his program around in order to keep his coolers stocked for the 2019 race season.

Madison International Speedway is known for selling giant 25 ounce Busch Light cans each summer, and Baker wants to cash in on those instead of the bonus tires. “I have a leftover set of tires from last year sitting in the shop and I’ve been known to have a pretty thirsty team when the races are over so I figured I’d ask.” Stated Baker, a two-time ARCA Midwest Tour Feature Winner. “I usually steal a couple from Chris Weinkauf when we run out, but I had Brad ‘JJ’ Mueller say he’d come help with the pit stops so I figured we could use the extra beer.”

Baker and the rest of the ARCA Midwest Tour ‘Stars and Cars’ will see on-track action begin with an optional practice session on Saturday May 4 from noon until 4 for ARCA Midwest Tour, Midwest Truck, Mid-American Stock Car and Upper Midwest Vintage Series teams. An open practice for all divisions is scheduled at MIS on Saturday April 27 as well. Sunday morning May 5, the high banks will come to life at 11:30am with a final round of practice, followed by qualifying at 12:45pm with racing action slated to get underway at 2pm with a full program of preliminary events and features.

Madison International Speedway is located between Oregon and Stoughton, WI at 1122 Sunrise Road. For additional information, please visit

Entry List News

Champions from All Over the USA Enter the ARCAMT Joe Shear Classic

April 30, 2018
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Champions from All Over the USA Enter the ARCAMT Joe Shear Classic

Kevin Ramsell (Midwest Tour PR)
(Oregon, WI) – Short track series and track champions from all over the United States have filed an entry for this Sunday’s $10,000 to win Joe Shear Classic 200, the opening season event for the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.

Qualifying will get underway at 12:45pm with racing getting underway at 2pm.

Leading the entry list are three former ARCA Midwest Tour champions. Andrew Morrissey is the defending and two-time winner of the Joe Shear Classic and is the 2011 ARCAMT Champion. Dan Fredrickson is a two-time ARCAMT Champion and won a ARCAMT event in 2008. He is also the defending MIS Triple Crown champion. Jonathan Eilen is the 2012 ARCAMT Champion and the first member of the Century Club. He will be making his 119th start this Sunday.

Former Southern Super Series champion and defending Slinger Nationals entry Bubba Pollard is planning on making the trek Senoia, Georgia to compete in his second Shear Classic. Pollard is one of the winningest modern day short track winners and has won many big money races over the last four years.

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, 2017 Oktoberfest 200 winner, and 2015 Joe Shear Classic winner Johnny Sauter is coming back to try to be the third two-time winner of the event. Earlier this year, Sauter won the Truck Series season opener at Daytona with crew chief Joe Shear Jr.

Former CRA Super Series champion Johnny VanDoorn is hoping to return home to Michigan with a $10,000 check in his pocket.

Dalton Zehr is coming into the 2018 ARCAMT season winning the last two of the four ARCAMT events in 2017. He is also the defending TUNDRA Series champion. Wisconsin Challenge Series champion Chris Weinkauf is hoping to add his name to the list of Joe Shear Classic winners.

Former two-time Big 8 Series and former MIS Triple Crown champion Casey Johnson will be there along with five-time Snowball Derby and former MIS track champion Rich Bickle Jr.

Wisconsin International Raceway will be well represented with 2017 track champion Andy Monday and multi-time track champion Jeff VanOudenhoven.

Former Slinger Super Speedway champions Steve Apel hopes to pull of the win at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval.

Former ARCAMT Rookie of the Year winners Nick Murgic and Austin Nason will be joined along with 2017 ROY Michael Ostdiek. They will be joined along with fellow 2017 rookie contenders Justin Mondeik and John DeAngelis Jr. Along with former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Erik Darnell.

New rookie contenders will start their battle for the ROY title this Sunday. Some of those contenders include: John Beale, Gabe Sommers, and Billy Mohn.

Other former track champions entered include defending Wayne Carter Classic winner Ricky Baker, former ARTGO champion, Illiana and Grundy champion Eddie Hoffman, Jason Weinkauf, and Paul Shafer Jr.

Plus many more!!!

Expect a qualify field of stars and cars competing on the tough half-mile oval this Sunday afternoon.

Make your plans to join us for the Joe Shear Classic 200 at Madison International Speedway. The 12th season opening event for the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment.

Visit for a full schedule and be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@MidwestTour).

Past Winners of the Joe Shear Classic

2008 Dan Fredrickson
2009 Nathan Haseleu
2010 Steve Carlson
2011 Ross Kenseth
2012 Andrew Morrissey
2013 Travis Sauter
2014 Nathan Haseleu
2015 Johnny Sauter
2016 Ty Majeski
2017 Andrew Morrissey

Expected Entries
Joe Shear Classic 200 presented by SCAG Power Equipment
ARCA Midwest Tour
Sunday May 6, 2018
Madison International Speedway

32 as of 4/30/18



Casey Johnson Edgerton WI
Hougan Farms/UAW Region 4/Performance Parts Supply Chevrolet



Jeff Holmgren, Jr East Troy WI
Transport Services/Rhode’s Towing & Repair/Perez Plumbing Toyota



John Beale Verona WI
Evenson Farms/Pathfinder Chassis/Wegner Automotive Chevrolet



Johnny Sauter Necedah WI
Deppe Enterprises/Sal’s Towing/Pathfinder Chassis Chevrolet



Erik Darnell Park City IL
Darnell Motorsports Chevrolet



John DeAngelis, Jr Hubertus WI
DeAngelis Construction/D+H Demolition Ford



Paul Shafer, Jr Portage IN
Paul’s Auto Yards/ Chevrolet



Billy Mohn New Market MN
Airgas/Print Lab Wraps Chevrolet



Eddie Hoffman Wheaton IL
Feece Oil/Advanced Generator Chevrolet



Kyle Calmes Gillett WI
Brew Pub Pizza/Ken’s Sports/Calmes Verkuilen Builders Toyota



Andy Monday Appleton WI
Monday & Assoc/B&B Engines/Darboy Corner Store Toyota



Bobby Kendall Montello WI
Interstate Sealant & Concrete/American Family Insurance Chevrolet



Nick Murgic Rosemount MN
Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul/Murgic Racing Engines Toyota



Austin Nason Roscoe IL
Haase Builders/Erickson Auto Parts/Nason’s Landscaping Ford



Dean LaPointe Marshfield WI
Ken Edwards Construction/Chips Hamburgers/K&K Auto Ford



Gabe Sommers Plover WI
Tasteful Selections/Kwik Trip/Allied Co-op Ford



Michael Ostdiek Lakeville MN
Kulwicki Driver Dev/Mississippi Bluffs Park Chevrolet



Dave Tomczak Franklin WI
Firewise Barbecue Co/Water Cooled Spot Welders Chevrolet



Bubba Pollard Senoia GA
Racecar Engineering/Strange Oval Ford



Dan Fredrickson Lakeville MN
Herman’s Landscape Supply/Justman Freight Toyota



Andrew Morrissey DeForest WI
Club LaMark/B&B Racing Engines/Morrissey Trucking Ford



Justin Mondeik Gleason WI
Agra Industries/Barb & Dale/Kulwicki Driver Development Chevrolet



Jeff VanOudenhoven Appleton WI
VanDenHeuvel Electric/Appleton Sign/Badgerland Demo Ford



Rich Bickle, Jr Edgerton WI
No Money Special/Snap-On Tools Chevrolet



Steve Apel West Bend WI
Schroeder’s Lawn & Garden Equipment/acieta/Interstate Saw Toyota



Ricky Baker Plainfield IL
Rod Baker Ford/Illinois Truck and Equipment Ford



Johnny VanDoorn Coopersville MI
Lisa Thomas Salon/VanDoorn Racing Chevrolet



Chris Weinkauf Merrill WI
Breber Music/Walter & Sons Waste Hauling/Wehrs Machine Chevrolet



Jason Weinkauf Merrill WI
Professional Drywall/VanDerGeest Cattle/Tiry’s Chevrolet



Jonathan Eilen Hampton MN
Eilen & Sons Trucking & Landscape/Graber Auto Body Ford



Ryan Farrell Big Bend WI
Berge Plumbing Plus Chevrolet



Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach FL
E3 Spark Plugs/Eagle Jet Int’l/Coleman Racing Chevrolet