By: Brandon Aschenbrenner

A cool Sunday afternoon brought the 2017 racing action to the green flag after a day delay from Mother Nature. The full ARCA Midwest Tour recap and results will be available on their series’ website. In addition to the ARCA Midwest Tour, all the local divisions opened their race season with qualifying and feature races.

The Budweiser/Fabiano Brothers Limited Late Models fast timer would be Rookie Brock Heinrich. In the feature, Todd Handrick started on the pole and was able to hang onto the lead for a good portion of the race. Phil Malouf made the first attempt to take away the lead and then Lyle Nowak worked his way to the bumper of Handrick. Nowak worked his way past Handrick with eight laps remaining. Heinrich was up to third when Adam Peschek and he made contact sending Heinrich up the track, but not spinning. Racing continued and Nowak was able fend off a late charge by Handrick to pick up the feature victory. Handrick took second, Peschek third, Heinrich fourth and Malouf fifth.

The Ropa’s Pizza Pure Stocks would produce great racing action, as we have become accustomed to. Karl Genett took fast time honors. The feature event started with Jim Annala and Kurtis Wosick on the front row. They would race side by side for the first five laps with Annala leading on the low side. Brandon Knoblock then made a daring three wide move on the high side to pass Wosick and would take the lead. Ten laps into the event found Jeff Spatz and Mitch Stankowski made contact in turn four that sent Stankowski into the wall exiting the turn. On the lane choice restart, Knoblock and Annala went to the low side while Kyle Genett took the top side and turned it into a first place ride capturing the victory. Travis Volm and Karl Genett raced hard for second place with Volm taking the spot. Brian Schramm and Dillon Mackesy rounded out the top five.

In the Snap-On Mini-Mods, Jimmer Lietz picked up fast time. In their feature race, three cars took the green as John Lietz had engine problems after practice. George Seliger and Dale Louze spent a few laps racing side by side for the lead and it would be Seliger reigning supreme with Louze taking second. Jimmer Lietz would end third, but would also end up issues and was forced to resign with six laps left.

The Motors Service and Supply Mini-Stocks saw Kevin Tessmer trip the clock the fastest in qualifying. The feature would have Mark Schooney lead the first laps. Caution flew when Larry Draeger spun in turn one and collected Jason Hopinka. After the restart, Garett Strachota was able to snatch the lead away. Tessmer and Brett Breitenfeldt to second and third. Shooney and Hopinka took top five finishes.

In the D&D Automotive Bandolero division it would be Hannah Wolf with quick time. Hannah Wolfe was able to take care of business and pick up the win. The fight was between brothers for second, Kolton Guralski and Jevin Guralski. Older brother Kolton would take home the runner-up spot with Jevin taking third. Anna Malouf took fourth and rookie Alex Hartwig, who recovered from an early race spin, took 5th.