OREGON, Wis. – Nathan Haseleu bested a 31-car field to capture Sunday’s ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic at Madison Int’l Speedway, becoming the first driver to win the event twice.
“It wasn’t easy. I’m really happy to win this race, it’s the coolest trophy (guitar) I’ve ever won. It means a lot with Joe Shear’s name on it and being in my backyard,” said Haseleu from victory lane.
Ross Kenseth and Casey Johnson led a 31 car field to the green flag. Johnson got the early lead, but Kenseth took a look to the inside of Johnson on lap 11, securing the top spot as they came to line. Haseleu was hot on Johnson’s tail and eventually secured the second spot followed by Jeremy Miller. Haseleu was able to get under Kenseth and take over the top spot moments later.
Kyle Shear, making his ARCA Midwest Tour debut, moved up into the fourth spot as last year’s winner Travis Sauter was methodically making his way to the front, moving into sixth by lap 15. His uncle Johnny Sauter followed him right through the pack.
Shear was on a mission and made the move inside of Miller for the third spot, causing Miller to get stuck on the outside and shuffled back into seventh. Chris Weinkauf sat patiently in the fourth spot as Shear made the move under Kenseth for second. Kenseth closed the door on Weinkauf and Travis Sauter snuck under Weinkauf for the fourth spot.
Travis and Johnny Sauter were on the move, passing Kenseth on the outside and taking over third and fourth. Haseleu and Shear were pulling away from the field with Shear slowly closing in on Haseleu. Haseleu started to get a little bit of a comfortable lead over Shear as the Sauters continued to slowly reel them in.
The first caution of the day came out when Donny Reuvers spun in turn four with 31 laps in.
At the restart, Haseleu chose the inside line with Shear on the outside. Travis Sauter and Johnny Sauter made up the second row. Kyle Shear got the jump on the outside of the restart, snagging the lead from Haseleu.
Joel Theisen spun in turn one, bringing out the caution and allowing Shear to choose the lane once again. Shear chose the inside line for the restart with Haseleu on the outside and once again a row of Sauters in their mirrors. The start was waved off and they set up to do it again.
This time it was Haseleu taking the lead as Shear got a little sideways. This allowed Travis Sauter to sneak up on the outside. He couldn’t get the job done as Johnny Sauter snuck to the inside of Travis snagging the third spot away. Shear again tried to close the gap on Haseleu as Nathan set the pace.
Michael Bilderback was all over the back of Kenseth for the sixth spot, but Kenseth shut the door. The rest of the field remained single file. Jason Weinkauf and Austin Nason got together in turn one bringing out the third caution of the day and ending the day for both of them.
With 15 laps until the break, Haseleu continued to lead the field followed by Shear, Johnny Sauter, Travis Sauter and Jeremy Miller.
At the restart Haseleu once again chose the outside, taking the lead over Shear. The Sauters were side by side for third as Bilderback tried to sneak into the mix. Johnny was able to close the gap on Shear giving Haseleu a little room to breathe.