Sauter Continues Madison Mastery
OREGON, Wis. – Travis Sauter took home his tenth consecutive super late model victory at Madison Int’l Speedway in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented Scag Power Equipment and Lester Buildings Border Wars Part 2 150 lap event on Sunday evening.
Dennis Prunty and Ross Kenseth led the field to green and ran side-by-side on lap one. Kenseth got the edge coming out of turn two. The nine-time consecutive winner at Madison Int’l Speedway started in the fifth spot. Prunty looked to the outside of Kenseth on lap five and took the lead back. Sauter was being patient sitting in fifth.
Jeff Storm and Chris Wimmer got together a little bit on the back stretch but gathered it back up. Sauter moved up to fourth past Nathan Haseleu. Storm and Wimmer continued to battle for the sixth spot. Wimmer disposed of Storm and left it open for Andrew Morrissey as he slid under Storm as well. Storm was locked on the outside as Dan Fredrickson and Jonathan Eilen made their way past.
Meanwhile Travis Sauter got a run on Bobby Wilberg for third on lap 14 and set his sights on Kenseth. Fredrickson spun on his own coming out of turn two bringing out the first caution.
As the field lined up double-file with 136 to go, Prunty chose the outside with Kenseth going to the inside followed by Sauter. Wimmer also went to the outside. Prunty got the jump as Wimmer took second over Kenseth on the outside and settled into third. Sauter fell back from third to fifth, but was already setting up Morrissey to take back the fourth spot. The top five got some breathing room up front. Sauter got under Morrissey for fourth, but Storm spun in turn three causing the field to revert back to the previous lap.
Dan Fredrickson pulled into the pits under the caution but returned without going a lap down. He recovered to finish third in the end.
“I just have to make it so hard on myself,” said Fredrickson after racing his way all the way from the back after that early spin.
This time at the restart Prunty chose the inside. Wimmer went outside. Wimmer was able to get the jump over Prunty taking the lead away. Morrissey was able to grab the second spot.
Prunty cleared Kenseth and had to deal with Sauter. Sauter tucked it under Kenseth on the backstretch and got past for fourth on lap 25. Wimmer continued to show the way with about a four car length lead. Sauter quickly closed the gap on Prunty for third and took the position away on the next lap. Sauter started reeling in Morrissey for second.
Sauter looked to the outside of Morrissey. He continued to hold on and got by Morrissey on the backstretch but Morrissey was off the pace the next lap. Dennis Prunty and Rich Bickle got together on the front stretch causing Bickle to spin and he shared his displeasure under caution pinching Prunty towards the wall as he drove by. Bickle pulled into the pits but returned under caution and did not lose a lap.
With 84 to go Wimmer continued to lead followed by Sauter, Kenseth, Skylar Holzhausen and Haseleu. At the restart Wimmer went to the outside as Sauter chose the inside followed by Kenseth on the inside. Holzhausen went to the outside of Wimmer.
Wimmer was sideways on the restart but the ARCA Midwest Tour officials didn’t like the start so they tried it again. The second time was a charm. Wimmer made it stick as Sauter tucked into second. Holzhausen got by Kenseth for third. Fredrickson moved up to sixth.