Haseleu continues Norway dominance
NORWAY – Nathan Haseleu completed the Norway Speedway hat trick Friday night.
He picked up his third straight win in the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Norway 100. The win also allowed Haseleu to regain the series point lead.
“We just found something with the car that works really good here,” said Nathan Haseleu. “We’d been here quite a few times and we struggled and then we found something that works good. I really wish I could apply it at some other tracks and run this good.”
Norway’s Kris Kelly grabbed the early lead in the 100-lap feature, but Haseleu wasted no time getting to the front from his fourth starting spot. On lap two he was up to second and on lap four he took the lead from Kelly.
As Haseleu paced the field up front, other Touring Stars were working their way to the front. Ty Majeski and Chris Weinkauf moved into third and fourth respectively.
On lap 50, Majeski caught Kelly for the second spot. The two raced side by side for one lap, before Majeski cleared for the position.
Weinkauf was right there in fourth and went to work on Kelly for the third spot. The two made contact, sending Kelly around, bringing out the caution and sending both cars to the rear of the field.
The restart wiped out Haseleu’s 10-car length lead. He chose the outside on the restart, putting Majeski on the inside. Both drivers got a good start and they raced side by side for the lead.
Haseleu had a nose over Majeski, but Majeski fought back on the inside. Haseleu and Majeski battled for seven laps,
Majeski got to the inside of Haseleu on that restart.
“He was racing me really hard and I figured I would just let him go,” Majeski said. “I thought maybe he would wear his stuff out and I was trying to save, but I didn’t have enough left at the end.”
Haseleu began to check out on the field, lengthening his lead to over 15 car lengths.
Local Norway driver Dan Lindsley made a charge to the front in the final 50 laps as did Touring Star Jonathan EIlen. Eilen was up to third, but Lindsley was able to pass Eilen with just a few laps remaining. Lindsley finished third, Eilen fourth and Cardell Potter fifth.
The Midwest Tour takes almost a month break before heading to Elko (Minn.) Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 20.
(Jana Wimmer is with ARCA Midwest Tour)