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Haseleu wins Oktoberfest race after family drama

Published On: Oct 06 2013 09:25:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 07 2013 12:30:39 AM CDT
Oktoberfest 100 Racing

WKBT, News8000.com

WEST SALEM, WI -

The final leg of the ARCA Midwest Tour was dramatic, to say the least.

On a restart after the 50th lap of the Oktoberfest 100, Travis Sauter was neck-and-neck with his uncle, Johnny Sauter. The two chased each other down to lap 99, when Travis made contact with his uncle, bringing out a caution flag. Under the caution, Johnny sped up and hit his nephew's car. Both drivers were knocked out of the race.

With the top two drivers knocked out, Pardeeville, Wis. native Nathan Heseleu won under a green-yellow-checkered finish.

"I saw the white flag, I thought the race was over, [and I was] going to finish in the third spot," Heseleu said. "Then I saw Johnny was spun on the back, or Travis got into him, or whatever happened, and they said you're the leader. So there's some overjoy, some emotion. I got a chance to win the greatest race of the year, so just happy it worked out the way it did."

This is Heseleu's first Oktoberfest 100 win. Three-time Oktoberfest winner Dan Fredrickson finished second.

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