Ty Majeski has frequently been within reach of a win in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL), with three podium finishes in the last four seasons. The Seymour, Wisconsin driver is also on the doorstep of a milestone, sitting on 99 career wins.
At the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, Majeski hopes to check off both boxes and score a truly monumental win in the biggest race for Super Late Models.
Majeski has spent the 2019 season chasing the 100-win milestone. A blistering hot August which saw three ARCA Midwest Tour wins as well as victory in the “Red Race” at Wisconsin Int’l Raceway put the accomplishment within reach. Another pair of wins in October, coming at the Oktoberfest 200 at LaCrosse Speedway (WI) and the Falloween 150 at Dells Raceway Park (WI), leaves Majeski just one win shy of the century mark.
Now, Majeski sets his sights on collecting the milestone win at the most opportune time, against the best Super Late Model racers around in the Snowball Derby.
“That would be really neat,” Majeski told Speed51. “I was hoping to have my 100th by now, but that’s alright, that’s how it goes sometimes. We’ve had some really, really good race cars the last part of the year. For the 100th win to be at the Snowball Derby would be incredibly special, not only for myself but my whole team as well.”
Majeski firmly believes a win is on the table for this year’s Derby. With momentum from the strong season which has seen victories in three ARCA Menards Series events, the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway (CA) and more, he is riding higher into this year’s event than ever before.
“I feel as good as I’ve ever felt going into this year’s race. Our cars have been really good towards the end of the year. We ran really good at Nashville, a track we weren’t good at before. Our package has been really solid towards the end of the year. We hit on something in early August and we’ve been phenomenal everywhere we’ve gone. I’m excited to get down to Pensacola and get on track and see where we’re at.”
Another motivator entering this year’s Derby is the race’s move to controlled cautions as opposed to live pit stops. Majeski has frequently been fast in the Snowball Derby, with 190 laps led in the race over the past four years. However, his team has often been at a disadvantage on pit road.
In last year’s race, Ty Majeski led 50 laps and ran second with 21 laps to go when the caution flew for a spin on the backstretch. Everyone but leader Harrison Burton pitted for fresh tires, but Majeski fell to sixth during the late-race pit stop. He charged to second in the final running order, just shy of challenging Noah Gragson for the win.
Majeski is excited about being on a level playing field with the competition cautions, knowing that now the onus will be on fielding a fast race car.
“The biggest thing that’s going to help us is the new pit stop format,” he stated. “I know in 2015, we had a car capable of winning and lost the race on pit road. I think you could say the same for last year. I’m really excited for that change for us as a team. We’re going into the race without a disadvantage that historically we’ve had going into the race. That alone excites us and it’s up to us to put a car on the race track capable of winning.”
Now, Majeski hopes this is the year he joins the legends of short track lore by winning the Snowball Derby.
“It would be an honor. I’ve had the privilege of running and winning some premiere Late Model races throughout my career. Obviously, winning the Tom Dawson Trophy would top them all for sure.”
Race fans looking to make the pilgrimage to Pensacola for the Snowball Derby can order tickets for the event now at 5flagsspeedway.com.
For fans unable to make the trip, they can tune in to Speed51’s pay-per-view broadcast of the event. Now is the perfect time to order your video ticket and take advantage of early-bird savings.
To order your early bird Snowball Derby four-day video package today, click here and use discount code “snowbird.” Individual video tickets are available for each day of racing; however, a four-day early bird video ticket offers a total savings of $38.
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For more information on the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, visit Speed51’s Snowball Central.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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