Ty Majeski’s plans for Florida Speedweeks primarily revolve around Daytona International Speedway as he gets set to kick off his rookie NASCAR Truck Series campaign. But that won’t be the only racing the Wisconsin driver takes part in during the week. Majeski will be returning to New Smyrna Speedway for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing after a one-year hiatus.
After competing for the full nine nights for four years prior to skipping last year’s World Series, he will return to the Florida track for the two extended-distance Super Late Model events on Tuesday and Saturday nights. With a scaled-down Late Model schedule planned due to his Truck Series commitments, the World Series gives him an opportunity to test in race conditions while getting back behind the wheel at what he considers one of his favorite tracks.
“We have a good opportunity to go down there. We’ll be down there for the Truck race and go down a little bit early and run the 50 and 100-lapper on Tuesday and Saturday night. We have a new package we want to try,” Majeski told Speed51.com. “We don’t want to do it at a big race and with my limited Super Late Model schedule, there weren’t any races where we just wanted to throw away trying stuff. We’re more using this as a test session, we’ll run Tuesday night and be able to think about it, readjust if we need to for Saturday night. Using it as a little test session but also it’s really cool to get back there. I’ve had a lot of success at that race track and we’ve run really well there in the past, and it’s one of my favorites, so it’ll be fun to get back there.”
The World Series will see change for Majeski as long-time crew chief Toby Nuttleman will be working with fellow Wisconsin driver Justin Mondeik throughout the week. While Nuttleman will prepare and set up Majeski’s Brad Mannstedt-owned No. 91 for race day, the calls made during the event will be left to the driver.
While only running two nights will be new for Majeski, he feels the Nuttleman/Mondeik pairing, coupled with his past experience at New Smyrna will help make up for lost track time during the week.
“Those guys will have been running there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night so they’ll have three nights on us. Anytime you can get track time, it’s a positive thing,” he said. “We’ve been there so much and we’ve had success there and I’ve had so much seat time there, hopefully we can overcome that. Toby will be there with Justin Mondeik so they’ll have a direction on where to be as far as setup goes package-wise. We’ll have a little insight and that’ll shorten our learning curve a little bit.”
Majeski thrusted himself into the national spotlight at New Smyrna, winning the 2015 Florida Governor’s Cup and following it up with the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model championship. He sees the event as one-of-a-kind with the entire racing world having their eyes on the Sunshine State. With seven races in nine nights, it allows drivers to get in a rhythm normally hard to match throughout the rest of the season.
“It’s during the time where everyone’s down there, there’s a lot of eyes on you. It gets a lot of attention, there’s a lot of prestige in running the entire week. Also with seat time, you can get two months’ worth of races in a nine-day span. That’s so unique, there’s nothing else like that in the country.”
“When I was in my developmental stage and up-and-coming in the Late Model ranks, it was huge for me to get in a rhythm,” he added. “Working with Toby night in and night out continuing to make the car better and continue to make myself better and learn each and every night and keep building on that. Instead of taking a week between each race, you’re only taking a night and I can keep building and keep getting better. For a young up-and-coming driver there’s nothing better.”
Speed51 will be on-location at New Smyrna Speedway throughout the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Unique behind-the-scenes video content will be available on the Speed51 Network, and updates will be available via our Trackside Now coverage each day.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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