Ty Majeski won the Slinger Nationals in 2018 and was within one lap of backing that victory up in 2019. With several strong runs since last year’s event at Slinger Speedway, the Wisconsin driver is confident returning to the marquee event in his home state.
After winning the race in 2018, Majeski finished second in the 2019 Slinger Nationals following a last-lap pass by Matt Kenseth, who was making his return to Super Late Model racing. That disappointment hasn’t slowed Majeski, who has won several big Super Late Model races since.
In the second half of 2019, Majeski continued his winning ways with several victories, including wins in the Howie Lettow Memorial at Madison International Speedway and the Oktoberfest 200 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
That momentum carried over into the 2020 season. Majeski started the year with his milestone 100th career win, coming at the Orange Blossom 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). After the shutdown of racing nationwide due to COVID-19, Majeski returned to victory lane in May at the Rattler 250.
“We’ve had really strong Super Late Models here for the last several years,” Majeski told Speed51. “I think we’ve really hit on something in the last six months or so. Our cars have been really good. We had a really strong car at the Derby, and again at the Rattler this spring.
“I’m excited to get back to Wisconsin, in my home state. Hopefully the car will be pretty decent and we’ll go from there.”
Majeski’s success has opened doors in the higher levels of the sport, as he now competes in the NASCAR Truck Series with Niece Motorsports. With an off weekend for the Trucks, Majeski has been able to turn his focus on racing back home.
“Any time you can stay in the seat, obviously, is beneficial to you. Nowadays, with no practice in the Truck Series, it’s important to be behind the wheel of something, whether it’s a Super Late Model or whatever, just to stay sharp. There are some holes in the Truck schedule, and we’re going to have some weekends off.
“It’s cool to opportunity to run some really good Late Models with my hometown team. We have a ton of fun. We’re not a race team, we’re family and we love to do this. It’s fun going to the race track knowing you have a chance to win every time you show up.”
Majeski now hopes to join the list of multi-time champions of the Slinger Nationals, joining the likes of Kenseth, Rich Bickle, Lowell Bennett, Joe Shear, Dick Trickle and Butch Miller. To do so, he’ll have to beat a star-studded field of Super Late Model top guns.
“Obviously, it’s one of the biggest races in Wisconsin. Any time you can beat this field of driers is special. It brings a lot of guys from the south, like Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse, Corey Heim, Sammy Smith with KBM. This brings out the best in the best in Super Late Model racing. Any time you can come out on top and notch your name in the history books, it’s really neat.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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