There aren’t a lot of marquee Super Late Model races that Ty Majeski has not won. On Tuesday night, he checked off one that has evaded him the last few years, the Slinger Nationals. The Seymour, WI driver had come close to winning the prestigious race before, but now adds his name to the Larry Detjens trophy.
“It feels good. We’ve had cars capable of winning here the last three years, but things just haven’t gone our way,” Majeski told Speed51.com in Victory Lane. “It really feels good to finally put the whole race together and bring one home.”
Majeski set fast time earlier in the day and with the invert he started the race from the 12thposition. While Brad Mueller jumped out to the early lead, it took just 70 laps for the driver of the No. 91 machine to navigate his way to the front.
Mueller held steady towards the front of the field to bring home a third-place finish, while Slinger veteran Dennis Prunty seemed to be the only car who could possibly challenge Majeski. After the 10-minute break at lap 99, Prunty was able to hang with Majeski for a few laps, but then Majeski was able to easily pull away again, seemingly coasting to victory.
“I thought we were good to go, but I thought we were good to go last year and Bubba beat us, so you really need to be careful with that,” said Majeski. “I think we made just one small change, the car was just really good all night.”
“I knew I had something right after the break because I had more air pressure, but I knew it was only going to be for 25 laps,” said Prunty. “He’s definitely the guy to beat anywhere we go right now.”
“No matter what race you’re in you’re going to know the 91 is coming, it was just a matter of time,” said Mueller. “When my spotter told me that he broke into second, we had a sizable lead and once we had that restart, I knew he was going to get me on the restart. I would have liked to finish second to him, but Dennis is a great racer too and I’m just fortunate to be in the top three.”
After the break it looked like 2017 Slinger Nationals winner Bubba Pollard might have something to say before the checkered flag flew. The Senoia, GA driver was charging towards the front and worked his way into third position with just over 25 laps to go. He and Prunty raced hard for the second spot and on a restart with 14 to go, the No. 26 machine went around, relegating him to a ninth-place finish.
“Just was behind and didn’t get enough track position early in the race. We had to run so hard there. I don’t know, I feel like I was raced a little tough and rough and the 42, I don’t mind racing hard, but there’s no reason for driving us all over the racetrack when I’d run him down from half a straightaway back before the caution came out. I didn’t appreciate how he raced me, but that’s part of racing and we’ll come back and try it again. I think we had a good car. I think we could have at least put on a good show for the fans and made it rough on the 91.”
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
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39thAnnual Slinger Nationals
Slinger Speedway, Slinger, Wisconsin