Ty Majeski had a point to prove on Thursday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Two nights after losing a win in post-race technical inspection for a safety infraction, the Seymour, Wisconsin driver dominated the night’s 35-lap Super Late Model race.
Majeski took over the lead from polesitter Brad May on lap 3 and never relinquished the lead en route to his first victory of the 51st annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
“It feels good. Obviously that issue wasn’t performance enhancing and we proved that tonight,” said Majeski, who was disqualified for a fuel safety valve infraction Tuesday night. “Even though we got DQ’d, we had the same result tonight which is pretty special.
“I just can’t thank my crew enough; they’ve been busting their tails all weekend. I know it hasn’t been easy for them and this hasn’t been the best stretch of races for us, and we finally got our race car where it needs to be.”
Majeski’s only challenge came on a lap 27 restart when Harrison Burton, a two-time SLM World Series winner in 2017, lined up to his inside. Unlike in previous races between the two, Majeski pulled away relatively unchallenged as the laps winded down.
“It was pretty solid; we can definitely make some gains on it,” Majeski said of his race car. “The track was real slick with all of the humidity in the air; it definitely made for slick conditions, but apparently we adapted the best to it.”
Burton followed Majeski under the checkered flag to record his fourth podium finish in four races. While the finish helped his chances of winning the overall title, that was not his concern after the race.
“That’s not our concern; our concern is to come out and beat the 91 (Majeski) and all the other competitors,” the second-generation driver said. “We weren’t able to do that tonight and unfortunately we couldn’t make it three in a row, but we’ll be back for more.”
After the race, Burton explained that he and his No. 12 Fury Race Cars team battled a brake issue throughout the night.
“We have a little bit of a brake issue that we’re going to pretty much just scrap everything as far as this brake package goes and pull it off the backup car and put it on this car,” he explained. “It will take a lot of work, but it will be worth it once we’re back in victory lane. I’m not afraid to predict that we’re going to have a good shot at it on Saturday.”
Friday’s winner Spencer Davis, early leader Brad May and home state driver Stephen Nasse rounded out the top five.
Despite recording the victory Thursday night, Majeski’s chances of winning a second straight SLM championship is slim as a result of Tuesday’s disqualification. With just one race left, the 100-lapper on Saturday, his goal is to prove that his team is the best in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
“We’re just here to prove we’re the best car here,” Majeski stated. “We had some things that were a little messed up the first couple races. We’re just here to prove that we still have the best car here.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman
Super Late Model Unofficial Results (35 laps)