If the Midwest racing circuit were ruled by royalty, Ty Majeski would be its king. Throughout the 2015 season, Majeski picked up 17 wins at 12 different tracks, cementing himself as the driver to beat wherever he goes.
“I could not be more proud of my team and all that we have accomplished,” Ty Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It has been great to have the opportunity to race at so many tracks this season.”
Majeski attributes much of his success this season to the team he had around him, including crew chief Toby Nuttleman and car owners Nancy and Brad Mannstedt, who make sure the best equipment hits the track each week.
Said Majeski, “It’s hard to describe the camaraderie that we have, but it’s second to none.”
While Majeski continued to tally wins, the stakes seemed to get higher each week he hit the track. Mechanical failures in some big races, including the Dixieland 250 and Madison Triple Crown, are a few that “got away” and when everyone is gunning for you, it can be tough to stay on top.
“It felt great to have the confidence that we would have a shot at the win each and every week,” said Majeski, “But it also became a bit stressful. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be outstanding each and every race. Toby would want to take the blame for a rough wee, but it’s just racing. It’s a team sport and we win and lose as a team.”
Majeski tallied more Super Late Model wins than anyone in the Midwest this season, but it can be argued he ran more races than anyone else in the area as well. Many weekends he jumped between cars and tracks and still managed to find success.
“There is nothing I love more than racing,” said Majeski. “I eat, sleep and breathe it. I feel the more seat time you get the better you are. My team and family sacrificed a lot of weekends for this sport and I don’t want to let them down.”
To top it off, a highlight of Majeski’s successful season was claiming his second straight ARCA Midwest Tour title. Throughout the series’ 10 race campaign, Majeski found victory lane in half of them, including three wins in a row from August to September. The dominance of the No. 91 machine locked up the championship before the final race at Oktoberfest, and when the final checkered flag waved he held a 139 point advantage over second place Skylar Holzhausen.
“We knew at the beginning of this season that our goal was to get a back to back championship,” said Majeski. “We also know that’s easier said than done. The season started out stronger than last season so we thought we had a shot. You just never know how each race will go. We took it one race at a time. We ended up the overall point champion and it feels surreal. It took a couple of days for it to sink in, but not that it’s a reality the whole team is fired up and making plans for what’s next.”
What is next for Majeski you might ask? He plans to make his second straight trip to the prestigious Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in December.
-Jana Wimmer, Midwest Editor, Twitter: @JWimm22
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