The last time we saw Ty Majeski behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, he was earning his 100th career feature win at New Smyrna Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt in February. Three months after his triumph in the Orange Blossom 100, Majeski returns to the Brad Mannstedt No. 91 in search of history this weekend.
The Wisconsin driver will appear at the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, days before the NASCAR Truck Series makes its return to the race track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 26. The Rattler will be Majeski’s third Super Late Model start of 2020 and his first race of any kind since the Truck Series event at Las Vegas back in February.
With no practice or qualifying scheduled for next week’s Truck Series race, the Rattler provides Majeski an opportunity to shake off the cobwebs before rushing into turn one at Charlotte next week.
“I’m really excited to get back to the racetrack this weekend. It’s a really good chance to get back behind the wheel before driving into turn one at Charlotte on Tuesday in the Truck Series, get to knock the rust off a little bit from this break,” Majeski told Speed51. “We’ve had success there before, last year we had a decent run. Looking forward to getting back there and going after another win.”
His record at the 4/10-mile Alabama oval has been nothing short of outstanding. In four Rattler 250 starts, Majeski has won twice and hasn’t finished worse than sixth. After missing the 2018 Rattler, he returned to the event and finished third one year ago, behind Giovanni Bromante and Harrison Burton.
He credits his success at South Alabama Speedway to its striking similarity to two tracks in his home state.
“The racetrack reminds me of a couple of the tracks back up in Wisconsin. It’s a combination of Dells and Kaukauna (Wisconsin International Raceway) with the bumps and the highs and lows the tracks have. It’s been a fun race to compete in with some quality competition.”
After winning race No. 99 at Dells Raceway Park in October, Majeski had come close to winning race No. 100 at the Snowball Derby before a late-race incident ended his run at the biggest trophy in all of Super Late Model racing. He also had fast cars at the National Short Track Championships and the All American 400, but would fall out early in both events.
After several near misses at the end of 2019, it took just three races to crack the century mark in career wins. In a strange twist-of-fate, the night before saw Majeski upside-down in the Truck Series race just up the road at Daytona.
Most of Majeski’s 100 wins to date have come with the same group in the Brad Mannstedt stable with crew chief Toby Nuttleman. He credits them for helping him get to 100 wins at just 25 years old.
“To get that 100th career win was big. Our race team has been together for a long time and we’ve become like family,” he stated. “It’s a volunteer crew and to have been able to accomplish what we’ve been able to at a pretty young age, it’s a testament to the hard work they’ve put in.
Win No. 101 would be a historic win for Majeski, who has had two previous dates with the famed rattlesnake. A third Rattler 250 win would put him in elite company, tying legend Ronnie Sanders for most Rattler wins all-time with three. As he gets set to return to racing, winning continues to be the goal.
“That would be huge, Ronnie Sanders is a legend down in the Southeast and he still fields cars for other drivers today. To get that third win and be up there with him would truly be an honor.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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