Ty Majeski’s record at the Rattler 250 rivals any driver’s success at any short track race in America. He is tied with Ronnie Sanders for most wins all-time in the event with three, while not finishing worse than sixth in any of his five starts in the race.
The Wisconsin driver enters this weekend’s event chasing history, all while on a hot streak in Late Model competition dating back to last year’s Rattler. In that time, he slayed the dragon that is the Snowball Derby and also added wins at the Slinger Nationals, Dixieland 250 and Oktoberfest, plus a victory in his Late Model Stock debut at Florence Motor Speedway in the South Carolina 400.
This Sunday’s Rattler 250 will be Majeski’s first race as a Snowball Derby champion.
“I was actually just talking about it, this is probably the longest I’ve been out of a race car maybe since I really started seriously racing Super Late Models,” Majeski told Speed51. “My last race was the Derby so it’s good to get strapped back in and get the rust knocked off. We’re going to shake down the car a little bit and do a little testing, hopefully we can put a good package together for Sunday.”
Majeski had dominated in the late stages of Snowball Derbies in the past, but couldn’t seal the deal at the end. That all changed last December, making his move in the final laps and prevailing in a five-lap shootout with Derek Thorn to shake the monkey off his back and claim his first Tom Dawson Trophy.
For Majeski, the win came with a sense of relief after having been close multiple years.
“It’s such a prestigious race and that’s the race that every Super Late Model racer wants to win. It’s the short track races of all the short track races. We were so close and there was a sense of relief as well as excitement. We were so close to winning that race and I had found every different way to lose it, it was cool to finally see the day and have everything come together.”
While it took Majeski seven years to find victory lane in the Snowball Derby, his path to victory lane at the Rattler has been much simpler. He has three wins in just five starts in the race, winning the race at a 60% clip. He has grown well-accustomed to the rattlesnake that meets the winner in victory lane every year.
He credits his success in the event to the familiarity he has gained from racing at tracks back home in Wisconsin
“I think honestly the racetrack has a lot of the same characteristics as you see at some of the Midwest racetracks. A lot of the Southern racetracks are really low grip, South Alabama actually has quite a bit a grip for an older, Southern racetrack. It’s more similar to the style surface that we see up in the Midwest.
“I think it fits our package really well from primarily racing in the Midwest. I think we’ve been able to take what we’ve learned from the Midwest and take it down to South Alabama and be really close. It’s been easier from that standpoint for us to find speed at that racetrack.”
The event has become one of his personal favorites due to the timing of the event and the success he’s had over the years. It serves as a way to see where he and his team stands going into the bulk of Super Late Model racing season.
“The Rattler is a really big race, it may not get the number of cars the Derby does but it certainly gets the caliber of the cars. That’s why we go to it. It pays pretty well, it’s kind of in the beginning of the year to get a good idea of where your race program is at, and it typically works pretty well with my schedule.
A win on Sunday would put him in a class of his own at the Rattler 250.
To go down there and have the amount of success in the short amount of trips is really cool. I hope we can make it four for six this weekend, that would make it really special for us and our entire team.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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