Ty Majeski has won more than 100 races in his career, establishing himself as one of the top short track racers in the country today. The Wisconsin native is taking on a new challenge this weekend, making his Late Model Stock Car debut in the South Carolina 400 at Florence Motor Speedway.
While Majeski is a household name in Super Late Model circles from coast-to-coast, Saturday’s race will be his first in the heavier Late Model Stock Cars. He’ll be making the appearance driving for Chad Bryant Racing as part of the team’s new Late Model Stock operation.
“Obviously, I’ve had a great relationship with Chad Bryant and everyone with Chad Bryant Racing, running some ARCA races with them last year and in 2017,” Majeski said. “We have a great relationship, Chad and I talk a lot. Paul Andrews was my crew chief last year; we went out and won three ARCA races.
“Chad has started a Late Model Stock program, that’s where his background is. He wants to get that program better and where it needs to be. He thought maybe I was a decent guy to get in there and see where it’s at, and hopefully contend for a win.”
The debut comes against what promises to be a stout field of Late Model Stock competitors in the spiritual successor to the famed Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, which closed in August. Majeski has tested his new ride, and is already aware of some changes he’ll have to make behind the wheel to compete for the win.
“We’re excited to go to Florence. Obviously, a Late Model Stock Car is something I’ve never driven before. We tested a few weeks ago. It’s certainly a lot different than the Super Lates. I’ve had to change my driving style a lot, and we’ll probably have to approach the race differently than we would a Super race.
“The Super carries so much more roll speed. You can get in the gas so early and make the car do what you want to do. You can’t do that in a Late Model Stock Car. They really don’t do anything as good as a Super Late does. You have to let the car do what it wants to do, and be smooth while doing it. When you try to push for a little bit more in the Late Model Stock Car, it doesn’t give it to you.”
With a 225-lap feature on the docket Saturday, Majeski also knows tire management will be crucial.
“You need to manage tire more as well. You’re talking 400 more pounds you’re carrying around the track, on the same [Hoosier] F-45 tire we just ran this week at the Governor’s Cup. Tire management is going to be a bigger deal in these cars.”
At this time, the South Carolina 400 is the only Late Model Stock event on Majeski’s calendar. However, he is open to competing more often in the machines in the future.
“Any time I get a chance to race in good equipment with good people, I want to do it. Right now, this is the only race on the schedule for the future. Obviously, it depends on my schedule moving forward, what my future holds. Definitely, I would take the opportunity if it’s there.”
Race fans unable to attend the South Carolina 400 will be able to watch live Saturday with a monthly or yearly subscription on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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