Majeski Muscles His Way to Slinger Nationals Redemption

To casual observers, Ty Majeski was cruising to his second Slinger Nationals victory at the Slinger Super Speedway (WI).  In reality, the Wisconsin driver considered the second half of the 200-lap event the toughest laps of his life.

 

After contact with Rich Loch on a restart following the halfway break of the race, Majeski suffered from poor handling and power steering loss on his Super Late Model around the tight, 33-degree corners on the famed quarter-mile.  Not to be denied, Majeski muscled his way around the bullring, holding off Casey Johnson to secure the victory and a sense of redemption after losing the win on the final lap one year ago.

 

“The 55 [of Loch] stopped in front of me there,” said Majeski in victory lane.  “I lost power steering about 20 laps into that run.  I don’t know if we lost some fluid, but it was okay turning to the left.  As soon as I got loose, it was hard for me to catch it.  I was real lazy on exit, because I just didn’t have the strength to correct.  I was trying to be as smooth as I could.  That was definitely the toughest 100-lap run of my career.”

 

“I knew we had a good car in the first half.  After that damage, I got tight in the center and lost a little bit of power steering.  I was having to muscle it when it got loose.  It got really loose a couple of times in one and two.  I just didn’t have enough strength to correct.”

 

2019 TUNDRA Super Late Models and ARCA Midwest Tour champion Casey Johnson finished second in the event, improving on his previous best of third place in 2014.  While Johnson came up one spot short, he felt he had speed to compete with Majeski for the win if not for engine issues on restarts.

 

“It was just a deal with the motor stumbling,” said Johnson.  “Our restarts were just awful.  We’d get about 10 laps under our belt and the thing would take off.  I knew it was all about track position.  The cars were about equal, and he’s one of the best in the country.  We were able to run with him today, so I’m pretty happy.”

 

16-year-old Luke Fenhaus completed an all-Wisconsin podium at the Slinger Nationals after setting fast time in qualifying.  The young driver admitted that 200 grueling laps on hot and humid Wednesday evening took its toll on him.

 

“That was exhausting.  We fought really tight at the end.  I was just trying to hang on and get the best roll speed I could.  I was just a little tight and couldn’t roll as much as I’d like.”

 

NASCAR Truck Series competitor Derek Kraus finished fourth, with John DeAngelis, Jr. rounding out the top five.

 

With the victory, Majeski becomes just the seventh driver to win the Slinger Nationals championship more than once.  Other greats on that list include Matt Kenseth, Lowell Bennett, Rich Bickle, Joe Shear, Dick Trickle and Butch Miller.  Majeski nearly scored that milestone victory one year ago, before a last-lap pass by none other than Kenseth led to a runner-up finish.

 

Race fans who missed Wednesday’s Slinger Nationals can watch an on-demand replay of Speed51’s broadcast of the event by clicking here.

 

-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 photo

 

Unofficial Results – 41st Annual Slinger Nationals

Slinger Super Speedway – Slinger, Wisconsin

  1. Ty Majeski
  2. Casey Johnson
  3. Luke Fenhaus
  4. Derek Kraus
  5. John DeAngelis
  6. Dennis Prunty
  7. Stephen Nasse
  8. Johnny Sauter
  9. Alex Prunty
  10. Brad Mueller
  11. Chris Blawat
  12. Michael Bilderback
  13. Corey Heim
  14. Rob Braun
  15. Ryan DeStefano
  16. RJ Braun
  17. Rich Loch
  18. Bubba Pollard
  19. Sammy Smith
  20. Austin Nason
  21. Conrad Morgan
  22. Carson Hocevar
  23. Steve Apel
  24. Rich Bickle
  25. Dale Nottestad
  26. Brad Keith
  27. Steve Dorer
  28. Ryan Farrell

 

Majeski Muscles His Way to Slinger Nationals Redemption