Majeski Outduels the National Champion in Late Model Stock Debut

Saturday night’s South Carolina 400 Charlie Powell Memorial at Florence Motor Speedway might have been Ty Majeski’s first career start in a Late Model Stock Car.  However, that did not stop the Wisconsin native from making a quick trip to victory lane.


After an extended battle with 2020 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Champion Josh Berry, Majeski took the lead on lap 200 of the 225-lap event and cruised to victory in his first appearance in the perimeter-chassis cars synonymous with the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee.


Majeski may have made it look easy, passing a former Martinsville 300 winner to take the checkered flag ahead of the likes of Berry, Lee Pulliam and more.  Still, the weekend in Florence had been anything but a cakewalk.


With two engine changes and constant adjustments as the Super Late Model standout acclimated to the heavier Late Model Stock Car, it was a long weekend for Majeski and his Chad Bryant Racing team.


“Man, this is unbelievable,” said Majeski in victory lane.  “I worked these guys so hard this weekend.  I’m used to a Super Late Model, and they naturally drive better. We had two engine changes.  We tested a couple of weeks ago, and we were never happy with it at any point.


“It’s awesome.  I’m just really thankful Chad gave me this opportunity to run with his guys, Paul Andrews and everybody.  It’s a great group.  He gave me a shot last year when my career appeared to be over, and we won three ARCA races together.  He put me in this thing not knowing what would happen, and, man, unbelievable.”


Berry has been nearly unstoppable in the Late Model Stock Cars in 2020, collecting dozens of wins to score the NASCAR National Championship as well as $30,000 at the CARS Tour Old North State Nationals.  While he was still disappointed with the runner-up finish to close out the season, Berry was pleased with what his JR Motorsports team accomplished on the year.


“I’m a little disappointed.  We weren’t quite as good that second half, we got super tight in three and four and Ty was just better.


“Hats off to Ty, he’s a damn good race car driver.  Going toe-to-toe with him was a lot of fun.  I’m a little disappointed we didn’t win, but we’ve had a hell of a year.”


As fate would have it, Berry and his team offered a helping hand to Chad Bryant Racing during their weekend engine swaps.  There were no regrets for Berry, knowing the favor would have been extended his way if roles were reversed.


“Helping them, that’s what racers do. They’re good people.  Chad would do anything for us.  This particular weekend, we were able to help them.”


Sam Yarbrough, winner of the first Late Model Stock race at Florence when the track reopened earlier in 2020, completed the podium.  Pulliam and Nolan Pope rounded out the top five.


Race fans who missed Saturday’s race can watch an on-demand replay of Speed51’s broadcast of the South Carolina 400 soon.


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

-Photo credit: Brandon Zumbach


South Carolina 400 Charlie Powell Memorial

Unofficial Results


  1. Ty Majeski
  2. Josh Berry
  3. Sam Yarbrough
  4. Lee Pulliam
  5. Nolan Pope
  6. Connor Jones
  7. Justin Johnson
  8. Averitt Lucas
  9. Matt Cox
  10. Mark Wertz
  11. Timothy Peters
  12. Austin Somero
  13. Jacob Heafner
  14. Braden Rogers
  15. Sammy Smith
  16. Heath Causey
  17. RA Brown
  18. Brenden Queen
  19. Wes Burton
  20. Austin McDaniel
  21. Casey Kelley
  22. Matt Craig
  23. Doug Barnes, Jr.
  24. Dylan Ward
  25. Josh Yeoman
  26. Jamie Weatherford
  27. Riley Gentry
  28. Bobby June
  29. Robert Powell
  30. Charlie Powell III
  31. Kevin Parsons
  32. Mitch Walker
  33. Blaise Brinkley
  34. Anthony Adams
  35. David Roberts


Majeski Outduels the National Champion in Late Model Stock Debut