After a couple of weeks of bad luck, Ty Majeski made a statement on Friday night as he dominated to win the first round of the Triple Crown Series at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.
The Speed51.com Short Track Draft top pick drove away from Casey Johnson and Austin Nason for another victory in his fast start in 2016.
“We had some bad luck in the last two races, we just missed the setup at Kaukauna and at Rockford we felt we had a car capable of winning and got tangled up with a lapped car,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It feels really good to come back here and get some momentum going into my ARCA debut this weekend.”
Majeski will make his first ARCA Racing Series start this Sunday at Madison driving the No. 17 Ford Fusion for Ruolo Brothers Racing.
The Seymour, Wisconsin driver started fifth and was quickly working his way to the front until the caution flew on lap two as Dennis Prunty and Bobby Wilberg made contact going into turn three causing Prunty to make hard contact with the outside wall.
Prunty did exit the car on his own and walked to the ambulance, but was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
After a long red flag, the green flag came out on lap three with Majeski running fourth. He quickly jumped to the inside line before he was allowed to and was penalized two spots on the next caution when Ryan Farrell and Joel Theisen got together in turn two.
The penalty didn’t affect Majeski’s way towards the front as he jumped to second on the restart and was challenging Nason for the lead. Majeski would get on the inside of Nason on lap nine and the two would battle until Majeski got in front of Nason on lap 13 for the winning move.
Majeski would jump out to a two-second lead over Casey Johnson until the caution flew with two laps to go as Rick Corso spun in turn four.
Johnson hoped the caution allowed him to get an opportunity to battle Majeski for the win, but Majeski was just too strong and sailed off to his tenth Super Late Model win of 2016.
“I just had to make sure I got a good clean start on Nason,” Johnson said after the race regarding the final restart. “I was hoping I could get to Majeski’s tail piece but it wasn’t going to happen today.”
Nason, who also had a rough outing recently, was satisfied with his third place finish.
“We haven’t had a good couple of weeks. We spent a lot of time working on the car, especially after Rockford,” Nason said. “We came here and made six laps in the first session and the rear end breaks. We didn’t get any more practice. But we went out and set fast time, so that was pretty cool.”
Jeff Storm got by Jeremy Miller in the last laps to finish fourth while Miller rounded out the top five.
Round two is scheduled for Friday, July 22nd with the running of the Howie Lettow Memorial 50.
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-By Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Correspondent
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo
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