Ty Majeski and his crew chief Toby Nuttleman proved one thing on Saturday at the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series opener at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. They proved that you don’t need always need the newest equipment in order to make it to victory lane.
The Speed51.com Short Track Draft number-one pick collected his seventh checkered flag of the season and the third in the last 13 days in Wisconsin.
Majeski won Saturday’s race with a chassis that is 13 years old and a motor that is eight years old.
“We had to earn every spot today,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane. “We brought a car here that we didn’t know what we would have, this is an old Randercar chassis that Charlie Menard and Steve Carlson drove along with an old B&B motor that hasn’t been refreshed in five years. We came out and it was pretty good right out of the trailer.”
Majeski started 12th in the 50-lap main event on the “D-Shaped” half-mile oval. He kept moving his way to the front lap after lap making it up to the top five by lap 18. Five laps later he would move into a podium position by passing Bobby Kendall for the third spot.
He would move into second on lap 27 after passing Brent Strelka for the position, but would give up the spot after the caution flew for Wyatt Blashe’s spin off of turn two.
On the restart, Mike Lichtfeld spun on the frontstretch and collected Blashe, Corey Jankowski and Scott Hoffman.
Majeski would then take over the second spot from Strelka on the restart and set his sights on Steve Apel for the lead.
The fans were treated to a great battle as Apel was able to use the high side and hold off Majeski until seven laps to go when Majeski got a run on the inside and would take over the lead with five laps to go.
Dalton Zehr would bring out the caution with two laps to go after dropping fluid on the track. The single file restart wasn’t a challenge for Majeski as he cruised to another win.
Casey Johnson came to the front with Majeski and came home with a second-place finish.
“Every once in a while, you kind of get sick losing to that 91 car,” Johnson said smiling after the race. “Our car was good all day, and I think it was a hair better on long runs. He (Majeski) worked traffic a little better and had better track position.”
Apel would hold on to a podium finish.
“Majeski ran me pretty clean and he had to do what he had to do to win the race,” Apel said after the race. “Our car was starting to fall off and was getting real tight. All in all, we have a brand new race car and it is in one piece and we got a top three finish.”
Lowell Bennett was fourth with Travis Dassow rounding out the top five.
Majeski and Nuttleman took a lot of pride with today’s win at Wisconsin International Raceway. The chassis was built in the area and the engine was built by Bruce Mueller, who sadly passed away two years ago this weekend.
Round two for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series will take place on Saturday, June 4th at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
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TUNDRA Super Late Model Series
Round One – Wisconsin International Raceway
Story and photo: Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Correspondent (@KevinRamsell)