Ty Majeski thought he may have blown his opportunity to capture the checkered flag at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Saturday night. The Seymour, Wisconsin driver spun his tires on a restart with three laps to go before battling back and passing Steve Wallace to win the 35-lap Super Late Model feature on night two of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
“The tires got hot after the long green flag run and I spun ‘em,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “(Derek) Thorn was on the outside of me and Wallace was clear; I thought my race was over at that point. He might have not got his tires cleaned off as good as he should have. He was really tight in the center so I was able to get underneath him off of four and complete the pass out of turn two.”
“I feel like if he was in my position he would have done the same thing,” Majeski said. “I knew I had a little bit better car than he did and I’m sure if the roles were reversed that I would have got it too. It’s racing.”
Wallace, who opened the World Series with a win on Friday night, chalked the incident up to good, hard short track racing.
“I ain’t mad about it. Hell it’s a donut mark. First and second for us ain’t bad. It’s going to be a good week, we’ve just got to keep our head down and keep digging.
“Our JET Tools car was really fast tonight and I’m really proud of my guys. We worked all winter to get down there. First and second is not too bad. Ty is a really good race car driver, he just kind of snookered me there a little bit on the restart.”
Wallace originally took over the lead on lap 16 after contact was made between him and polesitter Tyler Ankrum, who led the first 15 laps of the race. After the race, he said that there was nothing he could do to avoid the incident.
“As far as all this rough driving bull—-, I don’t know where all this is coming from,” Wallace said. “Everybody is just driving crazy. I clearly got underneath the leader and everybody goes up in there, washes up and usually smashes the damn leader. I went in there and I didn’t touch the kid. He goes out here and spins all by himself. Then last night the kid spun off of two; it’s kind of funny in a way because none of those guys can really drive.”
When interviewed by FansChoice.TV, Ankrum didn’t directly point fingers but felt as though Wallace was responsible based on what he saw and felt.
“I was having a fun time up until that wreck, he said. “We had a very fast race car and I was happy with what the guys put together. We had that restart and I don’t really know what happened. I just saw a whole lot of red on my left side and felt my car get shot up to the left, I’m assuming by Wallace.”
For Majeski, the win comes a year after having some bad luck at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. With a second-place finish on Friday night and win on Saturday, he will have momentum on his side when racing resumes on Monday.
“I feel pretty good. I think I learned a lot last year. You really have to keep the car in one piece. We had some unfortunate luck last year that ended our week. We have the parts on the car where they need to be so they won’t break this year, so hopefully we can bring it home.”
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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Super Late Model Night #2 Results – World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
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