Ty Majeski unclipped his window net and pulled himself up into his signature iRacing stance Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).  The Seymour, WI driver had just won the 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup 200, but before celebrations could go any further, the 23-year-old had to take a phone call.


Majeski’s crew chief Toby Nuttleman interrupted post-race ceremonies to hand the winner a pre-dialed cellphone.  On the other end was car owner Brad Mannstedt, who Nuttleman said had never missed any of Majeski’s races, except this one.


“The deal was he had to call [Mannstedt] in victory lane if he won the race,” Nuttleman told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  Majeski smiled as he paced back and forth in the winner’s circle, revealing the good news.


300x250 Snowball Derby PPV“It’s pretty cool,” Majeski said.  “When we put this deal together four years ago with this team, we never though it would turn into this. To win three in a row is really special.  My car owners have done a lot for me and I know they’re watching from back home.”


Majeski held on to his indomitable run for the majority of the 200-lap feature.  Only one Southern Super Late Model star, Bubba Pollard, was able to challenge the Wisconsin native for his lead.


“We were playing cat and mouse there for a little bit,” Majeski said of his restart battles with Bubba Pollard.  “I was able to get by him on the restart and then he’d pushed me for a little bit. He eventually went into ride mode; he was banking on a late-race caution. I knew that, so I backed off so I’d have tires left in case of a late-race caution, but it never came.”


The trouble for Pollard came after a controlled caution where the entire field pitted.  Majeski was able to improve his machine, adjusting the freeness.  Pollard’s pit stop was less than satisfactory, ultimately landing him one position short of a victory.


“We just made some bad decisions on pit road,” Pollard said.  “We just didn’t adjust for the 75-lap run which was the part of the race he was better than us.  It’s just a part of racing; we’ll see what we can do at the Derby.”


Third-place finisher Harrison Burton watched Majeski and Pollard exchange the lead several times, but was never able to join in the action.


“I tried to mix it up a little bit but couldn’t quite get it there,” Burton said about his run.  “We really fought this car all weekend in the center of the corner.  We got it better and better, just never quite enough.  Congratulations to [Majeski] and [Pollard], the both raced really hard and really clean.  We come here to win, but I’m really thankful to be out here.  I’m excited to see what the future holds.”


Majeski leaves New Smyrna Speedway thinking about the future as well another big race in Florida, the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, just weeks away.


“I think we tried some stuff here this weekend that we liked in preparation for the Snowball,” Majeski said.  “Obviously it’s a tough race.  The best car doesn’t always win, but I think we have a better plan for this year.  I’m looking forward to our chances.”


Race fans can find on-demand Trackside Now coverage of Sunday’s Florida Governor’s Cup 200 by clicking here.


-By Melissa Strahley, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com


Florida Governor’s Cup 200 Unofficial Results:

Pos # Driver

1 91 Ty Majeski

2 26 Bubba Pollard

3 12 Harrison Burton

4 66 Steven Wallace

5 9C Jeff Choquette

6 51A Michael Atwell

7 51 Stephen Nasse

8 99 Raphael Lessard

9 30D Jesse Dutilly

10 20 Anthony Sergi

11 14C Connor Okrzesik

12 5M Mason Mingus

13 9M Brad May

14 03 George Gorham

15 12G Joe Graf Jr.

16 32 Harold Crooms

17 58 Tyler Ankrum

18 14 Austin Nason

19 27 Bobby Good

20 19F Korbin Forrister

21 112 Augie Grill

22 83 Scotty Ellis

23 8H DJ Hoelzle

24 5K Daniel Keene Jr.

25 30K Bobby Knox

26 28 Dylan Bigley

27 30C Noah Cornman

28 11 David Rogers

29 71 Harold Fair Jr.

30 54 Brandon Thomson

Majeski Wins Governor’s Cup, Makes the Call in Victory Lane