Ty Majeski has been making waves in the Midwest all year long with a historic season in the ARCA Midwest Tour and collecting several Super Late Model victories. Not only did the 20-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin win the ARCAMT Rookie of the Year title, he held off two former champions to become the youngest series champion.
Now, he hopes to cap off his dream season with a strong showing at the 47th Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 7th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
“This is something I have wanted to do since I went down there last year and helped out Mark Kraus,” Majeski said. “It’s a unique racetrack and this is a big event. I have been wanting to go down there and see how I stack up against the big boys.”
What he saw firsthand at last year’s event easily motivated him to come down this year as a competitor.
“It’s a whole different atmosphere down at the Snowball Derby – even more different than what we have at Oktoberfest up here in Wisconsin,” Majeski explained. “Up here, we would look at double stacker haulers in a funny way and down there you look goofy if you don’t have one.
“The racing itself is different as it is more cut throat that it is up here. These are the big drivers in short track racing and I am looking forward to see how I stack up against them.”
Majeski, who is currently attending the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, is coming down to the Snowball Derby after holding off former ARCA Midwest Tour champions Nathan Haseleu and Jonathan Eilen for the 2014 title. In 12 ARCAMT starts this year, he had two wins, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes along with four fast qualifier awards.
“Toby Nuttleman and my crew gave me great racecars all year long,” Majeski said. “We had five mechanical failures out of the 12 races. Our worse finish was third in those others. I am really blessed with the opportunities I have been given.”
Speaking of opportunities, with Majeski coming from the Midwest to the Snowball Derby, he will be one of the drivers eligible for the Speed51.com $551 bounty. One will be awarded to the highest-finishing Midwest-based team and the other $551 bonus will go to the highest-finishing Northeast-based team.
“That would be awesome to win that,” Majeski exclaimed. “I really have to thank Speed51.com for putting that up for us. It would be a cool deal to win that and hopefully the chips will fall in the right place for us to grab some extra money.”
Majeski and his team recently made the final decision to come down the Snowball Derby.
“Before Oktoberfest, we planned on going and actually ordered a new Lefthander Chassis to get that done for the Snowball Derby and use our Midwest Tour car as a backup,” Majeski explained. “We basically totaled our Midwest Tour car at Oktoberfest and we really weren’t banking on building two cars from the ground up. It really took a financial hit.
“With the help of Seubert Calf Ranches and a few other sponsors, we are going to be able to head down there and compete. I am not sure if we will have both cars done, but we will have one done for sure and definitely bring enough parts in case anything happens.”
Like everyone else, Majeski’s ultimate goal would be to lift the Tom Dawson trophy over his head, but would be satisfied with a strong finish.
“I would be really happy with anything in the top five,” Majeski proclaimed. “I feel confident that we can go down there and compete with the Chase Elliott’s and Erik Jones’. They are tough there and that is the bottom line. But I think we can give them a run for the money and if we can come out of there with a top-five finish, it would be a huge honor.”
For Majeski, a Snowball Derby victory could have a huge impact on his racing career.
“Looking at past winners of the Snowball Derby, a lot of younger drivers like Johanna Long and Erik Jones have gotten opportunities after winning that race,” Majeski said. “I think it would open up some opportunities next year or the year after that. I think it would do a lot for my career to bring home that win.”
The 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 3. On-track activities start Thursday, December 4, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.
The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 5 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.
The Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 6 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.
Then on Sunday, December 7, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2pm CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
47th Annual Snowball Derby tickets are now on sale. Purchase today by calling the Five Flags Speedway Box Office at 850-944-8400.
For more information on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.
– 51 Sports/Snowball Derby press release
– Photo credits: Speed51.com