Ty Majeski’s quest for career win No. 100 will see him get another shot at the upper levels of NASCAR. The Wisconsin driver will make his NASCAR Truck Series debut on Friday night for Niece Motorsports at ISM Raceway (AZ) as a teammate to championship contender Ross Chastain.
When he climbs behind the No. 44 truck, it will be Majeski’s first start in one of NASCAR’s national tours since last year’s Xfinity Series finale at Homestead. Overall, it will be his 16th race in one of the top three series after a partial season with Roush Fenway Racing in 2018. He says the opportunity came as a last-minute deal after spending most of the year trying to put something together.
“I’m really excited, I’ve actually been working with Niece throughout the season, been trying to put a few races together and the timing just never worked out for either of us at the same time,” Majeski told Speed51.com. “They informed me about this opportunity a week and a half or two weeks ago and we decided to put it together. I’m thankful it came through, they’ve had a lot of success this year with Ross (Chastain) and the No.45, hopefully we can continue that and put a couple good runs together.”
Majeski will be joining a team that has experienced a breakout season with Ross Chastain and others behind the wheel. After struggling the first two full-time seasons as a team, Niece Motorsports has gone to victory lane three times with Chastain and are on the cusp of going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the championship.
A 14-time winner between the ARCA Menards Series and Super Late Models this year, Majeski has admired the jump the team has made.
“It’s been cool to watch their progression from being a mediocre team last year to being the guys to beat this year; that’s really hard to do in today’s sport of NASCAR,” he said. “It’s hard to make a jump and to make it that quick is remarkable. It’s a testament to everybody over at the shop. (General Manager) Cody Efaw, Phil Gould, the Crew Chief over there have been doing a great job and they’ve assembled a great team surrounding them. It’s been a pleasure to watch and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
While it may be a one-off deal for Majeski and Niece Motorsports for this weekend, he hopes Friday night’s race will lead to a bigger role with the team in the future.
“There’s nothing else planned for the future right now. If we go run good this weekend that’ll obviously help our chances moving forward, but right now it’s just this one race and we’re going to go out there and do the best we can,” he stated. “I’ve got a great opportunity in front of me and I have to make the most of it.”
While he would love to hit the century mark in wins on Friday night, he has his goal set in his mind for the 150-lap event in Arizona.
“I think just to have a good, solid run. I think running consistently in the top ten is a feasible goal for us,” he said. “Hopefully we can put ourselves in that position come the last stage and try to race it out.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Niece Motorsports Twitter