On Monday evening at Wisconsin’s Golden Sands Speedway a bit of a disagreement took place between Kulwicki Driver Development Program teammates, Reagan May and Ty Majeski. The end result was Majeski’s car getting slammed by an innocent bystander in the infield while May’s car sat backwards at the start/finish line.
Speed51.com powered by JEGS spoke to both drivers on Tuesday afternoon, and naturally, both drivers had different opinions on what happened.
Video of both incidents between the two drivers can be seen now on the 51 Network.
“Majeski had used his stuff up trying to get through the field and got up to second, but could never close in on the six to eight car length lead that I had,” May said. “A caution in the back of the field bunched the field up and we got the one to go for green. Majeski had already ran into my door, door slammed me, two times under yellow. I was just maintaining the bottom. I wasn’t scrubbing and I was just waiting at the one to go.
“The final time he hit me in the middle of (turns) three and four. I don’t know if he was just trying to knock the toe out because he didn’t believe he was faster than me or what it was, but he cut my right-front tire down and the rest is history.”
The last bit of contact resulted in both drivers getting turned around on the frontstretch. May and Majeski both went to the pits to fix any damage they incurred before coming back onto the race track.
Eventually, Majeski managed to make his way back to the front of the field and into the lead. While he battled to stay ahead of Nathan Haseleu, he caught up to the damaged car of May at the entrance to turn three.
In turn four, May and Majeski made hard contact before Majeski spun to the infield where he got hit again by another car.
“There was incidental contact between the two of us under caution,” Majeski said. “She chose to wreck me under caution and then wait for me back under green and wreck me in front of the whole field while I’m leading the race. That’s really all I’m going to say about it. Definitely not how I carry myself. I’ll never think of doing anything like that.”
TUNDRA Super Late Model Series officials deemed that the contact was intentional, and according to the series press coordinator, Matt Panure, May was disqualified from the event. Majeski, however, managed to still finish second.
Majeski is the TUNDRA points leader by 24 over Dalton Zehr as the series heads to Jefferson Speedway on September 20 for the final race of the season.
“We’re just going to keep doing our thing,” he said. “We’ve got a great thing going and I’ve got great supporters behind me. We’re just going to show up to Jefferson and keep doing what we do and show up to other races and compete for wins to represent myself well on and off the track.”
Majeski said that this incident won’t affect the way he races with May going forward.
“I’ll still race with respect and I’ll race her how I race everybody else.”
May agreed with Majeski that this was an isolated incident, but she added that this was something that had been brewing for a while.
“Throughout the Midwest and even down in Florida from the winter racing, Majeski has built up a reputation of being a somewhat dirty driver, a little over aggressive and has a hard time passing on the outside or making a clean pass,” May said. “This isn’t the first time. If he was that much faster, he could’ve easily gone around on the outside.
“It’s just that some people don’t learn and it gets to a point where you just can’t take anymore. From here on out, I did what I needed to do and I think he got the message. It’s over with as far as I’m concerned. I’m just going to go back to racing clean like I usually do, but just like anyone else, tempers get high and there are times when you just run out of patience. Going into the future races, he’s just another racer out there and it shouldn’t be a problem.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount