Ty Majeski has come out of nowhere to establish himself as a contender for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. The driver from Seymour, Wisconsin recently made his 18th and 19th NASCAR starts of the season, and by doing so jumped seven spots from 10th to third in the most recent Division I standings.
Though Majeski has many other races on his mind, including the possibility of a third ARCA Midwest Tour championship, he has taken notice to his current position in the national standings.
“When we went to Speedweeks early on, got the three wins and a pair of seconds, we thought we had a chance at it. But looking at our schedule for the season, we were going to focus on Super Late Model racing and we didn’t think we were going to be able to have enough starts to get to 18. Not to mention those other guys run 40 races and they get to throw out their worst 20 or 22 races,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
“We have to be perfect at every one of the NASCAR races we do. We went through the season, we won nine out of ten at LaCrosse (Fairgrounds Speedway) and we realized we got a shot at this if we can just find a couple of other places to go later in the year. It kind of got on our radar about a month ago.”
Majeski’s near perfect performance at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Speedway has been at the back bone of his NASCAR success. But the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at LaCrosse has concluded, which means Majeski will have to step up at two other Midwest tracks.
The tracks he’s targeting are Madison International Speedway, also in Wisconsin, and Minnesota’s Elko Speedway. Despite certain difficulties he faces at each track, Majeski thinks he can record the wins he needs in the little time that is left.
“I think we can,” he said of the possibility of winning the national title. “It’s tough at Madison because they have a different rules package there, so we’re not running our LaCrosse car there. We’re way down on motor, the technology on the car is just not where those guys are, but we still had a really good run and hopefully we can go down there Friday and potentially win double features.
“Elko was our first time there so we put on four tires and had to start dead last both races so that was the reason for those bottom top ten finishes, but we’ll go back there September 17 and we’ll be able to qualify and start the race where we belong instead of having to start at the tail.”
Majeski is only planning to visit each track just once, but the help of double features at Madison gives him just the opportunity to try and find that last chance at success.
“Our goal is to win at least two more and have another top two finish and I think we’ll be in pretty good shape. We’re in control of our own destiny. I think if we can out there, win two or three more races I think we’ll be fine.”
Majeski currently sits 29 points back of current NWAAS points leader Matt Bowling, as of the latest point standings released on Tuesday afternoon. Bowling leads the way with 657 points while Connecticut Modified ace Keith Rocco sits one point back with 656 points. Majeski has 628 points, while California Late Model driver Trevor Huddleston (620 points) and defending national champion Lee Pulliam (610 points) round out the top five.
Last Week’s Results:
Matt Bowling – Qualified first, but rear axle issues relegated him to a 12th-place finish at Kingsport Speedway (TN) on Friday night. Bowling finished fourth in a 100-lap race at South Boston Speedway (VA) on Saturday.
Keith Rocco – Finished second to Ryan Preece in both Sunoco Modified races Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT). Recorded a fifth-place finish at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) Friday night and was involved in a wreck Saturday night, relegating him to a 16th-place finish at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT).
Ty Majeski – Finished second at Madison International Speedway (WI) Friday night then made the trip to Elko Speedway (MN) where he recorded finishes of eighth and 10th.
Trevor Huddleston – Irwindale Speedway did not host NASCAR racing at the track this past weekend.
Lee Pulliam – Recorded a pair of podium finishes, a second and a third, in twin Late Model Stock Car races at Motor Mile Speedway (VA).
This Week’s Plans:
Matt Bowling – A pair of twin 75s are on deck for the Late Model Stock Cars at South Boston.
Keith Rocco – Thompson is off this week, so Rocco will have two chances to record wins. Friday night he’ll compete at Stafford and Saturday he’ll make his way to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Ty Majeski – Majeski has four more NWAAS races on his schedule including a trip to championship night at Madison this Friday night for double features.
Trevor Huddleston – Huddleston will have to wait another week to add NASCAR points as Irwindale does not race again until September 10.
Lee Pulliam – Pulliam will make his way to South Boston for a showdown with current Division I points leader Bowling. He’ll have two chances to earn wins and two chances to stop Bowling from adding more points to his total.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Bruce Nuttleman