Throughout the week, Ty Majeski was trying to determine where to race this weekend to keep himself alive in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship picture with two weekend remaining this year. On Friday afternoon, the decision was made to go to Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Illinois.
Majeski came into the weekend only three points behind national leader Matt Bowling in the standings. With 13 wins and five second place finishes to base his points off of, he felt that he had to leave Rockford with a victory to remain in contention.
The night got off to a good start as he was only .004 seconds off of being the fast qualifier. Michael Bilderback had that honor.
In the 40-lap main event, Makeski started eighth and got himself up to fifth by lap 15. After a caution that involved Mitch Garfield and Jake Gille, he was in third on the restart and got himself to the second spot at the midway point of the race.
The caution flew again on lap 24 for a spin in turn two. On that restart, Austin Nason was able to get second place from Majeski. Bilderback came through the field and also got by Majeski.
In the late going, Majeski battled with Nason for the third spot, even giving it one last shot off of turn four on the finale lap, but Nason got the final podium finish over Majeski. His fourth place finish won’t factor into his best 18 events that is counted for the National Championship.
“We brought a knife going to a gun fight,” Majeski told Speed51.com Powered by JEGS. “We knew that going in, cause we had a crate motor. This track is all about position on guys going into the corner. You can’t be at their quarter panel just to get it done; you need to be at their door. That is just the nature of the racetrack. We thought we may have a chance at it, but we were just way too tight after the last yellow flag. We just couldn’t get any center turn at all.”
Majeski has already said they will head to Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota on Saturday, September 17th for their twin features in the hopes of winning the National title. He feels that if he is to have a shot at winning, there is only one thing he needs to do next weekend.
“I see that (Matt) Bowling won tonight, so we would have to win both features at Elko,” Majeski said. “Obviously, a far-fetched deal, but we are going to up there and do our best.”
Bowling won his 14th feature event earlier in the evening at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina.
At Rockford, Matt Berger won the race with Bilderback in second.
Steve Rubeck, who is a former National Short Track Champion and whose nickname at the track is the “Mayor of Cherry Valley,” called upon his constituents (I.E. fellow racers) to come out on the final regular Saturday night program for the 2016 season on Facebook a few nights ago. If Majeski were to show up he needed a good car count to score max points in the in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schematic.
The chatter grew and drivers started to promise they would be there. At the time, Majeski was debating which NASCAR sanctioned track to compete at this weekend. He happened to see the conversation and when he saw the interest and promises, he made the decision on Friday afternoon to head to Rockford.
Majeski arrived back in Wisconsin on Saturday morning after spending at couple of days at Richmond International Raceway where he sat on Bubba Wallace’s pit box for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
After his race on Saturday night at Rockford, he had to finish a school assignment that was due that night. The assignment, ironically, had to deal with the impact of the internet in business.
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Story By: Kevin Ramsell, Midwest Correspondent, Speed51.com
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