Ty Majeski came to Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin looking at the big picture. That big picture is the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship and after Friday night, he changed the complexion of that picture once again.
Last week, the Seymour, Wisconsin driver moved within 29 points of national series leader Matt Bowling after a second place finish at Madison and an 8th and tenth finish at Elko Speedway in Minnesota. The Elko races were his 18th and 19th NWAAS events of the year. Knowing that the top 18 events will be used to determine the National title, Majeski came into Madison hoping to take those Elko finishes out of the picture.
He accomplished that goal on Friday night at Madison with his 13th NWAAS victory of the season and a seventh place finish.
“Overall, we gained some points tonight with the win,” Majeski said after the second feature. “It’s going to be close. We can put all of our eggs in one basket by going to Elko on September 17th or we could have the option of going to Elko on Saturday night and miss the Midwest Tour race. We are not sure what we are going to do yet.”
Majeski started ninth in the first 30-lap feature and used the double file restarts to work his way to the front. He got by Bobby Wilberg, who picked up his 12th track championship on Friday night, with three laps to go and capture win #13. That win eliminated his 10th place finish from the top 18 events.
“It was big. Obviously when you can win, you are gaining five points over a second place finish,” Majeski explained. “Every time we win, we gain five points. We will go to Elko and get a pair of wins there.”
In the second 30-lap feature, Majeski started 11th and knew he would have a hard time working to get to the front as he was under horsepower with his crate engine. On the final restart, he lined up on the second row on the outside and the lane wouldn’t move forward to get him into the top five. He settled for a seventh place finish.
In his top 18 races, that seventh place finish is his worse among them.
At the end of the evening, the team was trying to determine what would be the best option for them. One option would be to head to Elko Speedway and compete in their double features and hope to get another victory or two and improve his top 18 events. The other option for the weekend would be to go to Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and compete in the ARCA Midwest Tour event where he currently holds a 112-point lead over Paul Shafer Jr. in the standings.
At press time, that decision was not made.
“We need at least one more good finish between either two more or four more races at Elko,” Majeski explained. “I like our odds doing it in four rather than two. We will see what happens. Our car was OK the last time at Elko and we need to get it better the next time we go up there.”
Majeski’s last chance to improve his finishes would be on Saturday, September 17th at Elko Speedway. The final day for the National Championship is Sunday, September 18th.
Story By: Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
Photo Credit: Speed51.com / Bruce Nuttleman