Ty Majeski made a decision this past weekend that could potentially lead to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. The driver from Seymour, Wisconsin decided to forego competing in the ARCA Midwest Tour event at Dells Raceway Park (WI) in order to chase NASCAR points in double features at Elko Speedway (MN).
Majeski made the decision after winning his 13th NWAAS race of the 2016 season Friday night at Madison International Speedway (WI) to close the gap between himself, Southeast Late Model Stock Car driver Matt Bowling and Northeast Modified racer Keith Rocco.
“I’ve won two Midwest Tour championships now, what’s a third going to do for me? So I kind of looked at it from a career standpoint, and thought that if I could potentially win the NASCAR championship it might do more for my career than a third Midwest Tour championship,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Looking at the points, we knew that we’d still go into Elko, which is the second to last Midwest Tour race, with the point lead. We’ve been running really good all year so I thought it was a no-brainer.”
“We just wanted to make sure it was okay with Gregg McKarns because he does a lot for us across the board as a promoter in the area,” Majeski explained. “He helps us out a lot with numerous things, and we wanted to make sure he was okay with it. That was the biggest thing for us.”
McKarns released a statement to Speed51.com on Saturday offering his support for Majeski.
“Ty and I spoke, while I would like him here (at Dells Raceway Park) I understand and support him going for the NASCAR title,” the statement read. “He will be back with us at Elko on September 24. He had a tough decision today, it’s not every day a driver finds himself in position to contend for the National NASCAR title.”
Majeski recorded a second and a fifth-place finish in a pair of Late Model features Saturday at Elko to inch him closer to the top of the national standings. While he was hoping for at least one win at the Minnesota race track, he still believes he’s in contention to win the big prize.
“We know it’s tough to win two races in the double features up here just because the inverts are so big and you only have 30 laps to get it done,” Majeski said. “We knew if we could win one each night that would be pretty good, but we ended up coming short at Elko on Saturday.
“It definitely hurt us. If we won that race I think we would be leading the national points right now, instead I think we’re three points back if all my calculations are correct. At the end of the day we’re going to have to win one more race than they do because I believe my worst race counting now is 31 points and theirs are 32s. So if I win and they win, I’ll still come up two points short. We’re going to have to win more races than they do and that’s the bottom line.”
Currently, Majeski is without a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race on his schedule this upcoming weekend due to a prior commitment. On Tuesday afternoon, he was working to adjust those plans with hopes of chasing NASCAR points at a Midwest track on Saturday.
“I’m not supposed to be able to race this weekend; I have a meeting with some people that is not going to let me race this weekend. I just had a prior requirement to be at but I’m trying to get it moved to Friday and hopefully try to find somewhere to race on Saturday,” he explained. “Elko doesn’t race on Saturday. (Lebanon) I-44 races on Saturday but that’s a long haul and that’s a Pro Late Model race, and we don’t have a Pro Late Model. We kind of have our hands tied on where we can go.”
Majeski’s most likely destination if he is able to race Saturday will be Rockford Speedway (IL).
“We’re definitely down on horsepower there, but if I was able to race on Saturday that is probably where we’ll end up going,” he stated. “Other than that we have Elko on the 17th and we’ll be going there for double features.”
With just two weeks remaining in the battle for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, each of the drivers involved is keeping a close eye on their competition. Watching his fellow competitors and being involved in the NASCAR title fight for the first time has been an experience that Majeski has enjoyed thus far.
“It’s definitely a unique system and something that I’ve never experienced,” Majeski said. “It’s kind of cool following what those guys are doing and calculating points, knowing what you need to do and pushing each other. Somebody said that by me winning on Friday night it forced Bowling to go to Dominion (VA) on Saturday night, and that kind of stuff I think is pretty cool. You’re in a points battle against guys you don’t even race against, so it’s definitely unique and I think it makes us all better and pushes us.”
As of print time on Tuesday afternoon, the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I points had not been updated with last weekend’s results.
Be sure to visit Speed51.com often throughout the next two weeks as we keep a close eye on #TheWatch and the road to crowning a 2016 national champion.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman
Last Weekend’s Results:
Matt Bowling – Win and a fourth-place finish in twin Late Model features at Dominion Raceway (VA) on Saturday night.
Keith Rocco – Win at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) Friday night, seventh at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT) on Saturday.
Ty Majeski – Win and a seventh-place finish in Late Model races at Madison International Speedway (WI). Finished second and fifth in Late Model races at Elko Speedway (MN) on Saturday night.
Trevor Huddleston – Won a Late Model feature at Tucson Speedway (AZ).
Lee Pulliam – Rained out at South Boston, did not race.
This Weekend’s Plans:
Matt Bowling – We expect to see Bowling at Dominion Raceway for a 150-lap race on Thursday night and at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) for twin 40s on Saturday.
Keith Rocco – Rocco also has three races on his schedule this week beginning Wednesday night with a 30-lap Sunoco Modified race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT). He’ll also be at Stafford on Friday night for a 40-lap SK Modified race and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday for a 35-lap SK Modified race.
Ty Majeski – Majeski is currently not scheduled to compete in NASCAR competition this weekend. If he is able to adjust his schedule, we expect to see him at Rockford Speedway on Saturday night.
Trevor Huddleston – Huddleston will return to Irwindale Speedway (CA) to compete in Late Model action this Saturday night.
Lee Pulliam – Pulliam will be at Motor Mile Speedway (VA) Saturday night looking to clinch the track championship in a 150-lap race.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Kevin Ramsell