Four-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski will make his second series start of the year Sunday as racing returns to The Milwaukee Mile for the Father’s Day 100. The Wisconsin native is coming off four straight top-five finishes in the ARCA Menards Series, including two wins and a runner-up finish in the past three races.
He remembers competing in the first return to the Mile in 2012 as a 17-year-old, which featured future NASCAR stars and current Hall of Famers. After not running well in either of his other starts at the mile oval, he is excited to race at the famous track in his home state and seek redemption.
“I remember the first year when they kind of brought it back in 2012,” Majeski told Speed51. “I was a part of it but not a big part of it, I don’t think I ran very well. I remember 70, 80 cars were there, Rusty Wallace was running and a ton of big names like Chase Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek, guys who are big in the sport now.
“It’ll be cool to go back to that venue,” Majeski added. “I know the entry list looks very strong with racers from all over the country and it’ll be a good battle on Sunday.”
Majeski is no stranger to mile ovals in a Super Late Model. He has competed at The Milwaukee Mile twice and has won both ARCA Midwest Tour races held at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (IL). He feels like he will be close to having what he needs for the Mile by going off what has worked at Gateway.
“I was really young when I ran it in 2012, so it was seven years ago already, and I ran it again in 2014,” he said. “The place is flat and fast. I do quite a bit of iRacing on that track in a Super Late Model to get prepared. It’s a unique racetrack, it’s really nothing like what we go to. We’ve been at Gateway the past couple years and have had really good runs there, so we’re unloading with our Gateway package and hopefully it’ll be close at the Mile.”
After Roush-Fenway Racing shut down their NASCAR Xfinity Series team, Majeski was the only driver out of the program that was left out of an Xfinity Series ride. He signed a deal with Chad Bryant Racing for a select amount of ARCA Menards Series races, which has paid off right away.
Majeski recently won two races in a row at Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) and Pocono Raceway (PA), and nearly won at Michigan International Speedway before running out of fuel on the final lap. He looks to ride the wave of momentum built from ARCA into Milwaukee Mile victory lane.
“Last season was really tough for me from losing my ride, and then getting a good opportunity for Chad Bryant Racing this year,” Majeski said. “We all put the plan together and hoped it would go the way it’s going, but you don’t necessarily know that. I’m just really thankful from both sides for the way it’s going, I really needed it for my career and I know it really helps Chad’s program as well. It’s a win-win for both sides and it’s carried a lot of momentum over into this weekend.”
With Milwaukee being the biggest track Super Late Models will compete on this year, he says the size and the speed of the Mile will bring along a set of challenges not normally seen in Late Model racing. He believes his time spent with Roush-Fenway Racing in North Carolina will give him an advantage with setting the car up come Sunday.
“I think the biggest thing is, the sport has been progressing and innovation has been big in the sport, especially in the aero department as of late,” he stated. “Usually we don’t go to tracks where aero makes a big difference, but certainly at Milwaukee you’re going to see guys who have their aero programs figured out and who doesn’t, so it’s definitely going to make a difference there. I’ve been learning a lot down south and I’ve been trying to implement some of that into our Late Model. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re definitely making strides in the right direction.”
Majeski heads into Milwaukee looking to check off the final box on the list of pavement tracks in Wisconsin he has conquered. It has been a personal goal of his since the start of his racing career. Winning at The Mile would mean a lot to him and he believes he can get it done, but says a win on Sunday would be hard-earned due to the level of competition expected.
“I’ve won on every paved racetrack in the state of Wisconsin other than the Milwaukee Mile and one other track. They don’t ever run Late Models there, it’s Tomah Sparta Speedway,” he said. “That would really be the last one, but The Milwaukee Mile is kind of the one I have to cross off. It would be really cool to have won at all the paved racetracks in Wisconsin. It’s something that I have as a small goal in my career to do and it’s pretty cool that it’s achievable.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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