When NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Majeski shows up to short track headliners, more often than not, he’s contending for his second (Oktoberfest), third (Icebreaker 100) or even fourth (Florida Governor’s Cup) win.
There are very few victory lanes, especially in the Midwest, that the Wisconsin native hasn’t visited. But next Tuesday, Majeski will take the green flag at Wisconsin Int’l Raceway for the Dixieland 250 with a winless streak.
“This race is kind of left on my list, along with the Snowball Derby,” Majeski told Speed51.com. “The last two years, we’ve missed the setup just a little bit. We’ve been in the ballpark, we’ve been fast. We’ve led laps just about every year. It just hasn’t gone our way at the end.”
As far as podium finishes go, in 2016, the ‘ninety-won’ machine was one spot short of a victory. Last year, it was two. Majeski’s water pump belt failed back in 2015, putting him 17 positions away from a win, after leading a majority of the race.
With the past as a clear indication, Majeski admits it’s going to take a lot more than speed to finally add his name to a long list of winners that includes NASCAR stars like Mark Martin and Kyle Busch.
“The luck has to fall our way,” Majeski said. “And I feel like you can’t just be fast enough to win that race, you have to be smart too. We have to make sure we play the strategy right, know when to put the tires on, know how early is too early. Hopefully the cautions will fall in our favor.”
In between Xfinity Series runs, Majeski has been competing in select Midwestern Super Late Model races throughout 2018 to keep himself sharp in the driver’s seat. It just so happens he’s won them all, too.
One of those victories was the Slinger Nationals, another first in Majeski’s career. If Majeski can outsmart the rest of the field on Tuesday, he’ll have the trifecta of prestigious Midwest titles under his belt.
“I’m four for four in the Midwest this year,” Majeski said. “It’s been a good season so far on the short tracks, so hopefully we can continue that. Obviously [Dixieland] is one of the bigger races every year. I would say Oktoberfest, Slingers Nationals and Dixieland 250 are the three premier races in the Midwest. So, it would mean a lot to finally get that win and I feel good about our chances.”
Family, friends and long-time sponsors will all be in the stands of Wisconsin Int’l Speedway on Tuesday to cheer on Majeski. Race fans who can’t make it out to Majeski’s home track can watch the Dixieland 250 event from home through Speed51.com’s live pay-per-view broadcast.
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-Story by: Melissa Strahley, Gulf Coast Editor
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