May 1, 2016 – Madison International Speedway proved to be a vortex of racing action on Sunday, May 1, 2016. With one of the stoutest fields to date, one name rose above the rest; Ty Majeski. After setting a blistering fast time lap during qualifying, he found himself on the track rolling the dice to determine what the invert would be. Ty rolled a 5, putting him in the 10th spot for the start of the race. During driver introductions, the fans roared when Ty’s name was called by ARCA Midwest Tour announcer Eric Huenefeld. Ty entered this race with an already impressive resume for 2016. He already had 5 wins, one championship and 2 fast times under his belt.
When the green flag dropped for the 100 lap Joe Shear Classic, Ty methodically worked his way through traffic. Dennis Prunty lead the field and began pulling away as others battled for position behind him. NASCAR Truck Series Daytona winner Johnny Sauter was working his way through traffic from the back of the pack after a penalty doled out by the track. As the laps counted down, Ty worked his way up in the field. He passed for second place with 72 laps to go. He began reeling in Dennis Prunty. It didn’t take long for Ty to try and make the pass for the lead. With 68 to go, the 91 was able to complete the pass and pull away. Johnny Sauter was able to catch and pass Prunty and start to close the gap between himself and Ty. Ty went on to lead the remaining laps, passing under the checkered flag with almost three seconds to spare from the second place finisher, Johnny Sauter. The end result was P1, Ty Majeski, P2, Johnny Sauter, P3, Dennis Prunty.
When asked if he thought he would have anything for Sauter had a caution come out Ty replied “My dad (spotter) was calling out differentials and lap times. We knew Sauter was fast. I was saving my stuff in case that caution flew so I would have something left for him at the end. I was just trying to maintain that comfortable gap between us. We had something left for him.”
Ty would like to thank all the fans for their overwhelming support. “It’s humbling to see all the support I’m getting from the fans. I really want to continue to perform well for them and represent our brand in the best way possible. It’s hard to convey how great it makes you feel to know everyone believes in you and thinks you have what it takes to go to the next level. I’m doing my best to make a great showing at every event we race.” “Thanks to the crew, also, Toby Nuttleman, Brad and Nancy Mannstedt, my parents, Brian Bank my tire guy, Chris Johnson, iRacing.com, Montgomery Ward, LeJeune Bolt, Wehrs Machine, Lefthander Chassis, McGunegil Race Engines, I couldn’t do what I’m doing without all of you.”
With this race, Ty’s new stats are 11 starts, 11 top 5’s 6 wins, 3 fast times, and one track record and clean sweep (LaCrosse)
Ty’s next race will be at Wisconsin International Raceway on May 7. Hope to see you all there!