Ty Majeski finally overcame all the bad luck from this past week and parked his Super Late Model in Victory Lane on Tuesday night at New Smyrna Speedway.
Murphy’s Law had struck the 2016 World Series of Asphalt champion for much of Speedweeks, getting penalized for contact in the Friday opener, spinning out on Saturday and getting spun again on Monday. It hasn’t been an easy week.
The victory wasn’t without controversy however, as Majeski got into the back of Burton while racing for second with four laps to go, but wasn’t sent to the rear of the field for contact. On the final restart, Majeski passed a dominant Stephen Nasse for the lead and never looked back.’
“First of all, that was a great race,” Majeski said. “Nasse is really good around here. He ran a great line, gave me just enough room on the bottom. That makes it difficult but it’s our job to do it clean.
“I knew I would have a shot at him if I could get even with him coming out of 2. I was able to do that, was a little free on the bottom, and cleared him off 4.”
Majeski was adamant that the contact with Burton wasn’t in any way intentional, even after he was spun by the youngster on Monday night.
“There was nothing retaliatory about that at all,” Majeski said. “He and (Nasse) were racing hard. I was racing Nasse really hard, couldn’t get by him, Harrison got me and took a shot and he couldn’t get it done either. He got loose under the 51 into Turn 1 and I couldn’t check-up in time. He was already sideways when I touched him. I let off the gas.”
On Monday, Majeski sarcastically told media to check Kim Burton’s (Harrison’s mother) to find out the truth about that incident. That left the younger Burton a little snarky. In response to Tuesday’s contact, Burton fired back.
“He talks crap about my mom and then wrecks me,” Burton told the TV broadcast. “We’re not having that anymore. He says he races people like they race him. So that’s how it’s going to be.”
Burton didn’t understand why Majeski wasn’t sent to the back for the contact. Following the race, Burton and spotter Braden Lines had a meeting with race director Rusty Crews to get an explanation.
Crews admitted after the race that it was a judgement call and that he believed Burton was already loose under Nasse coming out of Turn 4.
“It’s our job to be fair,” Crews said. “We have to make the best decision we can with the information that’s available to us.”
Burton had no choice but to accept the decision.
“That was a private conversation, and I’ll keep it between us,” Burton said. “But we’ll move on, race and have fun. That’s what we’re here to do.”
Burton entered the race with a two-point championship lead, but an 18th place finish likely ended any chances of a No. 12 team repeat.
“Yeah, it’s salvageable for sure,” Burton said. “We’ve already worked on it a little bit and we’re almost there.”
The controversy overshadowed what was a great race for the first 45 laps. Stephen Nasse posted the sixth fastest lap in time trials but inherited the pole when Burton drew a six-car invert after becoming the fastest qualifier.
Nasse put on a defensive driving clinic by holding off Majeski and Burton until the Lap 46 caution changed the dynamic. Majeski was just too good entering the corners for Nasse to hold him off on the final restart.
“It was a lot of fun. A lot of hard, clean racing,” Nasse said. “I enjoyed doing it with [Majeski]. At the end of the day, we have a clean race car.
“He definitely used all of the real estate that he had, but that’s what you have to expect going into the last few laps. I wouldn’t have done it any different. I tried to pinch him the best I can, but I couldn’t get enough momentum.”
Just three more races remain for the Super Late Models. A pair of 35-lappers on Thursday and Friday leading up to the 100 lap main event and championship finale on Saturday night.
Nasse and Sam Mayer are tied for the championship lead with 238 points each. Burton fell to third but is 13 points behind the leaders with three races remaining.
The complete results can be found below.
- Ty Majeski
- Stephen Nasse
- Sam Mayer
- Matt Wallace
- Jeff Choquette
- Derek Griffith
- Derek Kraus
- Anthony Sergi
- Brad May
- Tyler Dippel
- Joe Graf, Jr.
- Gabe Sommers
- Ryan Moore
- Darrell Gilchrist
- Carter Stokes
- David Russell
- Steve Weaver
- Harrison Burton
- Russ Shaw
- Nicholas Naugle
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