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Ty Majeski is Short Track Racing’s Next Big Thing

Ty Majeski.

Already a household name in Midwestern short track circles, the 20-year-old is now taking his talents all over the country. Following a statement victory on Sunday in the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, it’s just a matter of time before his name starts to get brought up in NASCAR circles as well.

Prior to 2015, Majeski was known by short track diehards for his success in the ARCA Midwest Tour. Despite two championships in that region, the consensus was that Majeski would eventually need to travel south and test his No. 91 against deeper fields before taking the next step up the ladder.

That’s exactly what he’s done, winning the inaugural Kulwicki Driver Development Program contest and using the additional support to travel to events like the Snowball Derby, Rattler 250 and the World Series of Asphalt. Despite the step up in competition, Majeski has experienced similar result, taking the World Series championship, earning the pole for the Derby and winning on Sunday at South Alabama.

Majeski said it was important to prove himself against the likes of Bubba Pollard, Christopher Bell and William Byron, given that they’ve carried the banner for the discipline in recent months.

“It was big,” Majeski said. “There’s a lot of good competition in the Midwest but the Southeast is where it’s at for this level. We got humbled the first time we went to the Derby but really broke through a few weeks later at New Smyra.

“My team has just done a great job of giving me everything I need to learn these tracks and then we set the track record at Five Flags. It just says a lot about the people around me that we’re having so much success everywhere we go.”

Majeski doesn’t intend to run for a track or tour championship anywhere across the country but instead has targeted tracks and events that will garner him the biggest paydays and increase of notoriety. That means expect to see him in Nashville next month and at races like the Redbud 300, Winchester 400 and All-American 400.

Expect him to lead a bunch of laps and win a handful of additional races too. And should everything go according to plan, it’s not out of the question to see Majeski appear at the national touring level in either an ARCA car or NASCAR Truck.

“Absolutely that’s the plan,” Majeski said. “We’re hoping to get a deal announced in the next few weeks. We want to do some ARCA for sure and not sure about anything else. But we’re open to doing as much as possible as long as it makes sense.”

Enjoy him at the short track level because his peers don’t expect him to stay there long. Rival team owner and Sprint Cup Series veteran Jeff Burton says Majeski is the real deal.

“He’s just smooth,” Burton said. “He’s mature and does things the right way. I think he’s definitely got a bright future ahead of him.”

Paired with crew chief Toby Nuttleman, Majeski has won and dominated at every level and in every region. It’s the same kind of career enjoyed by the likes of Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Daniel Hemric. That’s high praise but Majeski appears just as good as each of them.

Remember the name Ty Majeski because he’s next.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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