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Majeski Off to Good Start in Trucks, Rattler Weekend

The four-time Rattler 250 race winner aims to win with a new chassis platform.


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With a pole at Daytona International Speedway and two top-10s to open his first full-time effort at ThorSport Racing, Ty Majeski has a tremendous amount of confidence and excitement for the remainder of the Truck Series season.

But first, a well-timed off-weekend means he gets to play at one of his absolute favorite Super Late Model events, the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway.

Seeking a record extending fifth win in seven years, Majeski has traded his usual modified Lefthander chassis for one entirely built from the ground up by Toby Nuttleman this weekend. TobyCar 001 made its debut at the Snowball Derby in December and finished 11th.

But through two days of practice and testing, Majeski says it drives exactly the way his previous race winning cars in Kinston have over the past decade. He was fastest in the final practice session on Friday afternoon.

"There are always different variables, right?" Majeski said. "The tires, with the tire shortage, is a big variable because the tire sizes aren’t as precise as they should be. Everyone else is constantly working and evolving to stay on top but we feel really good about this weekend. …

"I feel like it is driving very comparable to what we’ve had here the past two years and hopefully it’s good enough again."

Having already won this race four times, and with a Truck Series schedule that will soon be non-stop over the summer months, why come back out to South Alabama Speedway?

"Just a great opportunity with great people," Majeski said of Nuttleman and everyone associated with Gearheadz Motorsport. "We have really good Super Late Models. This is what I grew up doing. Duke Thorson, our Truck Series owner, is always a big advocate of getting us seat time in anything that we can.

"He enjoys watching what we're doing here and gives me the opportunity to come do this."

Majeski posted the third fastest time in the Rattler last year but hasn’t always qualified well at South Alabama. Historically, he qualifies outside of the top-five but still always finds his way to the front. So to that end, it probably won’t matter where Majeski starts on Sunday, especially with time trials set to take place on an extremely cold day.

"You know, we've never really had track position at the beginning of these races and a lot of guys really ride heavily in this race," Majeski said." So, I'm able to basically get pointed to the inside, and without trying, get that track position early.

"Hopefully we can qualify well here again, figure out where our car is at and maintain it to the end."

And then, all focus back on the No. 66 ThorSport Truck, which still doesn’t have a catchy social media tag like #NinetyWon.

"I’ve had that conversation with my fiancé, Ali, and it’s hard," Majeski said. "It’s hard with the double numbers but we’re going to keep kicking around ideas."

It’ll come in time, just like the wins are sure to come with the Joe Shear Jr. led team.

"Our stuff is really fast," Majeski said. "We had four really good trucks at Las Vegas, which is kind of the first test for where our intermediate package is and I was really happy with the potential that we showed.

"I thought the circumstances played against us and I wish we had a better finish to show for it, but Joe Shear and I are going to keep improving our communication and get better as the season progresses."