For Ty Majeski, the 2019 season was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Majeski came into the year off of what was unquestionably the hardest racing season of his career. The four-time ARCA Midwest Tour late model champion had built a solid resume on the short tracks, and impressed in limited opportunities in the ARCA Menards Series. That opened the door for a shot at the big time, a development deal with Ford to race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Roush Fenway Racing.
It could have been the start of a similar path that former ARCA champion Chris Buescher followed. Buescher went on to win an NXS championship with Roush Fenway in 2015 and despite racing for underfunded or independent teams in the NASCAR Cup Series has already scored a win and earned a solid reputation among his peers.
Hopes were extremely high that Majeski would follow Buescher’s footsteps. Running a partial season, about a third of the races, he was paired with 2016 ARCA champ Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric. Despite all the potential in the world, it was a miserable 2018 season.
His first three starts were cut short due to accidents. A seventh-place finish at Iowa was the high point of the year. After the season, Majeski was left to reevaluate where he was and wonder if that was it.
It might have been, if not for an opportunity to race on the ARCA superspeedways for Chad Bryant Racing.
Majeski capitalized in a big way. He finished fourth in his first start of the season at Talladega. At Charlotte, he capitalized on a rare miscue by Michael Self to earn his first career ARCA win, and then followed it with his second straight win at Pocono. He nearly made it three in a row at Michigan, but Self evened the score on the final lap when the fuel cell in Majeski’s car ran dry in the final corner. Majeski rebounded, however, with a dominant win at Chicagoland in his next start. He closed the season with a third-place run at Kansas, his sixth top-five finish in six starts. It turns out that fourth at Talladega would be his worst finish of the season.
Six starts. Three wins. Six top-five finishes. One hundred percent of his possible laps completed. One hundred twelve laps led. An average starting position of fourth, and an average finishing position of second.
Not too shabby for a guy trying to rebuild his career.
Majeski’s performances on the superspeedways were a key to winning the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge for team owner Chad Bryant.
ARCA’s 67th season will come to a close when Christian Eckes will officially be crowned the 36th ARCA Menards Series champion on Saturday, December 14 at the Championship Banquet held at the Indiana State Convention Center, held annually in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. Tickets to the black tie gala, which are also available to the general public, are on sale now.