Ty Majeski motivated, ecstatic after earning career-best finish at Kansas

Ty Majeski was optimistic heading into Kansas Speedway this weekend.

He proved why on Saturday night, posting a career-best second-place finish at the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas City in the No. 66 Toyota for ThorSport Racing.

After qualifying third, Majeski led one lap and scored points in each of the race’s opening stages — second in Stage 1 and fourth in Stage 2.

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Majeski, the Midwestern late model ace, took advantage of John Hunter Nemechek’s poor restart with nine laps to go. Majeski lined up behind Smith on the inside lane and pounced to second place after Nemechek spun his tires on the front row, settling in for his career-best NASCAR finish.

“We kept easing on the balance all night. I was a little bit free,” Majeski said. “We kept making good adjustments, just didn’t make a big enough swing on that last run. The sun went down and I think it freed up a little bit. Just a little bit too free to be able to attack the way I needed to to get by the 38 (Zane Smith).

“He was class of the field all night. I really struggled on restarts, but once we got going, I could pick up the spots. Really good truck. Hats off to Joe Shear Jr., my crew chief.”

Majeski is posting impressive numbers in his first full-time Truck Series season. Two years ago, Majeski was slated to run the full schedule with Niece Motorsports, but the deal collapsed after 15 races as the team went a different direction.

Majeski joined ThorSport as an engineer at the shop in 2021 and piloted the No. 66 truck in four races with a best finish of seventh at Charlotte. The Wisconsin native has already posted a career-high three top fives and five top 10s this season, including Saturday night’s stellar result.

“It’s been a fun season so far,” Majeski said. “Just a huge relief to run good consistently. I had a really fast American Racing Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. I think our day is coming.”