Ty Majeski scores first Truck win at Bristol, advances to Phoenix

Ty Majeski‘s NASCAR career might not have been the rocket start that some expected when he was a prospect, but when he finally found his mojo (and an actual full-time ride), it placed him on the cusp of winning a Camping World Truck Series championship.

Majeski’s ThorSport Racing team-mate Christian Eckes spun Chris Hacker with fifty laps remaining, setting the stage for him taking the lead on the ensuing restart. Despite pressure from Zane Smith, he kept him at bay to take the win.

“We came guns blazing for this race and brought our best truck,” said Majeski. “Joe (Shear, crew chief) was aggressive on pit strategy, got us out front and we were able to get it done. This is so cool, and my crew has been so up and down. There’s been a lot of people who have helped get me to this point. I know my late model guys are watching back at the shop and they’re a big part of me getting here. My parents, my fiancé, this is just damn cool.

“We came with this plan and obviously it’s a tall task to win at any of these races. I’ve been in that position a lot as a late model guy, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be in the position to win a lot of races and I’ve been in that position a lot. Just another late-race restart on a half-mile.”

Fellow Toyota driver Chandler Smith had dominated the race by winning the first two stages, but fell back in the last segment and finished ninth. Nevertheless, he remains the points leader and remains in position to reach the Championship Round provided disaster does not strike in the next two races at Talladega and Homestead.

On the other hand, ThorSport’s Ben Rhodes has seen his title defence instead leave his back inching towards the wall after finishing eighteenth, the worst of the playoff drivers.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 6 66 Ty Majeski ThorSport Racing Toyota 200 Running
2 35 38 Zane Smith Front Row Motorsports Ford 200 Running
3 28 75 Parker Kligerman Henderson Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
4 4 23 Grant Enfinger GMS Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
5 16 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Toyota 200 Running
6 1 19 Derek Kraus McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
7 3 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 200 Running
8 7 98 Christian Eckes ThorSport Racing Toyota 200 Running
9 2 18 Chandler Smith Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 200 Running
10 5 51 Corey Heim^ Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 200 Running
11 12 16 Tyler Ankrum Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 200 Running
12 36 4 John Hunter Nemechek Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 200 Running
13 27 30 Kaden Honeycutt On Point Motorsports Toyota 200 Running
14 18 1 Hailie Deegan David Gilliland Racing Ford 200 Running
15 8 44 Bayley Currey* Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
16 17 17 Taylor Gray^ David Gilliland Racing Ford 200 Running
17 26 15 Tanner Gray David Gilliland Racing Ford 200 Running
18 11 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Toyota 200 Running
19 10 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
20 32 22 Austin Wayne Self AM Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
21 20 24 Jack Wood GMS Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
22 15 35 Jake Garcia McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
23 23 45 Lawless Alan Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
24 19 91 Colby Howard McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
25 25 02 Jesse Little Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
26 29 56 Timmy Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 200 Running
27 9 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley WAR Chevrolet 199 Running
28 22 9 Blaine Perkins CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 197 Running
29 31 20 Leland Honeyman Jr. Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 195 Running
30 24 61 Chase Purdy Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 193 Running
31 21 32 Connor Mosack Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 192 Running
32 13 40 Dean Thompson Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 178 Accident
33 30 33 Chris Hacker Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet 165 Suspension
34 14 7 Rajah Caruth Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 44 Accident
35 34 43 Josh Reaume Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota 34 Accident
36 33 12 Spencer Boyd Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Accident
DNQ 90 Justin Carroll TC Motorsports Toyota
Bold – Currently in playoffs
^ – Currently in owner playoffs
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points