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ASHLEY ASKS….. Ty Majeski

After running a limited schedule across the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series the past three years, Ty Majeski is ready for the full truck campaign with Niece Motorsports in 2020.

The Wisconsin native recently spoke with POPULAR SPEED about his thoughts entering the season.

POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts as we look forward to the 2020 season?

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TY MAJESKI: Obviously for myself, incredibly excited to be full time just in general. I’ve been doing some NASCAR stuff since 2017; it’s always been three races here, 12 races there, six races there. It’ll be good to finally get in a rhythm with the team. As a young and up-and-coming racer, you just want to have a good opportunity to race full-time with good people and good equipment, and I’m excited for that opportunity this year. I’m ready to make the best of it.

PS: What are your goals and expectations for the year?

MAJESKI: I think the biggest thing for me is to establish a rhythm, and obviously get in tune with the team. Some of the guys that I worked with before are on the team, so I’m excited for that. But just to establish consistency and eventually compete for wins. I mean, we expect to run well. This team is proven and obviously I feel in the right opportunity I am able to go and win races, and that’s our goal.

PS: What track are you most looking forward to?

MAJESKI: I think the one for me is probably Martinsville. It’s a track that I’ve always wanted to race at. Obviously, you grow up watching on TV or playing iRacing on it. For me, I ran the Xfinity Series and doesn’t go there – or hasn’t in the past, so that’s definitely one I’m looking forward to. I have a lot of laps there virtually, but none in real life, so I’m excited to get there and race that track.

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PS: You’ve been able to gain a lot of experience to date. What’s the biggest thing that you have picked up on that you feel will help you now that you’re full-time?

MAJESKI: I think the biggest thing is working with a lot of different people. You learn a lot of stuff, and I’ve gotten the chance to work with a lot of good people, just maybe not in the right situations. I think you need to take bits and pieces from each situation and opportunity and take all that knowledge and apply that to your current opportunity. I think, to date, this is going to be my best opportunity as a up-and-coming racer, and I’m just excited to get going. I can’t wait for Daytona.

PS: What would it mean to you if one day you could reach the top level and be in the Cup Series?

MAJESKI: That’s obviously my goal. As a kid, I never thought it was possible. I’m a first generation racer from a small town in Wisconsin and I never thought it’d turn into what it is has, and obviously it’s come realistic in the last few years, and we’re going to do everything that we can for ourselves to do that.

PS: Last year, you made a lot of headlines across the board. What was your favourite moment from 2019?

MAJESKI: I would say winning my first ARCA race, especially at Charlotte. Obviously Charlotte is the hub of NASCAR and motorsports in the U.S. and to go win on the home turf of motorsports was really cool. Then to be back it up, I won at home track in Chicago a few weeks later. Those are two pretty cool wins for me for different reasons.

Nigel Kinrade | NKP

PS: We’ve gotten to know you as a late model racer across the country. How many races can we expect to see you run in 2020?

MAJESKI: We’re putting the schedule together right now; it looks like it’ll end up between 10 and 15 late model races. There’s a lot of holes in the truck series schedule. Between middle of February and middle of November, we only race 23 weekends, so there’s definitely opportunities for me to run some late model races.

PS: Who would you call your racing hero?

MAJESKI: I think that changes as growing up, I think it’s different than it is now. For awhile there, I looked up to Alan Kulwicki and how he did things and how he went to school and got his engineering degree, and had a do it yourself attitude. He was the guy working in the shop himself, but also an owner, a driver, and he had the capabilities of being a crew chief; that’s something that I strive to be like.

Now a days, you see drivers that just show up to the race track and drive; I take pride in knowing what I’m racing and doing the best that I can to know what I am racing to make better adjustments and give better feedback to my crew chief.

PS: Given your career path to date, what would be one piece of advice that you’d offer to that next driver out there?

MAJESKI: I think the big thing is to surround yourself with good people. Just like anything else, just in general, if you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen. The racecars and equipment can be good, but if you don’t have the right people working on it and guiding you, you won’t get anywhere. That’s been the biggest thing for me in my career is I always try to put myself in the best situations with the best people, and so far it has worked out for me.

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Ford Performance Claims Hailie Deegan in 2020 DGR-Crosley Deal

On December 11, DGR-Crosley announced it would be making the jump from fielding Toyotas to Fords in 2020 and that in just six days, they would be introducing a new development driver. This manufacturer swap spelled early speculations for Hailie Deegan, who was a free agent following the 2019 season and who already had ties to the newly branded Ford team in the past.

Fast forward six days and DGR-Crosley revealed that the 18-year old driver will indeed be racing for their organization full-time in the newly modeled ARCA Menards Series as Ford Performance’s development driver. This is a massive win for both Deegan and DGR-Crosley as the female racing prodigy has cemented herself as arguably the sport’s most enticing up-and-coming talent.

This new deal comes just one month following Deegan’s breakout season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in which she captured 11 top-10s, eight top-five’s and her first multi-win season (2) – all while finishing third in the series’ standings.

MVPindex also revealed that last year, the female development driver ranked third amongst all NASCAR drivers in social media engagements and impressions, only bested by 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson. In an all important digital age where social media is prevalent in growing the sport’s popularity, it’s highly encouraging that Deegan is the only driver inside of the top-10 who doesn’t compete in the Cup Series.

Being a highly touted talent skyrocketing through NASCAR’s lower divisions and someone who is essential for the sport’s growth, the Ford Performance development driver deal makes sense for both sides. By getting Ford’s support, Deegan is getting assurance from the manufacturer that she will receive all the tools and backing to ensure a long-standing career in NASCAR.

The deal with DGR-Crosley also opens new potential avenues for the 18-year old driver and her racing career. The David Gilliland run race team fields drivers in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. It would not be out of the ordinary to see Deegan potentially run some truck races in the later stages of 2020, given on-track success in the ARCA Series.

The California-product will race the No. 4 Monster Energy Ford Fusion in all 20 races run in the ARCA Menards Series, but she won’t be going in blindly to the developmental driver series. In 2019, Deegan amassed four top-10’s and one top-five finish in the mere six races she ran for Venturini Motorsports.

It should also be noted that the latest success story of Ford Performance’s developmental driver program was Cole Custer. Custer masterfully raced his way to a ride in the newly named NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 after a stellar NASCAR Xfinity Series season. The California-native will take over driving duties for the No. 41 at Stewart-Haas Racing and with stars like Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola nearing the back-end of their careers, Deegan could make a potential great fit down the road.

The deal between the Ford Motor Company, DGR-Crosley and Deegan should spell a future of longevity and success for all parties involved. This is a much-needed statement from both Ford and NASCAR that Deegan will be one of the core-center pieces in shaping the growth of sport’s future. One thing is certain, all eyes will remain to be on the 18-year old talent as she continues her meteoric rise through NASCAR’s lower ranks.

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