Majeski earns dominant win at Homestead
Ty Majeski picked up a dominating win as the Wisconsin native led 67 of 134 laps and earned his second win in the last three events to keep his momentum heading into Championship 4 in Phoenix. He will be joined by fellow Toyota drivers Ben Rhodes, who finished sixth, and Chandler Smith, who was scored in tenth. Rhodes, who is the defending champion, is entering his second straight 4 championship, while Smith and Majeski are in their first championship battle.
Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race 22 of 23 – 134 laps, 201 miles
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITION
1st, TY MAJESKI
2nd, Zane Smith*
3rd, STEWART FRIESEN
4th, Ryan Preece*
5th, COREY HEIM
6th, BEN RHODES
7th, CHRISTIAN ECKES
8th, MATT CRAFTON
9th, PARKER KLIGERMAN
10th, CHANDLER SMITH
11th, TYLER ANKRUM
16, CHASE PURDY
20th, TIMMY HILL
24, BRENNAN POOLE
27, KADEN HONEYCUTT
29, TYLER HILL
32nd, MASON MAGGIO
35th, JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK
TY MAJESKI, No. 66 Road Ranger Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, ThorSport Racing
Final position: 1st
How about this race today?
“We left everything lying around there. This place is so much fun. This racing track is just badass, so much fun to race. Obviously it’s more fun when you have a truck like that. I’m so proud of Joe (Shear, Jr., crew chief), everyone at ThorSport – Duke, Rhonda, Allison (Thorson, crew owners) for letting us live our dreams. We all make our living racing and that’s pretty cool. I love doing this. I am so happy to be here and so proud to make the most of this opportunity.
Did you have to do a lot on this truck?
“No, we haven’t made many changes to our Road Ranger Tundra. Just a little air pressure. This Tundra was really, really good out of the truck. We have made minimal changes. Joe (Shear, Jr., crew chief) did a great job. It’s cool. I can’t get much more momentum going into Phoenix chasing a championship. This is our goal. We are quite capable of doing that. We’ve proven that in two of the last three races, and we’re going to do our best.”
BEN RHODES, No. 99 Kubota Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, ThorSport Racing
Final position: 6th
How did you experience the last laps as you fought for the final position to win the championship?
“I’m fighting with my teammate there for the last few laps and every place counts. We came in one point from what I understand. I’m just really, really happy that we had a good performance for this Kubota Toyota Tundra People came for this race and they got to stand in the pits and see it all Really glad they could have an intense race for them give them some excitement but man , I wish it was easier. Seemed harder than it should have. And I’m really happy to be able to defend the title. It’s been a season of ups and downs and we’re not the best at the mile and a half, but we made giant strides here. We managed to win the first stage and finish fifth in the second. Then when we had that bad pit stop and came back to 15th, I was sweating like I knew I had a lot of work to do. I just didn’t know it was going to be that hard. »
What will it take to defend your championship?
“I think it’s going to be tough. I think Ty Majeski is going to be the guy to beat. He and Joe Shear (crew chief) figured it out on those slick tracks. I would classify Phoenix as a place that is in their wheelhouse. So maybe we’ll take some notes from them and we’ll work on our own schedule. We just have to be consistent and we have to work on that. So far, so good. I’m delighted with the last two races, and we really changed everything and came back.
Chandler Smith, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Final position: 10th
What does it mean to know you can compete for the championship in Phoenix?
“That’s what we’ve been working on since we had a cushion after Talladega. I’m just starting to work on some Phoenix stuff. We have been working on things for this race. We knew we had to have a strong truck and not just completely go our way and we wanted to come here and try to win. But we missed it here today. But that being said, we are all focused on racing for a championship and I’m happy about that. Just being here with my Safelite KBM group, it’s great to have the opportunity to go racing for a championship. I don’t know if I can do that again in my career. So really, really grateful for this opportunity. I’m just super blessed right now and feeling humbled.
Are you one of the favorites with Ty Majeski for the championship?
“I’ll let that be up to you guys. I think it should go to Phoenix. We were good there last year, good the year before and the year before. So, I feel like it’s a track that I like. I feel like we have a really good package there obviously with what we did last year. Ultimately, we are racing for a championship. We’ve come this far and we have a lot to be proud of this season, no matter how you look at it.
JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Final position: 35th
What happened that put you out of contention to make the final four to challenge for the championship in Phoenix?
“I just made a mistake on my end. I got dirty behind 52 (Stewart Friesen) at the start of the stage and hit the fence and just tried to make up time and pushed the problem probably a little too hard. In the end I pushed him a little too hard, hit the fence again and the right front went flat. I went in, dived and ended up not cleaning the tires well enough and had another tire fall off and had to come back to the pits. Then I had to play pit strategy and after that it was just damage control. It’s on me. It’s really frustrating for me not to qualify for the last four, but I still have a few races left to try to win.