WEST SALEM — While Ty Reedy made it look easy, it was far from it.
The 31-year-old Galesville man led the Tobacco Outlet Plus Late Model feature from start to finish Saturday night.
With a La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway crowd estimated at 4,000 looking on, Reedy dominated in winning his first career 25-lap Late Model feature.
What was more impressive is that he was never really threatened by this season’s big guns — Ty Majeski, Steve Carlson or Nick Panitzke.
“I was up on the wheel, man, because it didn’t handle very good tonight. I was a little loose in, a little tight in the center, and no drive off,” Reedy said of how his car handled.
“I stay pretty calm in there. Once I looked back with six to go and seen the lead I had, I kind of figured if I didn’t screw something up, I would be able to make it to the checkers.”
Reedy did just that, beating veteran Brent Kirchner and Majeski across the finish line. It was a sweet – and long anticipated victory – for Reedy, who was absent from the local racing scene for nearly five years while attending college in Colorado.
“I probably slowed down the last five laps just to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes,” Reedy said.
“The car was getting a little bit hard to handle, when I was pushing it with 10 to go, so I just slowed down to make sure I could keep it where it needed to be.
“It has been a long time coming.”
FLYING MAJESKI: Ty Majeski, a 22-year-old Seymour, Wis., man who is a Roush Fenway Racing development driver, had a rare weekend off from the numerous other series he races, including Xfinity.
So what did he do? He spent Saturday night racing at the Fairgrounds Speedway.
Majeski, the night’s fast qualifier in a 25-car field, was forced to start in the 14th spot due to the inversion, and wound up getting penned in behind several slower cars for a good part of the race. He was able to come on strong late in the 25-lap feature and grab a third-place finish.
“The deep invert, that was the bottom line. When they invert 14 cars in 25 laps, it is pretty unrealistic to get up through there, especially this year, when a lot more cars are at pace,” Majeski said. “It is easier for those cars up front to get out and that is what happened tonight.”
Majeski had moved into ninth place by Lap 11, into the top five by Lap 20, and swiped third place away from Mike Ehde by Lap 24.
In a race that went green to checkered, however, he ran out of laps before he could run down Brent Kirchner or race winner Ty Reedy.
“It is a lot of the same guys, but they just picked up their program a little bit and are now more competitive. That is good to see,” Majeski said of the field this season.
“It is just hard to go from 14th to first in only 25 laps, especially when it goes green.”
NOT THINKING XFINITY: Majeski, who made his Xfinity debut at the Iowa Speedway on June 24, then raced again in the series on July 29 – also at the Iowa Speedway — said he wasn’t thinking about Xfinity racing Saturday night.
“I am not thinking about the Xfinity car when I am racing against these guys. You’ve got to keep it separated and keep it focused on what you are doing that night,” Majeski said. “I can’t be thinking about that when I am racing elsewhere all the time.”
Majeski finished 34th in his first Xfinity race, completing 143 of 250 laps before an accident knocked him out. His second Xfinity race was much better, as he finished 16th, completing all 254 laps.
“We definitely didn’t get the results we wanted in either race, thought we had a car capable of some top 10 runs,” Majeski said, “but again the focus is here tonight.”
TRAILER RACE A HIT: The most popular novelty event of the season, the Trailer Race of Destruction, was a big hit again on Saturday night. A crowd estimated at 4,000 crammed the Speedway to watch cars and trucks pulling boats and travel trailers around the facility’s quarter-mile track.
There were a number of crowd-pleasing moments, and when it was all said and done, Speedway GM Chuck Deery and his staff a ton of debris – literally – to clean up.