WEST SALEM — Ty Majeski has raced on tracks all over the country. From the sunny-soaked asphalt in Florida to the Hoosier ovals in Indiana, the 20-year-old driver out of Seymour, Wis., has seen plenty of courses.
But there’s just something about the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway that keeps Majeski coming back.
“When I started racing here, I started having a bunch of success racing with this team,” Majeski said during practice for Friday night’s TUNDRA Super Late Models races at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. “I originally started racing (at Wisconsin International Speedway in Kaukauna, Wis.) but this is definitely where I started to have success.
“This is definitely one of my favorite race tracks. … It’s got some character to it. Definitely a unique way to get around it — it’s got a very unique line — I like racing here. … It’s real abrasive. Probably one of the more abrasive tracks we go to … and that’s definitely one of the things I’m good at.”
One of many areas the young star shines in.
He’s coming off a historic season on the ARCA Midwest Tour, where he became the youngest points champion and the only driver to ever win Rookie of the Year and the tour championship in the same season.
However, if there’s one thing that Majeski has learned in his 11 years of competitive racing, it’s to never be satisfied.
Starting as a 9-year-old orbiting the track in a go-kart at the Hi-Go Raceway in Cecil, Wis., Majeski always kept his eyes on a higher prize.
It led to his first win, which came on his 10th birthday, and paved the way for him to compete in the National Go-Kart circuit where he captured four national championships.
At age 15, he graduated to stock cars, and from then on, he’s been one of the fastest-rising racers in the area.
“The last guy I saw like this was Mark Martin,” Fairgrounds Speedway manager Chuck Deery said. “When I knew (Martin), he was a 16-year-old or 17-year-old, and he had the same drive and talent.”
There’s still plenty to be done before Majeski can compare careers with the two-time NASCAR All-Star and 2015 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee, but he’s well on his way.
Majeski is driving in four circuits this summer, including about a part-time schedule at the Fairgrounds Speedway. Majeski is defending his crown in the ARCA Midwest Tour, while also competing in the TUNDRA Series, the Red, White and Blue Series (three-race series in Kaukauna) and the Madison Triple Crown (three-race series in Madison).
“We had a really good year last year, but I think this year has been even better,” Majeski said. “We had a brand new car last year — kind of untested — and throughout the season we got better. (This year) we’ve kind of picked up where we left off. We’re still continuing to get better, and that’s the biggest thing you can have to do in this sport. You have to stay ahead of the curve.”
Majeski has seven feature wins this season, including two in the ARCA Midwest Tour series, where he holds a 57-point lead over rookie Austin Nason.
“Before last season, I had success but not a ton of success, but I think throughout last season and the beginning of this season we’re beginning to prove ourselves,” Majeski said. “Everybody’s worried about the No. 91 (Majeski’s) car when they show up at the race track. We’re always one of the contenders. … I definitely think we’ve established ourselves as a front contender.”
It’s been a memorable couple of seasons for the young driver, but there’s still plenty of memories to be made.