Majeski Hangs On for IRP Victory



Last night the Sportsman Street Stock Series rolled into Lucas Oil Raceway for their week 6 event, where 18 drivers would bring their cars out for competition. In qualifying, Ty Majeski soared to the top of the charts and grabbed the pole position with a lap time of 25.423 seconds, just ahead of Tim Bills in 2nd. Going into the night, Stan Bragg held the points lead but with him missing the race, it opened the door for someone else to grab the top spot.

Majeski would lead the field to the green flag, but an early incident near the back of the pack would slow the field back down for a caution. But at the start, Bill Martin got the jump and moved into the 2nd spot over Bills, Cody Kelley, and Matt Rolfe in the early top 5. When the field got back underway, Majeski got the jump out front again before another caution would slow the pace once again. On the 3rd restart on lap 11, Majeski pulled out to the lead while the rest of the field finally got some green flag racing in to battle it out. The lead grew to nearly 1 second, while the drivers in 2nd to 4th all remained nose to tail, but none of them were able to make a move, while Rolfe was still trailing a little ways behind them still in the top 5. In the rest of the top 10, TJ Graves held the 6th spot while behind him Dale Owen was holding off Justin Brooks, with Todd Sipe and Ryan Borges behind them. The next caution would come out as Brooks and Owen would make contact sending Owen around, which also collected Sipe and moved them to the back of the pack.

With the lap 20 caution, much of the field would head down pit road to take on new tires, but it was Kevin Myers who decided to stay out and took over the top spot after an earlier incident. Majeski came out of the pits in 2nd, followed by Martin, Rolfe, and Kelley. But it didn’t take long for Majeski to regain the lead as he got a nose ahead of Myers when the next caution came out, giving Majeski the top spot for the next restart. He used that to jump out to the lead, while the rest of the drivers behind him were battling for spots in the top 5. Rolfe was able to get by Martin for 3rd after a hard side-by-side battle, and then set his sights on the 2nd spot. Then Martin would have his hands full as he tried to hold off Brooks, before the next caution came out on lap 41.

Throughout the first half of the race, despite some cautions, there were plenty of green flag laps being run, but the field would have a hard time doing the same thing in the 2nd half of the race as the cautions continued without any major runs through the end of the race.

This allowed Majeski to hang onto the lead, and would bring the field around to the checkered flag after the final caution to pick up his 2nd Street Stock win of the season, and also his 18th career SARA win. Rolfe was able to get up to the 2nd spot but wasn’t able to mount a charge for the lead, while Martin settled back into 3rd. Myers slipped to 4th late in the race, with Brooks making a couple of charges to get back up into the top 5 for a 5th place finish.

1. Ty Majeski
2. Matt Rolfe
3. Bill Martin
4. Kevin Myers
5. Justin Brooks
6. Ryan Borges
7. Cody Kelley
8. Ken Belanger
9. Mike Whited
10. Jeff Hoggard
11. Jacob Beauchesne
12. Dan Shorter
13. Kyle Wood
14. Dale Owen
15. Dustin Burns
16. Todd Sipe
17. TJ Graves
18. Tim Bills

TJ Graves – Retaliation – EOL in results + 50 point penalty + 2 Week Suspension (through week 7 races)
Tim Bills – Aggressive Driving + Retaliation – EOL in results + 50 point penalty + 2 Week Suspension (through week 7 races)
Dustin Burns – Aggressive Driving – Warning

Next week the series will head to Iowa for 60-lap race in week #7 as they start the 2nd half of their season.

With the 5th place finish, and the points leader missing the race, Justin Brooks moves up into the top spot in the standings with a 26-point lead. For the full results and standings, click HERE.