Majeski Scores Opening PLM Victory



On Wednesday night, the MRolfeDesigns Pro Late Model Series took their turn at Richmond for their 2015 Summer Season opener, and 38 cars would show up for the 100 lap event.

In time trials, Ty Majeski set the fast time which would put him on the point for the Qualifying Dash which placed the top 8 cars in a short 8 lap heat race for bonus points. David Krikorian quickly moved into the lead in the Dash, but 6 laps into it he was forced to take his car to the pits early with some engine trouble, handing the lead over to Trey Jarrell. But it was Cody Kelley who made a last lap pass to take the Qualifying Dash win, but he would be inverted back to 8th to start the feature race, while Krikorian’s engine trouble would actually benefit him as he got inverted to start the race on the pole.

When the race got under way, Krikorian led the field to the green flag and had things under control early. Jarrell followed closely behind for the first portion of the race before Majeski decided it was time to head to the front. Majeski moved into 2nd on lap 39, and then at the half way point of the race he pulled up to the back bumper of Krikorian for the top spot, and was able to take the lead as they got back to the line on lap 51. From here on out, it was all Majeski as he controlled the final half of the race and went on to take the victory.

Behind Majeski, Bill Martin followed him up through into the 2nd spot, allowing him to challenge for the lead but would settle with a 2nd place finish. Ty Spearman ran inside the top five all night long, joining Majeski and Martin on the podium with a 3rd place finish. After a lap 3 incident, Casey Kelley had to work his way through the field after going all the way to the back of the 38 car field, and he slowly worked his way to the front taking over the 4th spot in the final laps of the race. Derek Robinson rounded out the top five after also coming from the back from an earlier incident.

Zach Knowles finished in the 6th spot in his first career race, followed by Evan Sorensen, Jarrell, Dale Owen, and Windell Stratton to complete the top ten. Just behind them finishing in the 13th position, Darren Daves was the biggest mover of the race (for the second time this week) by gaining 24 spots from his 37th starting spot to complete a good run.

But it was Majeski who took home the victory at the end of the night. By setting the fast time in time trials, Majeski was scored with his 38th career pole which brings him within 1 pole for tying the all-time leader in that category. His win was his 35th career SARA victory.