The GM Parts XPerts Pro Late Model Series closed out their Summer Season a couple weeks ago with Ty Majeski capping off a dominating season with another championship.
Heading into the Week 9 race at USA, Majeski led by just 13 points over Hunter Combs, but when Combs was unable to make the final pair of races, it left Majeski in charge. Majeski started off by picking up the pole at USA, and then charged up after the invert to take the Dash win as well.
Dylan Schriner was inverted to the front of the field for the green flag and led early until Windell Stratton took over on lap 15. But when Stratton moved up, he brought Majeski up with him right on his bumper and shortly after a lap 22 restart, Majeski would make his move to the low side and would take over the lead. When the field all pitted for tires on lap 57, Majeski would win the race off of pit road, and from there he would go on to lead the remainder of the race. He would come around to pick up his 6th win of the season, and the win would also clinch the Triple Crown championship for him with a perfect score of 3.
With the victory, Majeski mathematically clinched the overall championship as well, as long as he attempted to qualify at South Boston. He would do more than just attempt to qualify, he would go on to pick up his 7th pole of the Pro Late Model season, and the 81st pole of his SARA career. He would end up being inverted back to 7th for the start of the race, while Matt Eddy was inverted to the front of the field
After the restart, Stratton continued to lead but Joe Schaffer and Majeski would settle in behind him into the top three as the next run continued. Schaffer would run within a car length of Stratton, with Majeski a few car lengths back, until lap 27 when Stratton would leave the door open for Schaffer to take over the lead on lap 28, with Majeski following him up through into 2nd. The top two would pull away from Stratton, running a car length apart for the lead up until the next yellow on Lap 42.
Things remained the same at the front of the field up until lap 64 when Majeski peeked a nose to the inside of Schaffer but the outside would hold the advantage. But another attempt just two laps later would end with Majeski prevailing to take over the lead.
The green flag run would continue past lap 100 as Majeski slowly began to pull away out front. However as he made his way through lapped traffic, a lapped car would lose control and began to come to a stop directly in front of the leader, leaving Majeski no where to go as he would get collected in the wreck, ending his night early.
After the wreck, most of the field headed down pit road to get new tires, while Matt Rolfe and Scott Dunlap stayed out on old tires to make up the front row. But it didn’t take long for fresh tires to move to the front, as the first car on new rubber, Tim Bills made his way by into the lead. From here, the race would go green the rest of the way.
Bills would begin to pull away during the final run, extending the lead out to over a second at one point as he worked his way toward the checkered flag. The gap shrunk in the closing laps, but it was too late as Bills would come around to lead the field back to the finish line, picking up the victory. The win was his third of the week, winning in the SK Modified and Street Stock finales as well, and was also his 9th career SARA victory.
Behind the winner, Schaffer would hang on to finish in the runner-up spot, while Scott Dunlap, Ian Layne, and Eric Block rounded out the top five.
Despite getting wrecked out of the lead, Majeski had already clinched the championship after qualifying and would end the night as the GM Parts XPerts Pro Late Model champion. The title for him would be his 3rd career SARA championship. Majeski’s championship season consisted of 9 starts, 7 poles, 6 wins, 6 top fives, 6 top tens, and 355 laps led.
Majeski also picked up the Qualifying Dash championship to go along with the Triple Crown title he earned at USA. Evan Osborne was crowned as the Rookie of the Season after running in just 7 races, scoring 53 of a possible 80 rookie points.