Majestic domination at Rattler 250
In near perfect fashion, Ty Majeski took the checkered flag Sunday afternoon at the South Alabama Speedway in the 40th annual Rattler 250.
The Rattler 250 was the opening race of the 2016 Southern Super Series, and Majeski led nearly the entire race.
Bubba Pollard got the start on the pole, but William Byron made a quick move on the opening lap to take the lead.
On lap six, Logan Boyett lost control coming out of turn two and collided with the infield wall, bringing out the first caution flag of the day.
On the restart, Majeski rifled past Byron and into first place.
There wasn’t much challenge on Majeski for the remainder of the race.
Brandon Odom brought out the second caution flag when he slammed into the wall coming out of turn two.
Majeski had another strong restart that helped him build a large lead at the 10-minute break at lap-100.
Majeski got his biggest challenge after the restart when Christian Eckes overtook Casey Smith for second.
Around lap-130, Kyle Plott got into Stephen Nasse causing the front of Pollard’s car to eat into the back end of Nasse’s car. Pollard’s front right was nearly ripped off forcing him to exit the race early.
Eckes remained on Majeski’s bumper for a little while, but with a long green-flag run, Majeski’s car was just too strong for any other driver to hang with. At the 200-lap break, Majeski had once again built a large gap between him and second place.
At the restart, Majeski hammered the throttle and quickly put three or four car lengths between him and Christopher Bell, who passed Eckes for second on the restart.
Majeski held off the field the remaining 50 laps to earn a spot in Victory Lane as the 2016 Rattler 250 Champion.
Bell, Eckes, Byron and Quin Houff rounded out the top-five.
Houff was involved in a crash earlier in the race, but after grabbing a free pass on the lap-100 restart, he pushed his was up to a top-five finish. Houff passed Harrison Burton on the final lap for fifth place.
Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton.
“It’s not too often you get a racecar like that,” Majeski said after the race. “I just tried to do the best that I could. I just needed to hit my restarts and make sure I hit my spots the corners.”
Majeski is a 21-year-old driver from Wisconsin and has made a lot of noise on the circuit recently.
Majeski set a qualifying record for the “Snowball Derby” in Pensacola.