Ty Majeski scored his second win in the Round of 8 with a dominating performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Majeski was up front all race, leading 67 of the 134 laps en route to victory.
The win gives him critical momentum heading into the championship race at Phoenix, as he takes on reigning champion Ben Rhodes, Chandler Smith, and Zane Smith in the title hunt.
“We were just letting it all hang out there,” Majeski said. “This place is so much fun. Obviously, it makes it more fun when you have a truck like that.”
“We didn’t make many changes on our Road Ranger Tundra at all,” he added. “Just a little air pressure. This Tundra was really, really good off of the truck.”
As for winning a championship, Majeski said: “We are plenty capable of doing it. We proved it two of the last three races, and we are going to go give it our best shot. I’m so happy to be here and so proud to making the most of this opportunity.”
The win also earned Toyota their thirteenth Truck Series Manufacturer’s Championship with a race still to go. Three of the championship four drivers – Majeski, Rhodes, and Chandler Smith – all drive Toyota Tundras, and Toyota set a series record with seven of the ten drivers racing in the Playoffs all driving for the brand.
“It has been another exceptional season for our Truck Series organizations,” said Paul Doleshal, motorsports manager at Toyota North America. “The efforts by all of our drivers, teams and TRD has allowed us to have another consistent season with record-breaking success for the Tundra. We are excited to celebrate this accomplishment and remain focused on earning a driver’s title in Phoenix.”
Zane Smith, who ran up front all day and won Stage 2, finished second. Stewart Friesen, Ryan Preece, and Corey Heim rounded out the top five.
Defending champion Ben Rhodes dominated early, winning Stage 1 after leading every lap, but had to settle for a sixth-place finish. He was happy with the result, though, and said his championship hopes remain strong after some Playoff inconsistency.
“I think it’s going to be tough. I think Ty Majeski is going to be the guy to beat. Phoenix I would categorize as a place that’s in their wheelhouse. We just have to be consistent, and we have to work on that. So far, so good. I’m thrilled with the last two races.”
The four drivers eliminated were John Hunter Nemechek, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, and Christian Eckes. Both Nemechek and Enfinger had trouble. Nemechek got into the wall and Enfinger cut down a tire, forcing both down pit road and costing valuable points.
Just made a mistake on my end. Was pushing the issue probably a little too hard. Ultimately pushed it a little too hard, hit the fence again and had the right front go flat. Came in, pitted and ended up not clearing tires good enough and had another tire go down and had to pit again. It’s on me.”
The Camping World Truck Series returns for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway on November 4th.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Results Baptist Health 200
Saturday, October 22, 2022
1. (18) Ty Majeski (P), Toyota, 134.
2. (6) Zane Smith (P), Ford, 134.
3. (9) Stewart Friesen (P), Toyota, 134.
4. (1) Ryan Preece (P), Ford, 134.
5. (19) Corey Heim # (P), Toyota, 134.
6. (2) Ben Rhodes (P), Toyota, 134.
7. (5) Christian Eckes (P), Toyota, 134.
8. (20) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 134.
9. (8) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 134.
10. (4) Chandler Smith (P), Toyota, 134.
11. (11) Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 133.
12. (22) Carson Hocevar, Chevrolet, 133.
13. (14) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, 133.
14. (23) Grant Enfinger (P), Chevrolet, 133.
15. (12) Derek Kraus, Chevrolet, 133.
16. (10) Chase Purdy, Toyota, 133.
17. (7) Hailie Deegan, Ford, 133.
18. (16) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 133.
19. (3) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, 133.
20. (21) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 133.
21. (31) Max Gutierrez, Chevrolet, 133.
22. (26) Blaine Perkins #, Chevrolet, 132.
23. (27) Dean Thompson #, Chevrolet, 132.
24. (35) Brennan Poole, Toyota, 132.
25. (25) Tanner Gray, Ford, 132.
26. (29) Stefan Parsons, Chevrolet, 132.
27. (15) Kaden Honeycutt, Toyota, 132.
28. (33) Nick Leitz, Chevrolet, 131.
29. (36) Tyler Hill, Toyota, 131.
30. (30) Chad Chastain, Chevrolet, 131.
31. (24) Jack Wood #, Chevrolet, 130.
32. (34) Mason Maggio, Toyota, 129.
33. (17) Bret Holmes, Chevrolet, 129.
34. (28) Lawless Alan #, Chevrolet, 129.
35. (13) John Hunter Nemechek (P), Toyota, 128.
36. (32) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, Brakes, 124.
Average Speed of Race Winner: 133.137 mph.
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 30 Mins, 35 Secs. Margin of Victory: 4.524 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 2 for 10 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Rhodes (P) 1-32;Z. Smith (P) 33-36;B. Rhodes (P) 37-41;Z. Smith (P) 42-63;R. Preece (P) 64-65;T. Majeski (P) 66-99;T. Hill 100-101;T. Majeski (P) 102-134.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Ty Majeski (P) 2 times for 67 laps; Ben Rhodes (P) 2 times for 37 laps; Zane Smith (P) 2 times for 26 laps; Timmy Hill 1 time for 2 laps; Ryan Preece (P) 1 time for 2 laps.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 99,38,52,66,23,98,18,88,75,17
Stage #2 Top Ten: 38,66,17,52,99,98,23,91,51,18
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