Ty Majeski Opens Up on Winning the 2020 Snowball Derby

Published 12/07/2020, 11:44 PM EST
Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver Zane Smith (left) races alongside Sheldon Creed during the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020 Snowball Derby has officially concluded with Ty Majeski reaching Victory Lane. Following the triumph, he spoke about the feeling of winning the Derby for the first time in his career.

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He acknowledged that he always does a victory lap when he wins. He said, “It’s huge, I mean, especially for a guy like me trying to make a name for himself. Establish himself in the sport and the upper levels of NASCAR. A Derby win is huge for anybody’s career. I don’t care how old you are. Any time you go to this race, and everyone’s got their eye on it.”

The 26-year-old was quite experienced in terms of the Derby. In six starts, he led 330 career laps and finished on the podium three times. The closest he got to Victory Lane was in 2018, behind Noah Gragson, who missed this year’s Derby.

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How did Ty Majeski win the Snowball Derby?

On the final restart, Majeski found himself in the lead, ahead of pole-sitter Derek Thorn. The duo went at it hammer and tongs in the final few laps until Ty Majeski stuck his car into the lead and kept it until the end. With that, he took his maiden Snowball Derby victory ahead of Thorn and Cup Series champion Chase Elliott.

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It is worth noting that he dove around the outside of Thorn’s car on lap 277. The best part was that he pulled it off before the competition caution flag waved. To make matters even better, it was the final caution, so he just had to defend his position for the final 25 laps.

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