By Dustin Albino

Last year, Ty Majeski made the move to Ohio to work full time as an employee for ThorSport Racing. Fast forward one calendar year, and he’s one of two drivers to have top-10 finishes in each of the three Camping World Truck Series races to start the 2022 season.

Majeski kicked off the season in grand fashion, winning the pole at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 66 truck stayed in the lead pack for the majority of the event, leading 21 laps en route to a seventh-place result.

The No. 66 team backed up its Daytona performance two weeks later at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, earning stage points in both stages and finishing 10th.

And in the series’ most recent outing at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday (March 19), Majeski was a mainstay in the front, finishing second in the middle stage. Ultimately, he took the checkered flag in third position — his best career finish in the Truck Series.

“You really couldn‘t write it any better for us,” Majeski said of the start of his season. “I was with [ThorSport Racing] last year, but being full-time with a new team is always a learning curve. We‘ve started off on the right front, and we‘ll keep putting fast Toyotas up front and hopefully win one of these.”

Toyota has been fast, indeed. John Hunter Nemechek dominated at Daytona, leading nearly half the race. In Sin City, Kyle Busch Motorsports swept the top two positions, leading 86 of 134 laps. On Saturday, Corey Heim went to victory lane in his fifth career start for KBM, while all Toyotas combined to lead 68 circuits, including all four ThorSport entries spending time out front.

Getting another opportunity in the Truck Series — ThorSport didn’t announce Majeski would drive full time until one week before the 2022 season began — is all the Wisconsin native could have asked for.

“We win and lose as a team,” Majeski added. “We‘re in this together and it‘s been a joy so far.”

As for Saturday’s race at Atlanta, Majeski was pushing his ThorSport teammate Ben Rhodes to the checkered flag. It just wasn’t enough to pass Heim, who had help from Nemechek, playing prevent defense despite being two laps down.

Admittedly, Majeski prefers the old, worn out, grimy Atlanta asphalt where trucks would slide around. But this will do, given it’s his first top-five finish.

“It was wild,” he said of the race. “I think everybody got what they wanted. It was a good, exciting race and I hope everybody enjoyed it.”

The Truck Series heads to the Circuit of The Americas next week, where Paul Menard drove the No. 66 entry for ThorSport last season. Majeski was wearing his engineering hat.

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