By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
A day removed from a heartbreaking loss in the Snowball Derby, Niece Motorsports announced Tuesday that rising star Ty Majeski will run the entire 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series schedule, replacing Ross Chastain in the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado.
Majeski is set to compete in his first full campaign on the NASCAR national tour after running 16 touring starts since 2017, all but one being in Xfinity for Roush Fenway Racing.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to race full time with Niece Motorsports,” Majeski said. “I’m appreciative of Al (Niece) and everyone at the team for giving me this opportunity. We’re looking to continue to build on what Ross (Chastain) and the team accomplished this year. We expect to be contending for wins and ultimately the championship.”
Chastain will move on to the Xfinity Series as he’ll drive for Kaulig Racing full-time after tearing up the competition in Trucks, scoring three wins, 10 top-fives, and finishing runner-up in the championship standings.
Team owner Al Niece mentioned that 2019 was a dream come true because nobody really expected his team to become title contenders overnight and is thrilled of having Majeski joining the team.
“No one expected us to be contending for a championship in Homestead – but there we were,” Niece said. “We’re confident that we can do the same next season. Ty is clearly extremely talented – he’s won in everything he’s driven. I’m excited to have him join the team full time. We’re looking forward to great things in 2020.”
Cody Efaw, General Manager for Niece Motorsports, commented that while Chastain has elevated the truck team, he believes Majeski can do the same in 2020.
“Ross is a wheelman, and his skill helped us to elevate our program and continue to build faster trucks,” Efaw said. “We’re really proud of everything we accomplished last season, and excited to continue to build on that with Ty. Any time you get a chance to put a driver like Ty or Ross in your trucks, you don’t pass that up. Ty is a tremendous talent and we are looking forward to a successful season with him.”
In his only Truck Series start to date, Majeski drove in the penultimate race at ISM Raceway, starting fifth and finishing 11th.
This was also the Seymour, Wisconsin native’s only NASCAR start of 2019 as he spent his racing season competing super late models and the ARCA Menards Series, where he won three times in six starts.