Ty Majeski is grateful to have made it this far, but he's not slowing down anytime soon.
The 22-year-old from Seymour is arguably the hottest short-track driver in the country, winning late model races by the handful, and garnering national attention. He won the Oktoberfest 200 on Sunday to cap off a dominant weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, and clinched his third-straight ARCA Midwest Tour championship.
As he continues to turn heads, Majeski chooses to keep his own down.
"I watch tape of myself all the time, figuring out how I can better myself," he said after Sunday's win. "I think having that mentality is one of the reasons we've been able to stay on top for so long."
Majeski's career started with go-carts, then moved to stock cars in 2010. He advanced to super late models in 2012 and ARCA events in 2013.
In 2015, Majeski earned 19 wins in 56 starts, including a record 5 ARCA races. He also broke the track record at the Snowball Derby in Florida and was the inaugural Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program Champion.
In May, Majeski was named to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class, a selection of the top up-and-coming talent from around the world. Since its inception in 2011, 27 of the 35 drivers who have been selected as part of the program have gone on to compete in one of NASCAR's three national series. Nearly a third of those drivers have made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, with nine drivers winning a NASCAR national series race.
Majeski also signed a developmental deal with Roush Fenway Racing, a cornerstone organization within NASCAR, and home to Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, and Camping World Truck Series champion Greg Biffle.
Owner Jack Roush said Majeski also fits the mold of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and Cambridge, Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth.
"From an attitude point of view, from a skill point of view, from a motivation and ambition point of view, he lines up squarely behind the guys we've had success with," Roush said.
"He's won a ton of races in the late model division and I think he's ready to kind of step up and make that step," Stenhouse Jr. said. "It's cool to see that Jack is going to give him an opportunity the same way Jack gave me an opportunity to come in, race some ARCA trying to figure out these heavier, full-body stock cars. I think he's going to have a good career at it."
Majeski said his plans for 2017 are not finalized yet. He will compete at the ARCA night race at Kansas Speedway on Friday night, and then look to defend his win at the Governor's Cup in New Smyrna, Florida and race at the Snowball Derby to end 2016.