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Majchrzak heads into the ‘Fall Shootout’

Daniel Majchrzak will compete in this weekend’s two-day “Fall Shootout” at Wyoming County International Speedway hoping to capture points titles in two classes.

The Fall Shootout, which runs Saturday and Sunday, is the track’s biggest event.

“To win the SST Modified 100 and get the SST championship, get a spot in the asphalt Modified American 100 and win both the Super Stock race on Saturday and Sunday would be the perfect scenario,” Majchrzak said. “And also to bring both cars home in one piece would be the ultimate.”

Majchrzak controls his own destiny in the SST Modified points battle but it is a different story in the Super Stocks. He has to do well and hope that fellow competitors Dave Krawczyk and Cassie Logsdon encounter misfortune. The odds are stacked against him there. Krawczyk is as good a driver as there is in Western New York and has amassed eight Super Stock victories this season at Wyoming.

In the SST Modifieds, Majchrzak leads Timmy Lewis Jr. by 34 markers into the double-point finale. Majchrzak has one SST Modified win to his credit this season at the track.

In the weekly Super Stock class, Majchrzak is winless. Krawczyk leads with 785 points followed by Logsdon with 727. Majchrzak rests third, with 718. Sunday’s 50-lap Super Stock season finale will also offer drivers double points.

Prior to the Super Stock affair, Majchrzak and his fellow Super Stock drivers will compete Saturday in the New York State Super Stock Sandy Vogler Memorial 51, which will award NYSS points and not WCIS.

With a victory in the SST Modified 100, Majchrzak can lock up the title and gain an automatic berth into Sunday’s asphalt Modified American 100 at Wyoming.

“That’s big to be able to win the SST Modified 100 and then run the American 100 on Sunday, which I would do,” Majchrzak said. “I would just change from the 10-inch American Racer tires that I run on Saturday to the 15-inch American Racer tires for the American 100 on Sunday plus do a few other mechanical changes. I’d be all set to be out there with Chuck Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling and all the top Modified guys on Sunday.”

Majchrzak grew up watching his father race through the years.

The 21-year-old Perry resident is the grandson and son respectively of WCIS co-owners James E. Majchrzak and James J. Majchrzak.

“When my dad raced I was in a car seat in the grandstands,” said Daniel, who started his own career at the track in the Mini-Cup division 11 years ago.

“I would sleep there during the races. I mean my mom (Polly Majchrzak) would tell me stories that I was completely passed out during the races so from the sounds, to anything that was going on, it’s been ingrained into my mind since Day One.”

Over recent times, Daniel’s racing opportunities have been limited by his military career.

“Over the last two years, I’ve been away training with the Air Force in either Texas or Mississippi,” he said. “It held up my chances for racing as I was away in 2014 and 2015. I could only run a handful of events during those years. I’m still serving in the Air Force and now I’m racing every Saturday at Wyoming County.”

Daniel currently owns both his SST Modified and Super Stock machines.

“This year has been a major stepping stone in the SST Modifieds for me and my crew and it’s been a lot of late nights in the garage,” he said. “Dad helped recondition my cars all year long and we had in-house practice sessions. After that everything became theory and documenting what we did and talking about it and deciding which direction to go with the car and whether it felt better or worse. Driver Troy Williams has been a tremendous asset to us.

“On the other hand, the way we’ve gone about it is that the Super Stock was more about just having fun. There’s also a lot riding on my shoulders this weekend at the “Fall Shootout” so we’ll see how it goes.”

The “Fall Shootout” schedule includes the SST Modified 100, Sandy Vogler Memorial 51 and the 4-Cylinder 40 at 1 p.m. Saturday. Madalyn Virts leads Jimmy Pierce, 760-733 in 4-Cylinder points.

Sunday features the $10,000-to-win American 100, Super Stock 50 and Legend Cars at 1 p.m.

Super Dirt Week

Super DIRT Week XLV hits the dirt-covered Oswego Speedway this week. Action heats up Thursday with 358 Modified and Big-Block Modified time trials at 1:20 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Friday Sportsman time trials are at 12:35 p.m., followed by 358 Modified Twin 25’s, Sportsman 15 and Big-Block Modified Triple 20’s all commencing at 7 p.m.

Competition continues Saturday with the 358 Modified “Salute To The Troops” 150 at 2 p.m. Sunday’s final day includes the Sportsman 75 at 11 a.m. followed by the Pro Stock 50 at noon. Super DIRT Week concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday when the green flag flies in the Big-Block Modified Bud Light 300.

Trans-Am remembered

The International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen will feature a free conversation series on the history of the Trans-Am Series at 1 p.m. Oct. 22. Panelists will include four-time Trans-Am champion Tommy Kendall, Trans-Am standout driver Butch Leitzinger, former Penske crew chief Chuck Cantwell, former Penske chief engineer Don Cox and former Penske chief mechanic John “Woody” Woodard, among others. The center is located at 610 S.Decatur St. in Watkins Glen.

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