The two NASCAR drivers agreed to disagree following a lengthy conversation after the crash at Kansas Speedway
On Saturday night, the NASCAR Truck Series raced on the 1.5-mile of Kansas Speedway. The race had a bit of drama as Rajah Caruth and Ty Majeski crashed while battling inside the top-5.
Watch the Rajah Caruth and Ty Majeski crash video below.
With 63 laps to go, Rajah Caruth slid Ty Majeski for the 3rd position into turn three. He cleared him by two car lengths but Majeski had predicted the move.
Caruth sacrificed corner exit speed with the slider. Majeski had the momentum off turn four.
Majeski looked to the inside off turn four, Caruth blocked slightly, pinching his exit. He then turned right and was working to the outside of Caruth.
He had a few inches on his right rear but Caruth was already coming up to block. Caruth hooked himself into the outside wall.
Kevin Harvick stated from the Fox broadcast booth, “You’re here to learn and make mistakes. I think as he goes back and looks at this particular situation, he’s probably going to say, ‘Man, I should have just been more patient right there and gave myself a chance to win later in the race.’ But you know what? A 4th or a 5th isn’t bad either.”
After the crash, Caruth’s machine went to the garage on the hook. Majeski was able to make major repairs and finish the race.
However, Caruth didn’t leave the track. He waited for the race to finish and then he found Majeski on the pit lane. The two drivers had a lengthy conversation…
Ty Majeski comments
“I thought he made a double-move,” 28-year-old Ty Majeski told Bob Pockrass.
“He did a slide-job on me off four, which was fine, he was plenty clear. And, I was fine with crossing him over and going bottom.”
“He came off the wall and blocked me bottom. Then, I went top. I was there or had a run to be there.”
“Obviously, we went wrecking.”
Majeski details the conversation after the race
“We pretty much agreed to disagree. He didn’t think he did anything wrong, which is fine.”
“I’ve been through some former opportunities where I was super aggressive. Maybe trying to take equipment that was good enough for 13th that day and trying to run 7th with it.”
Majeski currently drives for ThorSport Racing. He previously drove for Roush-Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Niece Motorsports in the Truck Series.
“I wrecked a lot of stuff in my career. Rajah’s a good kid and he’s got a lot of talent. That’s the message I was trying to get across to him, just finish these things.”
“Without any proof, I think that was his best run, to-date. If it’s 5th that day, finish 5th.”
“I just felt that was a little too aggressive, blocking at that point in the race.”
“I’m not mad at him. Part of me blames myself, I should have probably known better looking at how he was racing me the previous 2-3 laps. At the same time, I thought I had a truck capable of winning.”
He added, “It’s hard to just lift for a guy when I thought I was better than him at that point. I wish I would’ve lifted for him but at the same time he was being ultra aggressive.”
Rajah Caruth comments
“It was really close and we had a long way to go,” 20-year-old Rajah Caruth stated as he was watching the replay for the first time.
“Oh yeah, he just kinda hooked me there. Good to know, I didn’t double-move or anything.”
“I’m a guy that hates blocking, usually but I felt like I picked the top because I knew he was going to fake me left to get to my right side,” Rajah Caruth added later.
“I felt like I picked it. I didn’t move a second time and he just turned left there.”
“That stinks because I cut guys breaks when they do that, all the time. First chance he got, I kinda got hooked.”
“I feel really bad for my team, they work so hard.”
Kansas Race Results: May 6, 2023 (NASCAR Truck Series)