Inside Line Promotions - MESQUITE, Texas (Oct. 21, 2020) - Jordon Mallett qualified for the feature during both nights of the 47th annual Winter Nationals last weekend when he put a stamp on the 2020 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
Mallett finished seventh on Friday and 17th during the Saturday night finale. The results locked up the sixth position in the ASCS National Tour championship standings, which is a three-spot improvement on last year's ninth-place finish.
"We had a decent weekend and it helped us secure sixth in the standings, which is a pretty cool deal," he said. "I'm kind of glad it's over and now we can now look toward 2021 and try to improve even more."
Mallett began Friday night by winning a heat race from the third position. That secured the third starting spot for the A Main. Mallett struggled with an ill-handling race car for the first half of the race and fell outside of the top 10 before rallying back for a seventh-place finish.
"We had a fast race car right off the trailer in the heat and for whatever reason we just struggled the first half of the feature," he said. "We rallied back forward, but it's a 25-lap race and we need to be good the entire time if we want to be contending for wins."
Mallett again showed speed early in the night on Saturday by finishing where he started - second - in a heat race and locking himself directly into the feature in the 11th starting position.
Mallett relied on his notebook for the feature setup, which was based on only a handful of career starts at the unique oval. However, he realized in the first handful of laps that he was lacking speed off the turns and he salvaged a 17th-place showing. The top-20 finish was the 18 th of the season for the Greenbrier, Ark., native.
"We were able to lock straight into the show from the heat race, which is always a good thing when you're not running B Mains," he said. "We needed more gear in the car to be able to get off the turns better in the A Main, but we now know what to do when track conditions change like that going forward."
Mallett was happy with the way his team was able to persevere to finish sixth in the standings despite the limited races this season because of COVID-19. With his team making the change to Triple X chassis for the 2020 season he wasn't sure how long the transition would take to be comfortable, especially with limited races to make it happen. However, Mallett credits the support system and quality of the equipment as a reason he was able to find success.
"We were able to go all season without any DNFs and completing laps is really the only way to learn and grow," he said. "In a year like this one it's important to feel comfortable and it's reassuring when you've got folks like Triple X willing to lend a hand or ear whenever needed. To finish sixth in our first year with them against the ASCS National Tour competition is nothing to be upset about by any means and I'm looking forward to more years running their stuff."
QUICK RESULTS -
Oct. 16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas - Heat race: 1 (3); Feature: 7 (3).
Oct. 17 - Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas - Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 17 (11).
SEASON STATS -
42 races, 1 win, 5 top fives, 12 top 10s, 14 top 15s, 18 top 20s
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"Mark and the entire team over at Triple X Race Co. have been a joy to work with and have quickly made us feel a part of their family," Mallett said. "They provide quality equipment that is safe, consistent and fast, and we're glad to have them on board with us."
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