Inside Line Promotions - WHEATLAND, Mo. (Sept. 22, 2020) - Jordon Mallett scored a pair of top-five finishes as well as a seventh-place result during the 10th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial hosted by Lucas Oil Speedway last weekend.
"The goal was to not have to run a B Main all weekend and if we did our job we'd get locked into Saturday's show," he said. "With around 80 cars there all week I think our average finish was around four so I'm definitely pleased and it was a great points weekend, too."
Mallett kicked off the three-race Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour weekend at the 'Diamond of Dirt Tracks' on Thursday by advancing four positions in a heat race to finish fifth. He then won a qualifier from third to lock himself into the feature in the eighth starting spot.
Hugging the bottom of the track, Mallett advanced to the fifth position on the opening lap of the feature. He then capitalized in traffic to work his way forward to the runner-up position on Lap 16.
Over the final nine circuits he erased more than a two-second deficit and pulled under the leader entering turn one on the final lap. The two made slight contact exiting turn two and Mallett had to get out of throttle to avoid a wreck before settling for second. The finish was a career best for Mallett with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
"Second place is always a good run, but it's about the worst place to finish as you know you just missed a win," he said. "I could've pushed the envelope a bit, but with two more nights of racing I didn't want to junk two good race cars knowing what was at stake all weekend."
Mallett duplicated Thursday night's performance on Friday when he advanced four positions to end fifth in a heat race and won a qualifier from the third starting spot. He lined up for the feature on the outside of the second row and he finished fifth on a tricky track that proved tough to pass on.
The top-five run was the Greenbrier, Ark., native's 12th of the season. More importantly, after two nights of racing Mallett sat third in points to lock himself straight into the Saturday night finale - worth $10,000 to win.
"This weekend we proved that if the race track is good, you can overcome pill draw with determination and hard work," he said. "We pretty much duplicated Thursday night and that's exactly what we were looking for in terms of consistency and success. To know leaving Friday night we were already locked in and didn't have to worry about racing our way in was a big relief and it allowed us to just focus on racing for a win."
Mallett, who started the finale third, jumped to second on the initial start, but it got called back. He was not as fortunate on the second attempt and fell to fourth. Mallett stayed in the top five for most of the race before slipping to seventh in traffic. He ended in that position to post his 15th top 10 of the season.
"We pretty much ran anywhere from third to eighth all feature long and I wish we had that first start back," he said. "The track was challenging and a lot of guys were not as lucky as us to escape with a top-10 finish so we're leaving with our heads held high and pleased."
Mallett will take the week off before returning to action Oct. 2-3 for the 33rd annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. He enters the weekend sitting fifth in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour standings and only trails second by 99 points.
"I'm trying really hard to put the points deal in the back of my mind and to just focus on running well and contending for wins," he said. "Honestly, I'm more focused on the future than anything and getting my program right to where we can contend every night and feel comfortable each time out. If we run like I feel we're capable of the points deal will take care of itself."
QUICK RESULTS -
Sept. 17 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Heat race: 5 (9); Qualifier: 1 (3); Feature: 2 (8).
Sept. 18 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Heat race: 5 (9); Qualifier: 1 (3); Feature: 5 (4).
Sept. 19 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Feature: 7 (3).
SEASON STATS -
27 races, 0 wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s, 21 top 15s, 24 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Oct. 2-3 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., for the 33rd annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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"Water for Christ goes to Africa and other third-world countries to drill fresh-water wells where there is no access to fresh or clean water," Mallett said. "We're trying to raise awareness so they can continue to do what they do and hopefully on a larger scale."
Mallett would like to thank Triple X Chassis, Awakening Events, Dynotech Race Engines, Racing Optics, Porter Commerial Refrigeration, KSE Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, DHR Suspension, Sinco, Inc., D&K Farms, Autometer, Callies Racing Products, Red River Rack Company, Dickerson Marine Services, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Hero Graphics, Hilborn Fuel Injection, ISC Racers Tape, K&N Engineering, Lone Star Super Gas (Sunoco), Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Smiley's Racing Products, MetTec Titanium, Triple X Race Co., MotorState Distributing and Superior Bearing and Supply for their continued support.
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