Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 28, 2022) - Jordon Mallett's season got off to an ill start last weekend.
Mallett missed his scheduled season opener on Friday at I-30 Speedway because of an illness that got markedly worse throughout the day.
"I felt a little off on Friday morning and figured I might not have slept good," he said. "By later in the morning I got worse and broke out with a fever. Everything was spinning. I did not feel safe so about 2 o'clock they took me to an urgent care clinic. They had me go home, monitor the situation and then said go to the emergency room if it gets worse.
"To say it was a disappointment is an understatement. I worked so hard in the offseason to come out of the gate swinging. Fortunately I felt a little better on Saturday and we were able to go to the track."
Mallett kicked off the 2022 season a day late as he tackled the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour's Hammer Hill Showdown finale at I-30 Speedway on Saturday. He qualified fourth quickest in his group and placed third in a heat race to end up 16th in overall points, locking into the main event in the 16th starting position out of the nearly 50 drivers.
"Being under the weather on Saturday it was good to punch straight into the show with a good car count," he said. "I went off the old notes of what I thought the track would do during that 30-lap feature. I swung for one way and just missed it a little. I can pin it back to making two wrong calls. I was too gear bound and I just missed it. I felt we had a good enough car to run the top or the bottom. I kept expecting the track to come to us, but it never did."
Mallett battled around 15th for most of the race before ending 17th.
"It was a skating rink from top to bottom," he said. "To be honest, my mind wasn't in the best place after missing Friday and still being under the weather and I just made the wrong call. We were disappointed with not being able to claw our way forward. I would be ripping the curb on one end of the track. For everything I could make up there a few laps later I'd get shuffled back and lose what I had gained. It was an ebb and flow of gaining some spots and losing some throughout the race."
Mallett will be joining the ASCS National Tour this weekend at Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., for the Capital City Clash.
"I know we've ran on the podium there a few times and had some shots at winning races there," he said. "I think the track needs to come to us to have a successful weekend. It can sometimes be a flip of the coin. We do really well on nights when it gets racy. During the nights where it has one groove predominately better than the other we haven't shined as well. However, it's normally a technical kind of track and we enjoy racing there."
QUICK RESULTS -
March 26 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 3 (1); Feature: 17 (16).
SEASON STATS -
1 race, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 0 top 15s, 1 top 20
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., for the Capital City Clash with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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"It's super exciting to have them back," Mallett said. "With the pandemic, just like in racing, it slowed all of the live events down. We pressed pause and let everything settle back down. We're thrilled to welcome them back as the primary partner for our team. I look forward to having a lot of success together. They've been a great supporter of us and we're excited to welcome them back bigger and better than ever."
Mallett would like to thank Awakening Events, Porter Commercial Refrigeration, Water for Christ, Red River Rack Co., D&K Farms, DHR Suspension, Racing Optics, Triple X Race Co., KSE Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Sinco, Inc., Autometer, Callies Racing Products, Dynotech Race Engines, Hero Graphics, Hilborn Fuel Injection, ISC Racers Tape, K&N Engineering, Lone Star Super Gas (Sunoco), HRP Wings, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Smiley's Racing Products, MetTec Titanium, MotorState Distributing, DMI and Superior Bearing and Supply for their continued support.
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