BILLINGS, Mont. – Jordon Mallett made his first trip to Big Sky Speedway worth the visit Saturday night, with the Arkansas shoe walking away with his first ASCS-sanctioned victory.
Mallett took on the Brodix ASCS Frontier Region during an off weekend with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour and became the 33rd driver to top the Montana-based regional tour.
In pursuit of the lead from the third starting spot, Jordon grabbed second on the start with Trever Kirkland setting the early pace. Pressured by Harli White for the runner-up spot, Mallett tested the center groove on the fifth lap, with the exploration finding grip enough to advance to the lead on the next revolution.
Immediately putting several car lengths over the race for second, the No. 14 raced into traffic quickly as White began moving her line up the track.
Railing the cushion of the Big Sky Speedway, the No. 17w tracked down and made the pass for the lead inside the final five laps. Able to fend off the challenge, Mallett adjusted his line to scrub off White’s momentum.
Coming to the white flag, White dove the bottom of the third turn with the slide off the fourth putting her in the lead. Splitting a slower car down the back straightaway, White took the cushion with Mallett to the hub.
With the checkered flag in sight, the pair drag raced off the final turn, with Mallett taking the win by .062 seconds.
Johnny Herrera’s second time behind the wheel in 2019, the New Mexico shoe wheeled the Ostermiller No. 12h to the final podium step. Montana’s Jeremy McCune was fourth with his son, Damon McCune, rushing through the field from 14th to complete the top five.
Kory Wermling crossed sixth, with early race leader Trever Kirkland in seventh. Cody Masse was eighth, followed by Oklahoma’s Matt Ward from 12th. Mindy McCune charged from the 13th starting spot to complete the top 10.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 14-Jordon Mallett ; 2. 17W-Harli White ; 3. 12H-Johnny Herrera ; 4. 0J-Jeremy McCune ; 5. 77-Damon McCune ; 6. 9K-Kory Wermling ; 7. 37-Trever Kirkland ; 8. 35M-Cody Masse ; 9. 51-Matt Ward ; 10. 11-Mindy McCune ; 11. 33-Robert DeHaan ; 12. 00B-Michael Bingham ; 13. 1M-Willie Hernandez Jr. ; 14. 20-Mitchell Burns ; 15. 2-Shad Petersen ; 16. 2X-Mike Manwill .