GREENBRIER, Ark. – Jordon Mallett, the two-time and reigning United Sprint Car Series national champion, will head on the road as a full-time competitor with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour this season.
Mallett has won the last two national titles with the USCS, as well as swept the three USCS regional championships last year, setting the stage to continue his progression as a professional sprint car driver with the ASCS National Tour.
“First, I want to thank Pete and Sherri Walton and the USCS Series for all they’ve done and for helping me progress my ability,” said Mallett. “I got to run so many races. We had a really successful year in 2018, swept their series and won more races than I’ve ever won. If I want to pursue this full time, I need to keep moving, so we’re chasing the ASCS National Tour.
“I truly believe the biggest hurdle will be the financial side of it. The schedule mileage-wise and the race count is about the same as we’ve run, but there’s more layover time. We’ll be gone the first week of June through August. There’s a lot to juggle,” he continued. “I’ve had to try to acquire a third engine. We’re actively seeking more partners who want to team up with a successful team as it branches out to new tracks across the country.”
This year will mark Mallett’s eighth straight year in a 360ci winged sprint car and will be his first time traveling to Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Pennsylvania, among other locales.
“Now I’ve got 30 new tracks I’ve never seen that everybody else has a notebook for and I don’t,” he said. “I’m trying to pick other people’s brains and figure out what I need to know. I feel like the last two years I’ve really been able to have a lot of variation from the tiniest quarter miles to great, big half miles. Different regions have different track conditions. I hope we go to a bunch of racy places.
“My goal is to win the Rookie of the Year Award and I want to finish in the top 10 in the points. I think we can accomplish both goals.”
Mallett will kick off his season this weekend driving the Country Barn Babe-sponsored No. 29 sprint car owned by Jeff and Nicole Oliver at Hendry County Motorsports Park in Clewiston, Fla.
The USCS Series races on Friday and Saturday and the weekend will mark Mallett’s first time competing at the track.
The ASCS National Tour season gets underway in March.