Just Another Week, and Another Win, for Tim Jordan at Waterford
22-Year-Old Credits Preparation as His Secret to Three Straight Victories
It was just another week and just another win for Tim Jordan on Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. For the third straight race, and fourth time in 2007, Jordan won the Late Model feature at the tight Connecticut bullring.
But even though Jordan is making it look simple to win, in reality it is anything but easy. The track is home to a number of competitive drivers and under a rules package that allows ACT-style Late Models, the cars are very closely matched as well.
“This style of car is so equal,” said Jordan. “There are only a few hundredths of a second separating the fast cars in practice. It’s really hard to be dominant, but we’re doing what we can. You just have to make the car adjustable and good on a longer run.”
Having a car that was adjustable really didn’t matter to Jordan this week though. He never needed to do anything to it.
“We actually didn’t touch a bolt on the car all day long,” said Jordan. “We know what the track does to my car throughout the evening and it was good on Saturday. It was consistent and we didn’t need to change a thing.”
Jordan feels that his “secret” to success might be a simple one – preparation. That keeps his team from having to thrash around at the track and it keeps his #47 Late Model running at its best all of the time.
“Every week, we really go through the car from top to bottom,” said Jordan. “People say that I’m crazy. We go through everything, take it apart and then put it back together again.
Tim Jordan (Keith Cyr Photo)
That pays off. If you forget or neglect to tighten a ball joint for example, you are going to have a bad night. In my mind, success is all about preparation.”
It’s about good driving too, and Jordan showcased plenty of that on Saturday night in a quick-paced race.
“The race went from green to checkered without a caution,” said Jordan. “Allen Coates got out front early and built up a good lead. I just got into my own rhythm. I reeled him in, stayed behind him for a few laps and sized him up. I saw that he was a little tight, so I passed him on the bottom. Usually, the way to pass in a Late Model at Waterford is on the outside, but this worked. I got by him with about four laps to go. It was a good battle. We gave each other room and that’s the way that racing should be. It was a fun race to be involved in.”
Now, Jordan hopes to continue his winning ways this coming weekend.
“We’ve never won four races in a row before,” said Jordan. “If we don’t get wrecked, we should have a good chance at doing that. So we’ll just do our thing in the shop this week and be as prepared as we can next time out.”
Jordan returns to action in the Late Model ranks this Saturday night at the Waterford Speedbowl.