PORTAGE, Wis. (July 16, 2021) – Breaking a track record requires a whole host of things to go right. The car has to be perfectly tuned, the tires have to be on point, the weather has to be correct, and the stars have to be aligned.
Last season when the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series visited Jefferson, everything worked in Jordan DeVoy’s favor to clip off a lap of 13.324 seconds – a new track record. He later jousted with Casey Johnson on the way to the front of the field and looked to be in contention for the win. An incident sent him to the tail, but he was able to recover for a Seventh Place finish.
In many ways it was a breakout race for DeVoy who went on to set fast time in an Alive for Five race at the Dells and win the Golden Sands Speedway Harvest race. His speedy afternoon last July in Jefferson put him on the map as a top Super Late Model contender in the area. Now he’s hoping to repeat that magic Saturday in Transport Services LLC Round Three.
“I would say a highlight of my short career was racing Casey Johnson to the front in that race. I think we put on a heck of a show,” DeVoy said of last year’s visit to Wisconsin’s Action Track. “The confidence level in the team was much higher after Jefferson. Following Jefferson we had great runs and I learned something new every time we were on track.”
Although he may not have completed the perfect day by leaving with his first TUNDRA win, the track record was a huge accomplishment for the team, and one they continue to pull from the memory banks.
“I always strive to have the fastest car at every race,” DeVoy said. “I feel it is one thing to win a race from the front row but to set fast time is man and machine vs. everyone else for three laps. I hope to hold the track record until the end of time.”
If he is to repeat the performance – and perhaps fare better in the race too – it will be a major boost to team morale. The start of the season has been rough for DeVoy. He experienced issues during practice during Round Two after fixing his machine from a nasty wreck at Jefferson on Memorial Day weekend.
“I had such high hopes for 2021, we came off a solid 2020 season with good runs at different tracks,” DeVoy said. “At the start of 2021, teammate James Swan fired off the TUNDRA schedule really well at Kaukauna we just weren’t able to continue the success at Marshfield.”
Turning the tide is always easier said than done and DeVoy isn’t exactly sure how to channel the luck, but he has a few ideas to try.
“Hell, if I knew I’d do it,” he joked. “I’ll try wearing my lucky underwear on Saturday. I want to keep my expectations in check, I would love to go Days of Thunder on the weekend and go from destroying the car at the last Jefferson show to winning the TUNDRA show. We really just need a good weekend to get things back on track.”
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Jefferson is the track where DeVoy is enjoying his earliest TUNDRA success. He made his debut with the series in 2016 and ran in the Top Five until an incident had him settling for a Ninth Place finish.
“I tested on eight-inch tires for the Jefferson two-day show as a limited on a Thursday, but was telling James and Katie Swan that it lacked grip,” DeVoy said. “James said, ‘Put ten-inch tires on, we will pay your entry for the TUNDRA race Sunday.; Shortly into the race we raced our way into the Top Five and were having a blast.”
Since his debut DeVoy has recorded two Seventh Place and one Tenth Place finish. He’ll be hoping Saturday brings him a few spots further to the front. Bringing his a little more luck would be helpful too, potentially boosting the team for the remainder of 2021.
The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series head to Jefferson for Transport Services LLC Round Three next Saturday, July 17. TUNDRA will be joined by the Hobby Stocks, Bandits, and Road Warriors. Qualifying is at 5 pm with racing beginning at 7 pm.
Jefferson Speedway is located on US Hwy 18 between Jefferson and Cambridge, Wis. For more information visit http://www.jeffersonspeedway.com