A planner. A goal setter. Determined. Those are certainly attributes that describe sprint car driver Jordon Mallett. But perhaps more impressive is the success he has enjoyed thus far in his career.
Between the ages of seven and 13 years, sprints were in the distant future. But Jordon continued his career in the rough-and-tumble four-wheeler and motorcycle racing with some painful injuries.
Things changed in 2004, when, at age 14, the youngster decided that it was time to get behind the wheel of a “real race car” which, in his mind, was a 600 micro sprint at the famous I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.
Success was immediate over the next three years, with two seconds and a third in points in the three track classes.
A jump to the 360 winged sprints came in 2010, and he hit the road the with USCS and was their National Rookie of the Year a year later. His first USCS win came in at Gastonia, N.C. The next three years, travel continued on the road when the schedule allowed.
The first marquee 360 win was taking the Henson Memorial in 2014.
In 2016, there was a great start running with Tod Quiring’s GoMuddy.com National Sprint League 360 Sprint Car Series and leading the points until the series ceased operation in June.
“I was sure at this time that I wanted to keep going with sprints when my parents presented me with the option to buy out the racing team from them. I decided at that time to accept the challenge of going it alone with my wife Madison. To that end, I made it final when I formed Jordon Mallett Motorsports,” Mallett noted.
Mallett then rejoined USCS.
Having nearly claimed a USCS national title in the past, “I decided I’d go after as many wins I could. That 2017 effort was my first full season racing as both an owner and driver,” he explained.
But nevertheless, that title came along with so much more. Included were first, second, and third-place finishes in USCS regional championship points. In all, there were six wins and 26 top-fives.
DOB: Dec. 18, 1992
HOMETOWN: Greenbrier, Ark.
SERIES: USCS and ASCS 360 winged sprints
SPONSORS: Water For Christ, Awakening Events, Porter Commercial Refrigeration Inc.,
Red River Rack Company, D&K Farms
With the same philosophy for 2018, there was also the same success as in the previous year. In fact, it was ever better. He earned the USCS national title for the second time, along with championships in all three regions. His win total was also tops in the series, with nine, along with 30 top-fives.
Finally, last year Jordon took a look upward to the premier 360 winged series, the ASCS. He looked at the new challenge just like all the others: with a full out effort.
Not surprisingly, he made his presence felt with a win that first year, and finished ninth in the ASCS National Tour points.
Mallett is quick to give thanks to his dad, Steve, who has served as his “right hand man” along with mom Jonie and his wife Madison for always being supportive.
For this season, the plan is a complete effort with the ASCS National Tour.