By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (May 27) – After competing in a combined five events over the previous two weekends, the Jordan Adams Racing team had somewhat of a relaxed schedule this past weekend with only a date at River Cities Speedway on tap.
Jordan started back in fifth for heat race number two, but quickly moved up to second at the completion of the opening lap. Shortly thereafter, the first of two red flags halted the race as Dave Glennon got upside down at the exit of corner four and tore down about 15 feet of fencing along the front stretch.
During the lengthy delay to repair the catch fence, tensions mounted as a strong cell of precipitation was fast approaching the speedway and threatened to wash out the night of racing.
After about 25 minutes the green flag resumed the heat race and Jordan immediately went for the lead, but once again the red flag came out as Shane Roemling tipped his #31 machine on its side down the back straightaway.
This time the race was stopping for only a few moments. The green came out once again and Jordan had his hands full with the two-time and defending River Cities Speedway track champion, Austin Pierce, but held him off and took his first checkered flag of 2016.
“Coming from fifth to win the heat was a pretty good feeling,” said Adams. “We have had a slow start at River Cities Speedway, but Friday we got some things changed on the car and I felt great in both the heat race and the feature.”
The heat win put the Tony Anderson Construction #20A third on the grid for the 25-lap main event. Jordan fought with some of NOSA’s best throughout the race, including Pierce, Wade Nygaard, and Mitch Mack, and came away with a respectable sixth place finish as the checkers flew.
“Even though we went backwards in the feature, I still felt as if we had a good enough car to drive in the top three. Regardless, it was a step in the right direction and I'm eager to get back there Friday to see what we can do this week.”
Up next for the Dekalb team is another double header weekend. Friday night Jordan will be right back at River Cities Speedway and will hit Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday.
Adams picked up his best finish of the season to date when NOSA visited Devils Lake on May 14th, but he says the high-banked quarter-mile is one of his weakest tracks on the tour.
“I have struggled as a driver in Devils Lake. I had a great car last time we were there and the driver maybe put together 20 solid laps,” said Jordan. “So if we can get the driver to put together 25 laps I think we will be in contention at the end of it.”