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AUTO RACING: Racer from Reynolds proves to be another emerging young sprint driver

Driver Jordan Adams holds onto his position while heading out of turn 2 in close quarters with two other drivers in the June 6 feature. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald

Jordan Adams had never raced anything on dirt when he started in a sprint car three summers ago.

“Adjusting to that was pretty difficult at first,” he said. “As the years have gone on, we’ve learned a lot. You never stop learning.”

That’s been obvious, looking at his results.

The 18-year-old from Reynolds, N.D., is on the best stretch of his racing career, notching a second-place finish in Winnipeg a week and a half ago, followed by a fifth-place finish at River Cities Speedway last week and his first-career feature win in Greenbush, Minn., the following night.

Adams started up front in Greenbush and managed to take the checkered flag.

“That was the best feeling in the world,” he said. “That’s why we do it.”

Adams admitted that he didn’t expect to win that evening.

“We were pretty surprised,” he said. “I never thought I would go in there and win. We knew we had a good chance starting on the front row after the heat race, but I wasn’t too sure.

“It feels like we’re picking up momentum. I hope we can keep that going.”

Best RCS finish

Adams also left River Cities Speedway last Friday feeling pretty good. He led the 25-lap feature for half of the race before he was passed by Mark Dobmeier, the track’s dominant driver.

His fifth-place finish was his best at the track and helped move him into 12th in points, just nine away from cracking the top 10. Adams will try to move closer to that spot at tonight’s weekly show, which will be highlighted by double sprint features, a make-up for a June rain out.

“We’re excited to get back in there and keep this momentum going,” Adams said. “We want to keep climbing up in the points, and who knows, maybe pick up another win.”

Adams switched to a new chassis this year, which has been an adjustment.

“But the more I race, the more I feel comfortable in the car,” he said.

River Cities Speedway has a good mix of experienced sprint car drivers and a wave of young drivers this season. Adams is one of the young-but-talented drivers.

“Sometimes, you have to remember that there are guys who have raced sprint cars for a number of years,” he said. “There are people who have been doing it for 10 to 15 years. We’re a young team. It’s just crazy to be racing. It’s a cool experience.”

Adams said he attended River Cities Speedway races growing up with his father and that inspired him to start racing. So far, it has been everything he thought it would be.

“It’s unexplainable,” he said. “It’s such a rush that goes through your head.”

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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