With nine top-fives and 17 top-10’s, Jordan Latimer put together an impressive season at Sunset Speedway en route to placing seventh in the year-end standings.
“2017 was a big year,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “I don’t remember a night all summer where we unloaded and didn’t feel like we weren’t going to be running up front competing for the win! Looking back on the season as a hole I think it was a huge success. We only had one weekend where we were caught up in a wreck so that’s huge! Gave us a lot of time to work on set up and not on body work. We had multiple shots for a win this season, whether it was off a late restart, tire strategy, or just starting position compared to other drivers. But it felt really good going out this season competing up front compared to our prior season and the luck we had then.”
From the first green flag of the season in April with a third on opening night, to a runner-up in the final feature of the year in September, Latimer showed speed on a weekly basis. The hard work paid off, too, as he was able to score his first career Late Model victory on September 2.
“(The) first late model win was big for our team to finally get, especially with the competition we have at Sunset Speedway,” he said. “Feels good to finally punch that hole and grab the win.”
Compared to just three top-10’s in 2016, Latimer said the biggest difference between the pair of campaigns was the work put in by Kevin Reynolds.
“In the winter leading up to the 2017 season, we put the car on the jig at the RIM shop (Kevin Reynold’s place) and did a lot of work like cutting bars out for weight and rear-end work,” Latimer said. “Having Kevin in our corner was a huge part of are success this past season, but also all are crew guys and sponsors for the support. Another big part in that is all the weeks we came home without body damage we could fully devote that week to set up and making the car better.”
Latimer will return to Sunset Speedway in 2018, once again competing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Division I Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Model Championship, with his eyes focused on taking home the championship. There’s also a possibility that the No. 90 will also partake in the Great Lakes Concrete Series, which is six races in length, with three at Sunset and three at Sauble Speedway.
“The goal for 2018 season is to go out and be better we were in 2017,” he said. “Hopefully grab a couple feature wins and I’m confident in the work we are going to be putting in this winter we can compete for a championship.”
Latimer has already begun to welcome back sponsors for the season, announcing that KICX 106 and 104.1 The Dock will be back on-board with JL Motorsports for the fifth season.
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