The Valenti Modified Racing Series’ loss will be the gain of the SK Modified divisions at three Connecticut NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks in 2014.
Tim Jordan confirmed Friday he will leave the Valenti Modified Racing Series to focus on running an SK Modified next year.
Jordan, of Plainfield, said he will run full-time in the SK Modified division at the Waterford Speedbowl, a track where he has 27 career victories and two Late Model championships.
He said he might run all of the abbreviated seven-event schedule at Thompson Speedway in 2014 along with selected events at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“It’s a better fit for me and my dad and our crew,” Jordan said. “My dad works his butt off for this. I think we both have realized that SK [Modified] racing is a better fit for what we can do and that’s what we should be doing. We’re not Tour people. That’s not a bad thing, we’re weekly racers.”
Jordan said he will run what was his Modified Racing Series chassis at Waterford and will run a second car he has acquired at Thompson and Stafford.
After winning his second Speedbowl Late Model championship in 2010, Jordan made the jump to the Valenti Modified Racing Series in 2011, but results fell short of his expectations for the endeavor.
In 32 Valenti Modified Racing Series starts over the last three seasons Jordan had one top five finish and eight top-10’s.
“Running an SK Modified is probably what we should have done [after 2010],” Jordan said. “But we had an opportunity to try the [Valenti Modified Racing Series] and we did. We tried it and it didn’t work out. I had no Modified experience and it probably wasn’t the first best place to get it. Hindsight is 20-20 though. I still have a lot to learn in Modifieds and I still have a lot of laps to make to learn. But we went pretty well for our situation.”
In addition to his 2010 Late Model championship at Waterford, Jordan also won a track title in that division in 2006. He has 22 career Late Model victories at Waterford and five Mini Stock division wins.
“I’m excited about doing this,” Jordan said. “I’m a short track racer. … I think it’s good. I think the rule package is good right now [with SK Modifieds] The motors are basically all the same, the cars are basically all the same. It’s probably the best time ever to do it because the rules are so consistent between the three tracks.”