In this weeks edition of "Driver Spotlight," we stayed local in the Ohio/Indiana area, once again. This week we focused on young, up-and-coming UMP DIRTcar Modified star, Jordan Conover. Conover talks about his switch from the stock car ranks, to the modified ranks this season, his Top 5 run at the UMP Fall Nationals, and his future goals. Again being a must-read article, Jordan keeps it short and to the point with his answers. This guy is one to watch out for in 2018, possibly taking home an Eldora Speedway Track Title. The future of the sport is bright, meet one of those bright stars:
Q. How did your 2017 season go? Any highlights?
A. 2017 was a pretty good year for us; we had two wins in the stock car and many top 5's. We had a pretty good year in the modified also having many heat race wins.
Q. What was it like jumping into a modified after spending a reasonable amount of time in a stock car? Was it a big difference?
A. Going from the stock car to the modified was a pretty challenging jump. The cars are more reactive and twitchy due to the weight difference and distribution of weight.
Q. Were you surprised with your success at the UMP Nationals? Against some of the best drivers in the country.
A. We were shocked with our run at the nationals. No way we expected to run as good as we did with the amount of talent that rolls into that track during the event let alone a Top 3 behind, Jacob Hawkins and Tyler Nicely.
Q. What are your 2018 plans? Any major changes?
A. We will be running a full modified season in 2018, chasing Eldora track points and also regional points, we're also building the first Nightmare Chassis modified during the offseason.
Q. What's it like to race at Eldora Speedway?
A. It's an honor to be able to race Eldora on a weekly basis. Most teams just dream of running Eldora, one time and we get to do it all season long. It's the greatest dirt track in America.
Q. What are your future goals and dreams, in racing?
A. Right now my future goals in racing are to become as competitive in the modified's as I was in the stock cars. As for dreams I would say one day just be able to race a late model, one time, during a big show at Eldora.
Q. Anyone you'd like to thank for your career thus far?
A. I owe all my thanks to my dad for giving me the opportunity to race, and also showing and teach me what racing is all about. Without him, I wouldn't be able to do what I do.
*J&T Photos Photo Credit