This is the fourth year Super Street driver Jim “Doc” Jordan, is driving the car he owns. Prior to driving the No. 9 he’s piloting now, he drove for Preston Wyatt in the No. 02.
Jordan started out as a crew member for Johnny Thoni in the mid 1980’s for eight years, where they won a championship in Mini-Modified. Then, he was crew chief for driver David Matheny for eight years, where they won a Street Modified championship and missed a SuperTruck championship by just eight points.
He was part of the legendary crew that rebuilt driver Tommy Climer’s backup Late Model in the lower pits between first practice and the race after a practice crash years ago. Then he was crew chief for Howard Tucker, where they won a Sportsman championship at the Rim. “I have been going to races since I was five or six at the Fairgrounds, Highland Rim Speedway and the old Smyrna Speedway.”
He’s a second-generation racer — his mother used to race and “got me interested. I have two wins in Super Street, finished third in points at both the Fairgrounds and Highland Rim Speedway two years ago. During that season, he ran 32 races, which is a lot for a driver.
“I have slowed down a bit since, trying to keep balance of racing and my family,” Jordan said. “It takes a lot of work to run my car and keep (Howard) Tucker going.”
He’s also an asphalt-only driver “since my early go-cart days. Dirt is for farming,” he said, laughing. He said “what (he likes) best (about racing) is all the great people and friends I have met over the years. Some of them are the greatest in the world.
Frustration and fighting after accidents is what he would prefer to live without. “We are supposed to be having fun,” he said. “We are not racing for a living, I think I was like that in my early years, but I have learned to keep that in perspective more since I’ve gotten older.”
His sponsors are Larry’s Auto and Tire, Mighty Auto Parts (supplier of Royal Purple motor oil) and Carl’s Corner on Nolensville Road, Carl’s Corner offers discounts with racetrack ticket stubs, he added.
The crew on Jordan’s car is Jordan himself, his son Jeff, Tucker and Tony his stepson. In addition, “all the rest of the guys on the hill in (turns) three and four, who all pitch in when needed, Mike Bryant and all the guys at Larry’s Auto and Tire who help me keep the old ride running and the dents beat out of it.
He said his family’s support is important. “Most of all I have to thank my wife, Viki, who talked me into getting my own car,” Jordan said. “She keeps me grounded in reality on the budget, also known as the voice of reason. He also thanks his biggest fans, including “little Billy, our eight-year-old and the grandkids, who are my biggest fans.”