SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Personable veteran Jordan Sims will be the first person to tell you that the hot streak he opened the APC United Late Model Series season with as somewhat cooled through the first four rounds of competition.
The former CRA Super Series regular captured Round 1 of the tour at Sunset Speedway in emphatic fashion, looking to be an early contender for the 2019 APC Series championship.
However, since then, Sims’ family-run team has struggled. A 21st-place performance in Round 2 at Flamboro followed quickly by a 17th-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Round 3 we’re not the follow-ups that Sims had anticipated.
The team showed new life in their 11th-place run during Round 4 of the tour at Delaware Speedway and are hopeful that their program can break through for their second win of the season during Round 5 this Saturday at Flamboro.
“Momentum is a funny thing to try and explain when you’re following a tour like this,” says Sims. “I think we all understand that the goal is to take a good run – like what we had at Sunset in May – and then roll that into a few more good nights down the line. But there’s a lot more to it than that.”
“This is a brand new car,” continues Sims. “We just built it this Winter. So, when we hit the ground running with it at Sunset, we were just starting to figure out what we liked and what we didn’t. What we wanted to keep moving forward and what needed to be changed. It’s been a process, for sure.”
With the season at its halfway mark, Sims currently sits 6th in APC Series points and believes in his team’s ability to challenge for the tour championship with a strong run through the second half of the schedule.
“If we can get a couple big nights under our belt I really think we have a chance at being in the mix (for a championship),” offers Sims. “That’s why this Saturday is such a big night for us. If we leave Flamboro with a win that’s a huge statement for the back half of our year.”