After spending 2020 competing across multiple disciplines of racing, Jett Noland will embark on a full short track racing schedule for one of the premier teams in Late Model racing. After competing in several races with Anthony Campi Racing last year, the Florida teenager joins the team full-time in 2021.
Noland and ACR will embark on an ambitious schedule that will see him compete in over 40 races throughout the year, starting with CRA SpeedFest at Showtime Speedway next weekend. He will also chase after several championships during the year, running full-time with the Southern Super Series, Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series and the Show Me The Money Series.
After scoring Pro Late Model wins at Crisp Motorsports Park and New Smyrna Speedway with Campi in limited starts last year, he is excited to see what he can do with the team on a full schedule.
“Success is one thing that we take away from it,” Noland told Speed51’s “The Bullring.” “Last year we did really good with Anthony Campi and I can’t wait to go run some more races and get it done this year.”
Among Noland’s schedule for 2021 will include the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway next month at a track where he’s seen the most success at. Last year’s World Series saw him win a feature in the Pro Late Model, while adding a win in the PLM portion of the RedEye 50/50 and a third in the Orange Blossom 100.
The biggest story coming out of the World Series however was his on-track run-ins with Jamie Skinner during the week. After the two collided during the Saturday night feature, the two tangled again and Noland would hit the wall in three and four.
He recovered to finish third in the final points standings for the week. With this year’s World Series looming, he has put last year’s events behind him as he chases championships in both Pro and Super Late Models.
“You can’t get respect unless you stand up for yourself. That’s basically what happened. Going into this year, I’m not really worried about what happened last year with Speedweeks.”
Noland ran the full Trans Am Championship TA2 Class season last year, hitting some of the country’s most prestigious road courses. He was crowned the series Rookie of the Year, with his best finish coming in a combination event with the main Trans Am Series when he finished third in the TA2 class at Road Atlanta.
“The road racing really made me a better driver at the end. I just needed to get my feet wet in some road course racing. Mike Cope had a great team for that year. Racing with Anthony Campi last year, the few races we ran we did pretty good.”
He was also able to get behind a wheel of one of Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks for a race at Road America over the summer, competing with the likes of Gordon, NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed and Arie Luyendyk Jr. He held his own against some of the biggest names in racing, finishing sixth and fourth in the two races.
“We were racing TA2, I can’t remember what track it was, I think it was Road America. The Trucks were there and we went up to Robby Gordon and asked if we could race one.
“Crazy story with that, there’s supposed to be a cushion at the bottom of the seat that acts like an airbag. They didn’t put it in my car and I didn’t know about that until the last race we did. There were some hard landings without that cushion.”
With the experience he gathered up in 2020 across short track and road racing, Noland is more confident than ever behind the wheel.
“There’s a bunch of different driving styles that makes me better as a driver. Driving the Truck, driving the Trans-Am, it really puts a perspective on how handling a car goes and it makes you a better driver in the end game with Super Late Models.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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