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Anticipation Grows as Winter Nationals Nears Jadyn Daniels Ready for Action at CCS

Jadyn Daniels

Anticipation Grows as Winter Nationals Nears Jadyn Daniels Ready for Action at CCS

Jadyn Daniels

Kimberly Kelly
For the Chronicle

The excitement continues to grow as race car drivers continue to fill the pit area at Citrus County Speedway for next week’s Legend Winter Nationals.
For many, the facility is a refreshing change from racetracks across the country that showcases the Legends Series on a regular basis. For others, it’s a new race track that will challenge them to the finish.

Jadyn Daniels is not new to Citrus County Speedway. In fact, the 16 year old out of Harrisburg, North Carolina has a history of solid finishes.

At the age of three her parents started taking her going to the Summer Shootout Series (Charlotte Motor Speedway). A few years later she told her dad, “Dad, I want to do this.”

To show how serious her commitment was she earned half of the money she needed to buy her fist go kart. She was just 10 years old.

It didn’t take long before she started to compete in go karts Mooseville Go Pro Motorplex where she finished fourth (2015) in Briggs Cadet, third (2016) in Briggs Jr., and scored her first win (2016) in the division, all at the Karting Challenge. In 2017 she won the Briggs Jr Championship.

Daniels has spent her racing career competing on tracks like Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord Motor Speedway Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lanier, Georgia, and East Carolina. Coming to Citrus (County Speedway) is different though.

“It’s my favorite track,” Daniels said. “The corners are so different. None of the other tracks are banked like this.”

She transitioned to the Bandolero Outlaw division in 2017 where she competed for the last two years. In 2019 she picked up wins in the Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In the Legends Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway last year, Daniels finished fourth overall of 18 competitors in the Bandolero Outlaw division with three top five finishes. Her best was a second place after coming from the rear of the field.

“It was a good experience for me,” Daniels said. “It definitely helped being in that car the last two years.”

This week, Daniels will sport a new ride in a new division that she has had only a limited amount of seat time in. And she’s excited about the transition.

“These cars have 100 more horsepower, front and rear suspension, and are manual,” Daniels said of her No. 45 Semi Pro Legend Car. “It’s a much smoother ride.”

She’s already showing signs of a good transition moving from Bandoleros to Legend Cars.

“I ran the Winter Heat and finished eighth in points,” she said of the 24-car Semi Pro field.

In this year’s Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway she is hoping for a couple of top five finishes. But with a full field of cars expected this year, she knows she has her work cut out for her.

“I’ve been watching videos of other drivers, watching their line,” she said. “This car is a lot of fun. It’s so fast. There are always a lot of cars, and always a lot of competition. It’s always hard-racing here.”

The 2020 INEX Winter Nationals presented by Little Gator Motorsports runs Monday, February 10, Tuesday, February 11, Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14 at the events’ host track Citrus County Speedway.
Pit gates open at 7:00 a.m. daily with registration at 8:00 a.m., Driver’s Meeting at 9:00 a.m., on-track practice at 9:30 a.m. followed by qualifying, invocation/anthem.

Main grandstands open at 11:00. Racing starts at noon. Admission each day is $5 for adults; children 0-6 are free.

Citrus County Speedway is located south of Inverness on US 41 at the Citrus County Fairgrounds.

Kimberly Kelly covers race action at Citrus County Speedway for the Citrus County Chronicle. This article appeared Tuesday, February 9, 2020.