Jorgenson Repeats During Bandolero Nationals
HAMPTON, Ga. – Jensen Jorgensen won his second consecutive Bandolero Outlaw Division National Championship Saturday during the 17th Annual zMAX Micro-Lubricant Bandolero Nationals held Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“It feels amazing,” said Jorgensen when asked what it was like to win two consecutive national championships. “It was a dream come true to win one, but two is just amazing.”
The one day event showcased Bandolero qualifying, heat races and features in two divisions with the grand finale of 25-lap championship feature events for the Bandits and Outlaws divisions. In addition, the event included Legends feature races in the Young Lions, Semi-Pro, Masters and Pro divisions that served as regional qualifiers.
Jorgensen started the feature race from the third position in the second row behind both Chase Purdy and Ashton Winger but made his move to the front of the field on the second lap. A caution on lap three bunched up the field, but Jorgensen was able to regain the lead in turn one after he raced side-by-side with Winger for two laps.
Jorgensen did not face a challenge on the outside on two subsequent cautions as Winger, Purdy and Joshua Hicks of Senoia all choose the inside line behind Jorgensen.
“After the [final] restart, I saw them get into each other and they were racing with each other, and saw that I had two car lengths on them,” said Jorgensen. “I just turned my mirror down and stopped looking back. I knew I had that race won as long as I hit my marks and was smart and that’s what I did.”
The defending national champion was able to drive away from the field and earn the win over the final eight laps of the race.