Jaden Christ hopes to carry season win into the Stampede
Christ is hoping for his first-ever win at the Stampede.
JAMESTOWN — For the first time in his career, Jaden Christ won the Wissota Street Stock class at the Jamestown Speedway after his final race at Jamestown Speedway on Aug. 27. Christ is hoping his successful summer continues when he participates in the 51st Annual Jamestown Stock Car Stampede on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24.
The Jamestown native finished the regular season with a 28-point lead in the standings with one win and six top-five finishes.
“I feel pretty confident in my abilities with that,” Christ said. “It’s a pretty big confidence builder going into the biggest race of the year at the speedway, knowing that you mostly dominated over the course of the year and was really consistent and had good finishes all year.”
Christ is coming off a layoff as his last race was on Sept. 2, when he finished fifth at the Brown County Speedway.
“A lot of preparation and time spent in the shop, trying to get everything perfect, and put the cards in the right places and hope for the best,” Christ said. “(I am) trying to get everything perfect on the car and not make any little mistakes.”
Christ is from a racing family as his father, Billie, also races Wissota Street Stocks and finished the regular season in fourth, 92 points behind his son. Despite the father-son relationship, Christ said he and his father go at each other on the track. Off the track though, Christ said he and his father are close and talk about racing multiple times a day.
“I’m probably more competitive with him than I am with anybody else at the race track,” Christ said. “We go back and forth and have good small talk here and there and try to keep each of us on our toes.”
While it is impossible to predict how Christ will do at the Stampede, if he has his breakfast of champions, he said he feels pretty confident.
“It seems like whenever I eat steak and eggs for breakfast in the morning, I normally do pretty well, so that’s kind of a superstition of mine,” Christ said.
Christ said he is thinking about his strategy before he hops into the car and immediately before the race starts.
“Mostly what I need to do with the car and then in the car, I’m always thinking about what setup changes I need to make and what line I need to run, and once I get in the car that all goes away the nervous factor,” Christ said.
Christ has raced since 2017 and has improved every year going from only one top-10 finish his first year to four the next year, his first win in 2019 and four more top-10 finishes in 2020. He also won two races in 2021. Christ said the improvement came from hard work and practice.
“It really helped my confidence level and my dad helped me a lot and everybody who helps me gets my confidence up, is the biggest thing for me,” Christ said.
The winner of the Wissota Street Stock race at the Stampede gets $2,000, which Christ said he would spend on upgrades for his car.
“The Stampede is a race that everybody wants to win,” Christ said. “Everybody wants to get their name on the back of a T-shirt. There are a lot of cars that show up and a lot of good ones that show up and you gotta be on your A game and you gotta make sure everything is perfect.”