The Jordan Jinx
You've definitely heard of it. It might've bit you once or twice. Here's the gist of it: whenever Jordan McAbee bets on a driver to win a race, that driver becomes jinxed. The good news? You get warned of it happening each time, and it doesn't happen every single race. Below is the history of the #JordanJinx in 2021.
Race #16 - Sonoma
The #JordanJinx is on Kyle Busch for Sonoma. Results TBD.
Race #13 - Dover
Are we seeing a turn in the #JordanJinx? For the first Dover race of the season, the bet was on Alex Bowman at 18/1 odds. After a blazing fast pit stop, Bowman ended up leading 98 laps and winning at Dover. This makes two weeks in a row where the #JordanJinx wasn’t a bad thing…
Race #12 - Darlington
The #JordanJinx wasn’t enough to stop the hot streak of William Byron and the #24 Hendrick Motorsports team. Although he didn’t lead any laps in this race, Byron was a top 5 contender all day long and ended up finishing 4th at Darlington.
Race #11 - Kansas
Starting back in 29th at a track where he’s won at three times, many Fantasy NASCAR players were expecting a big fantasy points day out of Joey Logano at Kansas. The #22 Ford was sluggish all day, coming home 17th when it was all said and done. #JordanJinx
Race #10 - Talladega
One of the most popular fantasy picks at Talladega is always Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., but just because someone is popular doesn’t mean they can escape the jinx. Stenhouse was involved in an early wreck and then spun into the wall coming to pit road later in the race, finishing 33rd when it was over. #JordanJinx
Race #9 - Richmond
The wrong car got the #JordanJinx in this race. Jordan’s early bet was on Kyle Larson–who had an awful day–but the official #JordanJinx was given to Martin Truex, Jr. However, Truex is just too good at Richmond, and even the #JordanJinx couldn’t stop him from leading 107 laps and finishing 5th.
Race #8 - Martinsville
Surely Joey Logano would be immune from the Jordan Jinx starting from the pole at Martinsville, a track where Penske has been super fast at lately. Nope. On the fourth lap of the race, Logano was passed by Denny Hamlin for lead and continued to slip back from there. Eventually Logano rebounded to finish 6th but had just 6 laps led and 3 fastest laps–a very disappointing day for DFS owners. #JordanJinx
Race #6 - Atlanta
Nobody can stop Kevin Harvick at Atlanta, right? Wrong. The Jordan Jinx can. Many people were expecting another very strong, dominating effort from Harvick at Atlanta, but after a strong opening in the race, the bad luck hit. Harvick had to pit for a flat tire early in the race and then remarked how this car was the worst he’s had at Atlanta. Harvick finished 10th in this race with 0 laps led and just 12 fastest laps. #JordanJinx
Race #5 - Phoenix
Kyle Larson received the Jordan Jinx at Phoenix. It all started when he failed pre-race inspection and, instead of starting 2nd on Sunday, had to start from the rear. Larson then quickly made his way through the field on Sunday–multiple times. He received two speeding penalties during the race, killing his chances of winning. Larson finished 7th despite having one of the fastest cars all day long. #JordanJinx
Race #4 - Las Vegas
Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman were both under the Jordan Jinx at Las Vegas. To start the race, Elliott had one of the best cars and nearly won the first Stage, but his pit crew ended up ruining his car. Alex Bowman ran top 5 for most of the day but then had to pit late, ruining his day. Chase finished 13th, Bowman finished 27th. #JordanJinx
Race #3 - Homestead
It was Kyle Larson and Tyler Reddick who nabbed the Jordan Jinx special at Homestead. Early week odds had Larson at 14-to-1 and Reddick at 28-to-1 to win at Homestead. When it was all said and done? Reddick finished 2nd and Larson finished 4th. Not an awful day by any means, and more PJ Walsh-esque, but still… #JordanJinx
Race #1 - Daytona 500
Jordan went all in on Chris Buescher in the Fantasy NASCAR world at Daytona, and boy was that a mistake. He talked up Buescher pretty much any chance he got, and the #17 Ford was caught up in the first wreck of the day, and one of the first cars out of the race. Buescher finished 31st that day. #JordanJinx