“Easy To Get Discouraged” – Jade Avedisian Unravels Chili Bowl’s High Stakes Moments After Bittersweet Outing

Published 01/12/2024, 4:35 AM EST

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Midget racing is unlike any other form of motorsports and the Chili Bowl is the most competitive event in that category. It is extremely difficult for drivers who do not have much experience to navigate the track amidst a bunch of cars and get a good result. Jade Avedisian, who made her debut in the competition last year, faced a lot of challenges that forced her to admit a disheartening truth.

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The Toyota recruit took part in the heat for the A feature on Thursday but was unable to finish in the top 2. Her P7 finish means that the 17-year-old will take part in the B feature race on Saturday. Avedisian expressed a bittersweet feeling about the result as her race was not without incident.

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The 17-year-old was spun around during the race and lost a lot of track positions, which was one of the reasons why she could not challenge for the top 2 places. Speaking to Frontstretch after the event, Avedisian said that it was easy to lose one’s confidence in an event as tough and competitive as the Chili Bowl.

“It’s super easy to get discouraged here. Every time you hit the track, it’s make or break, every spot counts. So I just knew I had to gather back together,” the teenager acknowledged.

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However, Avedisian said that starting in the mid-pack of the B feature was not a bad thing. If she could get a good start, the Toyota recruit might be able to pull off a shock victory. It is unlikely but not impossible by any stretch.

“Yeah, I mean it’s just really tough, right? You have the best 24 guys starting in the feature. I feel like if we start 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, we can contend for a win. It’s just super hard to…when you’re starting 6th, the top 6 guys are ahead of you, but I think overall, it was a solid night. I think we’ll start like mid-pack on the B on Saturday morning. It’s a good spot,” she said.

Jade Avedisian might have been disappointed about not finishing higher up in the race, but she isn’t beating herself over it. In fact, the 17-year-old believed that she and her team did all that they could and got the best possible result.

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The new Toyota recruit admitted that she got put in a bad position due to the spin. Avedisian said that the most important thing since that incident was to clear her head and do the best that she could. And that is exactly what the 17-year-old and her team did.

“I feel like we did a really good job. Just clearing our head after that…we got put in a bad spot and obviously we spun out and got collected on the first initial spot but we still did our job throughout the heat race going into 2 so there wasn’t much more we could have asked for in the heat race,” she said.

The 17-year-old also shared an Instagram post where, while acknowledging a dissatisfactory finishing position, she also exuded confidence for her upcoming outing.

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Captioning the post, “P7 tonight. Bummed, but for the most part I felt like we did everything we could in the feature. Track position was a huge part of tonight. Move on to Saturday and let’s go get locked in for 55 laps!#teamtoyota,” Avedisian shared several snippets from Thursday’s race.

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Jade Avedisian may only just be a teenager, but her performances are catching a lot of attention. How do you think she will end up performing at the Chili Bowl Nationals overall this year? Let us know your thoughts.

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