The Kickin’ Team
Jerry Jordan is a local, state and national award-winning investigative reporter recognized for his work by the National Newspaper Association, the Numismatic Literary Guild, the National Motorsports Press Association, the Texas Associated Press and Managing Editors, the Texas State Teachers’ Association and the Press Club of Southeast Texas. He is also a business owner, who changed his focus from exposing the corruption of elected officials to the more relaxed role of analyzing and reporting on auto racing from around the world. His past investigative journalism skills have helped him well in the auto racing world to cobble together numerous in-depth articles which have brought attention to issues in the industry.
Jerry founded Kickin’ The Tires in 2001 and it grew to a point where there are now eight writers and photographers, who have dedicated themselves to covering all facets of motorsports. Without the dedication of those young professionals the work of Kickin’ the Tires, and the dream Jerry had to create a sports media outlet, would not be possible.
Summer Bedgood has been covering NASCAR and motorsports since 2009, writing for multiple publications in that time, joining Kickin’ The Tires in 2016. She lives in Topeka, Kansas with her husband Allen, their dog Mikey, and their cat Luka.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Zach grew his interest in NASCAR into a career, covering more than 100 NASCAR Cup Series races since 2014. Along with his video production role with NASCAR on FOX, Zach joined Kickin’ The Tires in 2018 and currently serves as a reporter and photographer.
Matt Courson returns to Kickin’ The Tires for a third year in 2021. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he attends Middle Tennessee State University. He expects to graduate this Summer with a degree in Sports Media. When not at the racetrack, he enjoys traveling and taking in new sights across the country.
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the iRacing.com IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world.
In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019.
When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.
In 2016, after starting her own blog to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet.
Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few.
In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends.
Christian Koelle makes his debut with Kickin’ the Tires in 2021 contributing ARCA Menards Series content. Koelle has been involved in the NASCAR Media scene since 2015 working for multiple outlets. Along with Kickin’ in 2021, he joins Overbey Photography shooting photos in all three NASCAR series for clients.
His favorite tracks include Nashville Superspeedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Justin’s experience starts back in the mid-90s racing dirt bikes and ATVs. He won a local championship in 1999, and competed in multiple endurance grand prix races across Southern California. In 2015, he shifted from two wheels to four wheels, winning his first sprint kart race and finishing second in that championship. Now he works as a race official with that very club while working on making a comeback to the track.
Simultaneously, his journalism career began with NASCAR and Supercross. First started with Speedway Media, he now works as the web developer and tech manager for Kickin’ the Tires. He met his significant other at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and after he and Rachel married in 2018, they together have covered west coast races in karting, Supercross, NASCAR, drag racing, dirt racing, World of Outlaws, and even a visit to his original motocross club.