September 15, 1962 in Sardis, Mississippi, James Michael Jackson in
a way plowed his way to a life of motorcycling. His father worked at
their family-owned John Deere dealership. At the age of twelve
Mike’s dad bought him an ATC70 Honda 3-wheeler. That led to a life
of interest in ATV’s, motorcycles, CB radios and Rock & Roll. Yep,
blame it all on Honda.
When Mike was in his early twenties a friend, Cloyce Kemp, asked him
to go to an 1/8th mile drag race with him and help out. That day,
Mike was hooked and started racing 3-wheel ATV’s the next season at
local tracks. He continued racing ATV’s and streetbikes. Mike raced
3-wheelers for six years before deciding to move to streetbikes. He
converted a CB350 Honda into a dragbike then moved up to a 650
Honda. Then as quick as he got into racing Mike sold everything and
got away from racing after ten years of competition.
In 2005 after an eight-year absence Mike admitted to missing racing
and with a little persuasion his friend Cloyce once again talked him
into getting back into racing. Mike started racing once again at
local tracks and also took in the Memphis AMA/Prostar events.
Today Mike races a totally stock Z1000 Kawasaki in Street ET. Mike
said he likes it better now than ever.
Other Areas of
Residence: Sardis, MS
Children: Stepson - Mike Ware (30)
Occupation: Parts Salesman @ Tractors and Equipment, Hernando
MS. (John Deere Dealer) and Owner of Jackson Small Engine Repair,
Sardis MS. (Lawn Mower Repair)
Home track: Byhalia Raceway, Byhalia MS.
Team Name: Jackson Racing
Crew Members: Mike Jackson – Owner/Rider, Beau Matthews –
Sponsors: Southaven Kawasaki-Yamaha, Southaven MS, Jackson
Small Engine Repair, Sardis MS, Lydia’s Graphics, Senatobia MS
History of racing bikes and classes:
1986 – 1996: raced 3-wheelers and motorcycles at local race tracks.
1997 – 2004: Quit and sold everything.
2005 – Present: Got back in it and like it more now than ever.
Racing local tracks and raced AMA Drag bike for 3 years until it
went out of business.
Accomplishments: 2009 and 2008 Runner up in points @ Holly
Springs Drag way, Holly Springs, MS,
Goals: To be financially able to race every weekend at my
Interest outside of racing: Working on and repairing lawn
Favorite foods: Hamburgers
Favorite movie: Death Wish 1 - 4
Daily driver: 2004 Ford F150
First motorcycle: Honda XR100
Hero: Elmer Trett