Moore did everything he needed to do at the quarter-mile asphalt oval, taking the Sunoco Fuels Fast Time with a 12.672 lap in the #27 JM Environmental Camaro. He went on to drive from his eighth starting position after the invert to a fourth place finish for his first Late Model championship in 15 years of racing.
“Well you know it feels good. Its the first time for me. Race car championships are hard to come by. I know exactly how hard you have to work for it,” Moore said. “We only won one race (this year). We went into the season and the biggest thing is I wanted to be a champion. When that is your final goal you need to race smart.”
Elk Grove’s Ron Chunn started on the pole in the #44 Snapple Chevrolet with fellow Elk Grove racer Mike Hite on his tail. Hite and Chunn came together on the 12th lap of the race and Grass Valley’s Don Swartz was tangled up as well. All three cars continued on.
That thrust sixth starting Doss into the lead with rookie Cole Moore in second position. Upperlake’s James Stillman enjoyed a fifth place run for many laps before falling out on lap 28.
John Moore trailed second in points and 2014 champion Mike Beeler for the third position throughout the lightning fast 35 minute event, but it was still enough to claim the championship. Doss took a 1.498 second victory over Cole Moore, Beeler, John Moore, and JR Courage. Swartz drove back to sixth position while Chunn was scored seventh at the finish.
Moore’s fourth place effort was parlayed into a ten point lead over Beeler in the final standings. Cole Moore finished third ahead of Chunn, Swartz, and Hite to round out the full-time entries for 2015. The balance of the top-ten included Folsom rookie Hunter Corbitt, Eagle, ID’s Travis Milburn, Doss, and Auburn’s Austin Gant. Cole Moore’s season which included four top-fives was strong enough to give him Rookie of the Year for 2015 as well.
While Saturday’s event at Ukiah Speedway will conclude the 2015 Pacific Challenge Series points championship, perhaps the series’ biggest race is on tap for October 17th. 33 teams have pre-entered for the prestigious “October Classic 100” held during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West races at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA.
The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, KB Fabrication, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, Racer Bling, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.
2015 Pacific Challenge Series schedule & race winners
April 11 Irwindale Speedway – Derek Thorn *non-points*
April 18 All American Speedway – Shannon Mansch
May 9 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss
May 23 Stockton 99 Speedway – Jeremy Doss
June 27 All American Speedway – Travis Milburn
July 4 Stockton 99 Speedway – John Moore
July 18 Ukiah Speedway – Hunter Corbitt
August 15 Madera Speedway – Jeremy Doss
September 5 Stockton 99 Speedway – Mike Beeler
September 26 All American Speedway – Kyle Gottula
October 3 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss
October 17 All American Speedway *non-points*
For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook.
Pacific Challenge Series Round 11: Ukiah Speedway
|1||75||Jeremy Doss||Upperlake, CA||I-5 Tire Factory|
|2||20||Cole Moore||Granite Bay, CA||JM Racing|
|3||6||Mike Beeler||Salida, CA||David’s Racing Products|
|4||27||John Moore||Granite Bay, CA||JM Environmental|
|5||33c||JR Courage||Modesto, CA||El Monte RV|
|6||33||Don Swartz||Grass Valley, CA||Swartz Diesel|
|7||44||Ron Chunn||Elk Grove, CA||Snapple|
|8||87||Trystan Mucci||Ukiah, CA||GCI Custom Lures|
|9||28||Myles Anderson||Fort Bragg, CA||Pacific Auto Body|
|10||39||James Stillman||Upperlake, CA||Treasure Cove Pizza|
|11||70||Mike Hite||Elk Grove, CA||Storage for Less|
|DNS||34||Austin Gant||Grass Valley, CA||Empire Steel Buildings|
American Racer Dash (Set of Tires): #33 Don Swartz
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #75 Jeremy Doss (5 positions gained)
Lap leaders: #44 Ron Chunn 1-12, #75 Jeremy Doss 13-75