The 2019 season for the Kulwicki Driver Development Program culminated Thursday night, as California’s Jeremy Doss was officially presented with the Kulwicki Cup and his $54,439 prize as champion.
Doss was honored along with the other finalists in the 2019 Kulwicki Driver Development Program at The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the ceremony. With NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in attendance and former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Kenny Wallace as guest speaker, Doss was thrilled to be honored in the presence of racing greats.
“It’s honestly unbelievable,” Doss told Speed51. “Just to be in the same room as Bobby Allison, Kenny Wallace, TR, everyone who is a part of this program. It’s truly an honor, and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It means a lot. I’m looking forward to representing Alan’s legacy in the community for years to come.”
Doss joins Ty Majeski, Alex Prunty, Cody Haskins and Brett Yackey as Kulwicki Cup Champions during KDDP’s five-year history.
“It’s really special to win the program. To be on a list with guys like Ty Majeski, Alex Prunty, Cody Haskins, all the guys who have won it, it’s pretty cool to follow in their footsteps. I hope to keep making everyone proud.”
KDDP Executive Director Tom Roberts was incredibly complimentary of Doss and his team after awarding the California native.
“What they did this year really deserves so much credit,” said Roberts. “It’s just been amazing what he’s been able to do this year. I’m so proud of him. He’s one of the guys that can go far if he’s given the right opportunities.”
After all the finalists had been honored during the banquet, the seven drivers gathered on stage to present a gift to Roberts, a Christmas photo signed by each driver.
It is that camaraderie that gives the program extra meaning for Roberts.
“To me, that is personally satisfying to see a team effort. These guys on social media, when they’re up, they congratulate. When they’re down, they cheer each other up. We have board members like Jim Routh who chimes in. I’m just blessed to be their go-to guy. I never had any children, so they’ve become like my adopted kids.”
Fans can watch Thursday’s Kulwicki Driver Development Program Banquet by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 photo