Defending SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour champion Jeremy Doss surprised many in the short track racing world when he revealed he sold his Super Late Model earlier this year. On Monday morning, while appearing on Speed51’s Morning Bullring talk show, Doss made another surprising announcement that will have him pointed towards Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway this December.
“I had mentioned that we sold our 2017 Senneker SRL car. Well, we have just gotten it back. We’re going to be headed back to the Snowball Derby this year, so that’s pretty cool,” Doss announced. “On top of that, we’re going to be headed there with the Alan Kulwicki Hooters scheme on the car to honor Alan and show our love for how glad we are to be a part of the (Kulwicki Driver Development) program.”
Since selling his Super Late Model earlier this year, Doss has spent the 2019 season racing in a wedge-bodied Pro Late Model up and down California, racking up several wins and once again discovering the fun in racing.
“It’s been pretty good, we’ve won twelve races, eleven Pro races and one SRL race, so it’s been pretty good so far,” he said. “Early in the year we ended up selling our SRL car and we went Pro Late racing, which allowed us to run a lot more races than we’re used to. It was neat to actually get to run on a weekly basis it seemed like. We had a lot of fun, we won a lot of races, and hopefully we can cap it off strong here in the next couple weeks.”
The reacquisition of his Super Late Model was a development that was made just days ago prior to heading south to spot for a driver in the SRL Southwest Tour race at Kern County Raceway Park over the weekend. True to what the decision was to originally sell the car, the Upper Lake, California driver’s decision to get the car back for a run at the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby came as a split-second choice as a way to continue his mission to make racing fun again for he and his team.
“We just got the car Thursday night before we headed to Kern. It was just a race we wanted to do every year and without a Super Late you can’t do it,” he stated. “We kind of figured if we can get this car back we could run that and we have a car sitting there if we want to go play.
“Honestly we didn’t even go into this year thinking we were going to sell the car,” he admitted. “I thought we were going to run SRL full-time but it just didn’t line up running the Kulwicki thing. We couldn’t run enough races, it’s so expensive to run Super Lates full-time. It’s something we want to do every year, it’s our funnest race we go to and I feel like if you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best and that’s the race to do it.”
The current Kulwicki Driver Development Program points runner-up will pay tribute to Alan Kulwicki with a throwback Hooters scheme, the same scheme that Kulwicki drove to the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. Doss’s time in the KDDP has opened his eyes and he says has made him better as both a driver and a person.
“We wanted to do something big to cap off the year and I was always a big fan of that scheme,” he stated. “I wanted to somehow honor Alan at the end of the year. It’s been pretty cool and an honor to be in the program and to give back to the community throughout the year.”
This year’s journey to Five Flags Speedway will be Doss’s fourth attempt at the Snowball Derby. After missing out on the race in his first appearance at Five Flags Speedway in 2015, he has qualified for the last two editions of the race, leading laps in his debut in 2018 and finishing 11th one year ago. He heads into this year’s Derby more prepared than he has in recent years.
“I think we’ve got to be patient and also have a really good race car. With the live pit stops out of it, it’s going to come down to more of a good race car now instead of having a good pit stop. We just got to go there 110% and come with our A-game and race a smart race. Last year I got into an incident early on and we were behind the eight-ball the entire time. I just got to be smart behind the wheel and just go there with a good car.”
Along with being more prepared, Doss also believes this is the best shot he’s had at taking the Tom Dawson Trophy back to the west coast.
“I think we have the equipment to do it, I just have to get it done behind the wheel. We have a really good crew chief, so I think we’re going to go there and it’s going to be our best shot at it. I think we can get it done.”
Stay tuned to Speed51.com for more stories and information as we get closer to the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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