MADERA, CA — 2012 Pacific Challenge Series champion Jeremy Doss picked up his 18th career victory at Madera Speedway on Saturday night, driving away from Clovis’ Bryan Herzog for the 75 lap win. The 19 year-old Kulwicki Driver Development Program member extended his points lead by 32 points over 2014 champion Mike Beeler as well. The MAVTV-televised race will air at a later date during the “Madera Racing” program.
Jason Romero of Cameron Park made his first Madera start and first PCS start outside of All American Speedway, after sweeping both Roseville races this year. He led practice, set a new track record at a 14.162, and proceeded to win the American Racer Tire dash for a set of tires and the pole position.
Romero’s pole was short lived at the start of the feature as Valley Springs’ Tracy Bolin swept around the outside to lead lap one. Romero fell into the clutches of Doss for second in a back-and-forth battle until Doss spun with contact from Ross Strmiska on lap five. Lodi’s Matt Wendt suffered a flat right front tire and slight damage trying to avoid the spin. Mike Beeler also was caught up in the incident.
Doss took over the lead from Bolin on the restart and Herzog used the restart to get around Jeff Bishofberger for third. Meanwhile tenth starting Shannon Mansch of Roseville was up into fifth. Loomis’ Chris Scribner led a train of cars for sixth position with Idaho’s Travis Milburn in the mix for that position.
Milburn started turning up the heat as he got around Scribner for sixth on lap 24 and then overhauled Mansch for fifth on the outside on lap 32. Justin Westmoreland slowed to the pits in his first 2016 PCS start on lap 36.
The Herzog and Bischofberger battle was very physical with the drivers snaking three-wide through lapped traffic. The long 34 lap green flag run ended on lap 40 for a brief caution. Lap 41 proved to be difficult to overcome with a series of spins. Most notably Wendt suffered damage when he tangled with Strmiska.
Romero was still mired outside the top-ten and made a dramatic three-wide maneuver to try to get around JR Courage. Colby Potts suffered heavy front end damage to his Camaro and a few laps later tangled hard with Don Swartz’ Mustang for a lap 45 caution. Potts was done for the evening.
All the following restarts were single file which gave Doss a cushion over the continuing battling between Bolin and Herzog. Herzog got around on the outside for second on lap 49 to turn his attention to Doss. Mansch spun with contact from Strmiska for a lap 51 caution that set up the battle to the finish.
Herzog made his mark, diving inside Doss several times and making contact in turn four to lead lap 55. Doss charged back on the outside to lead lap 56 and would not be deterred as he drove away for a 1.7 second win ahead of Herzog, Bolin, Bischofberger, and Romero for a comeback run to fifth. Travis Milburn’s drive from 13th starting position to sixth was good enough for the Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger.
The Pacific Challenge Series continues on to round #10 on Saturday September 3rd at Stockton 99 Speedway for the third round of the Tri-Holiday Series.
-Pacific Challenge Series Press Release
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