Returning to Anderson Speedway for the last time in 2015, Jack Dossey III used the same skill that earned him a track championship at the quarter-mile facility to end his season with a victory.
After a three-hour rain delay, Dossey set quick time on the night and overcame a three-car invert to claim the McGunegill Engine Late Model 75.
With only six vehicles entered in the event, Dossey appeared to be a heavy favorite. However, the Knightstown, Indiana driver would find Saturday’s race to be one of his most challenging on the year.
Starting in third, Dossey quickly worked his way to second-place in the opening laps. By lap 10, the young driver found himself challenging pole-sitter Danny Trent for the lead.
However, Trent would prove hard to pass. The Martinsville, Indiana native maintained the outside line and powered out of each turn as Dossey looked to gain ground on the inside.
The battle between the two would rage on until lap 43, when an impatient Dossey applied the bumper to the leader. Trent was sent up by the wall in turn three and that allowed third-place Greg Van Alst to slip into second.
After conserving his tires as the leaders fought for position, Van Alst quickly closed in on Dossey to battle for the lead. The final 25 laps of the event would come down to a battle between the two successful drivers. Van Alst dove to the inside of Dossey, only to have the door closed on him each time.
Van Alst would continue to stalk Dossey throughout the closing stages of the race, but chose not to bump the young shoe in the final laps. Dossey to held on to the victory by a car-length at the line.
“They made me earn this one,” said Dossey in victory lane. “The car wasn’t really where is was supposed to be. I had to work really hard for that one, but I’m proud to get the victory for this team.”
When asked about the contact for the race lead, Dossey chocked the incident up as an accident.
“I got into Danny (Trent) a little bit; didn’t mean to,” said Dossey. “I got up under him, and the car just did what it wanted to do. I feel really bad for getting into him.”
Dossey’s plans for next year will again include competing at Anderson Speedway, but fans may find that they won’t see him as often.
“We’ll be back about once a month, but I’m not for sure on running a whole season,” said Dossey.
Story By: Aaron Bearden, Correspondent, Speed51.com – Twitter: @AaronBearden93
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