After winning the 2017 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship, Indianapolis’ Jack Dossey III returned to full-time All-Stars Tour competition, looking to defend his crown and pick up an elusive series win.
When the 2018 season concluded on Winchester 400 weekend in October, Dossey finished ahead of his championship competitors and became the first driver to win back-to-back JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championships since the series began in 2011.
Dossey’s season did not start out the way he wanted it to. He had strong cars at the non-points event at CRA SpeedFest in Georgia, and the series’ first two races at Birch Run Speedway (MI) and Bristol Motor Speedway at the Short Track U.S. Nationals, but the end results did not show what their team showed.
“The season started rough for us,” Dossey told Speed51.com. “We had a strong run at Crisp Motorsports Park for SpeedFest and we spun out late, and drove back to a top ten. We also had a good car at the first All-Stars race at Birch Run but we got involved in a scuffle early in the race and that ruined our day. Bristol seemed to be promising and our car showed speed throughout the weekend, but when it came time to pounce on the leader, we had a clutch failure. That was a very hard blow to the team and I.”
After Bristol, Dossey’s team hit their stride, starting with a third-place finish at the Masters of the Pros 200 at Birch Run in a strong field that included the likes of Bubba Pollard and Jeff Choquette. The next two races saw similar success, finishing fourth at Salem Speedway (IN), followed by another third-place finish at Baer Field Motorsports Park (IN).
The bad luck came back for Dossey as the “Chase” for the championship began. Dossey suffered a hard wreck at Berlin Raceway (MI) in August, then a cut tire ended what was a dominant run at Winchester Speedway (IN) on Labor Day weekend.
After a solid run at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN), Dossey locked himself into the championship four for the championship race at Winchester Speedway during Winchester 400 weekend. After a third-place finish, his team claimed the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship for the second year in a row.
“We had some good runs and finishes after that,” Dossey said. “Heartbreak struck again at Winchester on Labor Day weekend after we cut a tire and hit the wall while leading. I felt like we redeemed ourselves at Lucas Oil after setting fast time and finishing in the top ten to get us into the Chase. We had a great run Winchester 400 weekend, making it possible to claim the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour title as ours for a second consecutive season.”
In a series that has seen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Hemric be champions, Dossey has done something neither them or any other driver has done, win consecutive JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championships. Dossey says he would not be able to do it without his team.
“It’s a great feeling, knowing the blood, sweat, and tears paid off,” Dossey said. “I truly believe I have the best, hard-working team in the country. I have full confidence we can pull through and accomplish anything we attempt. The 2018 season was full of ups and downs, good racing, and great times with amazing people.”
As for 2019 plans, Dossey said the plan is to compete full-time in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, but plans are not set in stone. Whatever the team ends up doing in the 2019 racing season, the goal remains the same.
“Try to get some wins and possibly another championship too.”
-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com Regional Editor (Indiana and Michigan) – Twitter: @KGeyer3
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