Some of the best drivers from around the southeast will converge at Five Flags Speedway for the second race of the Blizzard Series season on Friday night, as the road to the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby continues. The Blizzard Series races allow drivers in and out of the region to get track time in race conditions prior to the Snowball Derby. One racer from the Midwest will take advantage of that opportunity for the first time Friday.
Two-time defending JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion and ARCA/CRA Super Series regular Jack Dossey III will make his Blizzard Series debut Friday night at the half-mile speed plant. The Wanamaker, Indiana driver made his Snowball Derby debut last December, racing his way in as the final transfer spot from the Last Chance Qualifier. He is using Friday night’s race as preparation for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby.
“We just want to be as prepared for the Snowball Derby as we can,” Dossey told Speed51.com. “The only way to do that is to go run some races there and get used to the track.”
Dossey finished 17th in last year’s Derby, gaining knowledge of the track in the process. He hopes to gain even more knowledge as his own crew chief Friday night.
“It’s a really tough racetrack on your tires and you just got to be there at the end of the race,” he said. “We’re going to try a couple different things. It’s going to be my first race down there as my own crew chief and we’re just going to go down there and try to run as good as we can and hopefully get a good notebook setup for this December.”
With making the trip south for Friday night’s Southern Super Series race at Five Flags, he will most likely skip Saturday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Flat Rock Speedway (MI), where he has already locked himself into their Championship Chase by virtue of his win at Anderson two months ago. He currently sits second in the points standings.
“I don’t think we’re going to try and go to Flat Rock in Michigan this weekend, I think we’re going to skip that one,” he stated about his weekend plans. “It would just be tough on me and the guys to make the trip all the way back north for another race the next day. I’m kind of hoping the weather plays out and maybe it continues to rain up north and we’ll be able to make that race another time.”
After working with Gary St. Amant over the past several seasons, he became his own crew chief to take on the new year. After a top-10 run at the Rattler 250 in his first race as his own crew chief, he won his first-career ARCA/CRA Super Series race at his home track of Anderson Speedway. April’s win gave him and his team a boost of momentum that has carried him to Friday night’s race.
“That win at Anderson gave us a lot of confidence, not only me as a driver, but me as a crew chief and for the whole team as one single unit,” he said. “We feel like we can run competitively with the best in the country and so far this year, we’ve had some really good runs and there really hasn’t been a light field that we’ve ran with. We’re going to have some really good competition this weekend down at Five Flags.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said about being his own crew chief. “I’ve leaned on Terry Senneker quite a bit. We’ve been working pretty well together and I couldn’t be having much more fun than I’m having right now.”
The goal for Friday night’s Blizzard Series race will remain the same for Dossey as it always has. With the quality of competition expected, a good run would be big for him as he chases an ARCA/CRA Super Series championship back in the Midwest and a spot in the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby.
“It’s the same goal as always. We just want to have some fun and run competitively against the best in the country.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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