CONCORD, N.C. – Upper Lake, California’s Jeremy Doss has been on a roll so far during the early part of the 2016 racing season. The popular and promising 19-year-old driver has already scored two wins and three top-five finishes this year. He is quickly establishing himself as the next big racing star to come out of the West.
Driving the I-5 Tire Factory Pathfinder Chassis Ford Fusion owned by his father Mike and Tom Gabel, Doss scored a convincing win in the last Pacific Challenge Series (PCS) race at Ukiah Speedway on May 8 and won the feature event at Rocky Mountain Raceway in Utah on May 14.
“We’ve had a great start to the season so far,” said Doss, who began his career winning races and championships in Legends cars at Ukiah. “We were really competitive in the Winter Showdown at Kern County (finished third) and have carried that momentum through April and May.”
For Doss, the win at his Ukiah home track held special meaning. “It’s always great to win in front of family, friends, and your fans. They support us no matter what,” said Doss, the all-time winningest driver in PCS history (17 features).
After three of the scheduled 13 PCS races have been put into the record book, Doss holds a slim two-point lead over his JD Motorsports teammate Jeff Bischofberger. The former Spears Southwest Tour Rookie-of-the-Year senses that the PCS is definitely on the rise. “We were excited to join back up with the PCS this year,” said Doss. “There are several good cars at each show, there isn’t a ton of travel and the tire rules (one set of American Racers per race) are really favorable. As time goes by, I think we will see even more cars join the tour.”
Doss and his team traveled more than 700 miles to the Rocky Mountain Raceway this past weekend to compete in the first of six Super Late Model races held on that three-eighths-mile track. Once part of the venerable Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, the track is trying to bring back SLM racing to the area. The promoters offered the No. 75 team a little tow money to get them to come and the trip paid off, with Doss picking up the victory.
“Rocky Mountain is one of my favorite tracks,” said Doss. “There’s nothing like it in California. It’s got some banking, is pretty fast and the competition was tough. We look forward to going back later this season.”
This is not the only traveling Doss plans on doing this summer. He is looking forward to returning to Montana Raceway Park for the Montana 200 on July 16. Later this season, Doss and crew will head back to the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida.
Last year, Doss missed the prestigious feature event at Five Flags Speedway due to an ill-handling car. It wasn’t until the team went to the Winter Showdown at Kern County in February that they discovered the problem. “We had a left front ball joint completely seized up,” said Doss. “After the first practice at Kern County, we just about gave up and went home. But we took everything apart and found the issue. We really had to jump on it to free it, but once we did, it made all the difference in the world. It was worth having to go through all that to run as competitive as we did. We got an incredible amount of attention for bouncing back like we did.”
Perhaps the biggest thrill this season for Doss, though, has been his participation in the Kulwicki Driver Development Program. The $7,777 stipend has allowed Doss and his team to add a few more races to their schedule and bring on some additional crew help at the track.
“It’s such an honor to be a part of the program,” said Doss. “Lots of fans are asking about it and asking about Alan, too. Drivers are curious as well, especially since there have been California and Pacific Challenge Series drivers each season of the KDDP (Bryce Napier competed in 2015).”
Being a part of Kulwicki program is not Doss’ only connection to Wisconsin’s rich Super Late Model heritage. The JD Motorsports team runs a Pathfinder Chassis, built by former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Jason Schuler and Joe Wood in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. “My dad, Mike Doss, ran a Pathfinder for a long time,” said Doss. “It’s the only car I have ever driven. We have done really well with it and it’s really turned some heads out here.”
Doss and his fellow PCS competitors will be back in action at Stockton 99 Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday, May 28, the track will host the first leg of the 2016 Tri-Holiday Classic with the PCS cars, Legends of the Pacific, Stockton Late Models and Bombers all seeing action. There will be open practice for all divisions on Friday from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. Cars will hit the track on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with racing beginning at 6 p.m.
For all the latest news in short track racing, we invite you to visit Speed51.com, the official media partner of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program. Follow them on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/speed51.
-Kulwicki Driver Development Program Press Release & Photo