The 52nd Annual Snowball Derby has turned into a bit of a throwback race for California racer Jeremy Doss. After spending most the year in the Pro Late Model scene in his home state, he will make a return to Super Late Model racing sporting an Alan Kulwicki throwback paint scheme.
In his second season participating in the Kulwicki Driver Development Program, Doss was crowned champion in what was the tightest competition in the program’s history. To honor Kulwicki and KDDP, he brought the famous “Underbird” scheme to Five Flags Speedway for the biggest short track race in the country.
“I was a part of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program and it was my final year in it, I just wanted to do something for Alan, something big to pay my respects,” Doss told Speed51.com. “It’s been an honor to be a part of the program and what better way than to bring a throwback car of his scheme to the biggest Super Late Model race of the year.”
Despite several memorable paint schemes to choose from, it was an easy choice for the 2018 SRL Southwest Tour champion. The Hooters paint scheme Kulwicki took to the 1992 NASCAR Cup Series championship has always been a look Doss has enjoyed.
“This one just kind of popped out to me. It’s his championship throwback scheme, it has always been my favorite one, so I really wanted to go to that one.”
Doss credits his experience in the Kulwicki Driver Development Program for improving him not just as a racer, but also as a person. While the success behind the wheel went up in 2019, the time spent in the community did as well, and he considers the KDDP championship a big honor.
“It’s special, I wasn’t sure where we were going to end up in the deal. The program throughout the year just made me a better person,” he stated. “Giving back to the community wasn’t something I really took part of before being in the program. It’s been an honor to give back to the community. Our racing program really stepped it up this year and we won a lot of races at the same time. It’s just special to be a part of it and it’s an honor to win the thing.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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