The SPEARS Modified Series had a familiar name in Victory Lane in the “Lucas Oil 75 presented by FLUIDYNE High Performance” at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV). But that familiar name was known for his exploits in the Super Late Models, and not the Modifieds. Jeremy Doss jumped into the Eddie Wilcox No. 75 Modified and dominated the event, taking the lead on lap eight and never looking back, despite a plethora of cautions.
“Eddie (Wilcox) came over last night, and wanted me to practice his car”, Doss recalled. “We ended up being pretty fast. It was a bad-fast car, and we ended up being fastest in practice. We put it on the Pole, and we were able to walk away with it. I’ve gotta thank Eddie Wilcox for the opportunity to let me drive his car. It’s pretty cool to have my first opportunity to start in the SRL Modified Series, and get a win.”
Doss earned the PFC Brakes Zero Drag Fast Time Award, turning a lap of 15.118 seconds on the 3/8-mile oval, beating Scott Winters 15.178 second effort. With the top-eight redraw for position, Winters drew the #1 card with “Fast” Eddie Secord lined up alongside. Doss drew the number three with Shelby Stroebel, Payton Saxton, Lynn Hardy, Dylan Cappello and Ryan Partridge rounding out the redraw participants.
Scott Winters jumped to a quick lead, but Doss moved to the lead by lap eight. Doss, Winters and Secord ran in formation through a lap 27 caution. Upon the restart, Cappello was able to advance to the third-place position, through several additional cautions. Another caution on lap 41 would advance Cappello up to the second position, with Partridge now up to fourth, behind Winters. A lap 50 yellow saw the end of fine runs for Shelby Stroebel and Clint Schubert, when the three-wide battle for fifth, with Secord, saw the Stroebel retire and Schubert pit for repairs.
The lap 50 restart found Doss continuing to lead Cappello, Winters, Partridge and Secord. The battle between Winters and Cappello waged on, until Winters finally wrestled the position back from Cappello. The final caution flew on lap 71, which set the stage for a wild four-lap finish. The restart saw contact between Winters and Cappello, causing Winters to spin and Cappello to lose positions to Partridge and Secord, with Partridge three-wide at one point. The move earned Partridge the FLUIDYNE High Performance “Cool Move of the Race”.
Doss would cross the finish line in dominating fashion, with Partridge second, followed by Secord, Cappello, William Guevara, Kyle Keller, 2019 Rookie of the Year Travis McCullough, Jentry Pisca, Al Jones and Clint Schubert rounding out the top-10.
Prior to the start of the feature, Cappello had clinched the championship. The fourth-place finish tied his worst finish of the season . The Rookie of the Year battle went down to the last lap, as Travis McCullough scored the award by two points over Kyle Keller.
After the race, Doss reflected on the cautions, and the biggest challenge for him throughout the race.
“It took a couple of laps to get going, but the car was pretty stout, and we were able to get the lead. I was trying to save, but it is pretty hard to tell how much to save, and how much everyone else is saving. I just did what I’m pretty good at, and was making sure I wasn’t burning the tires off. The restarts are tough, and this thing has a lot of power, so I was trying not to spin the tires on the restart. I knew once we would get through one and two, we could pretty much walk away with it.”
The 2019 Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Champion was thankful for his sponsors and supporters that made this race, and his season possible.
“I want to thank Eddie, STR, Swift Springs, Horsepower Project, Kulwicki Driver Development Program, and everyone who helped out this weekend, it was pretty special.”
Ryan Partridge was happy to come out of the event with a second-place finish, after being resolved to finish in fourth.
“It was an interesting race to say the least”, Partridge began. “We pulled an invert of eight. I’m glad we don’t play the tables in Vegas, because I have horrible luck with numbers. We started eighth and we picked at them hear and there. We got up to fourth and kinda settled in there. I got lucky there at the end, when Winters and Cappello got together, and kind of gifted me with second place. I’m not picky, and I’ll take ‘um anyway I can get ‘um.”
Partridge continued, “I’ve gotta thank Steve Latina, Sunrise Ford, and all the guys and girls that work on the car. I’m glad we’re out here having fun in Vegas.”
The next event for the SPEARS Modified Series will be in 2020. Stay tuned for the 2020 schedule, to be released when finalized in the near future.
Unofficial Finish: 1. Jeremy Doss, 2. Ryan Partridge, 3. Eddie Secord, 4. Dylan Cappello, 5. William Guevara, 6. Kyle Keller*, 7. Travis McCullough*, 8. Jentry Pisca, 9. Al Jones, 10. Clint Schubert, 11. Jeff Longman, 12. Scott Winters, 13. Rosalee Weller, 14. Matt Egley, 15. Sierra Furia, 16. Mike Lovell, 17. Lynn Hardy, 18. Shelby Stroebel, 19. Payton Saxton, 20. Doug Carpenter, 21. Aaron Coonfield, 22. Scott Osborne, 23. Donovan Barr*, 24. Jonathon Hull, 25. Ryan Schartau, 26. Dylan Caldwell, 27. Alex Malycke, 28. Larry Hull, 29. Landon Birney.
-SRL Press Release & Photo