Doss Looks for Redemption at All-Star Showdownadmin
2018 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series Champion Jeremy Doss Motorsports is hoping to have a break-through weekend at Irwindale Speedway’s “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown” event this February 6th. Doss will be looking for some degree of redemption from last year’s Showdown effort, after two late race incidents prevented him for scoring victories in both the Pro Late Model and Spears Modified Series events. The two near misses are definitely something on Doss’ mind, as he returns to compete in the Super Late Model, Pro Late Model and possibly Modified.
“I’ll definitely be shooting for redemption”, Doss replied. “I’ll want to win just as much as any other race, but with all the tough luck I’ve experienced at Irwindale, winning will make it that much sweeter.”
The 2019 Kulwicki Driver Development Champion is 0 for 4 in his SRL Super Late Model, when it comes to wins at the ½-mile track. He does have one SPEARS Modified Series win, but that came at the facilities inner 1/3-mile. Despite the lack of wins on the ½-mile, Doss has never finished outside the top-five, in seven touring series starts. But it was his Pro Late Model defeat, on the 1/3-mile last year, that had to be the most frustrating near-miss of all. Jeremy Doss led with two laps remaining, but contact from Cole Williams sent Doss into the spin cycle, as Williams avoided a stalled car. The result was a seventh-place finish and a bitter disappointment for the two-time Pacific Challenge Series Champion.
Doss will now return to the division he is most familiar with. But as of late, he has had minimal starts in the Super Late Model. Doss’ last SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series event was in April of 2019. It was an event that he won at ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY – ROSEVILLE CA, in front of five-time series champion Derek Thorn. Doss has attended two Snowball Derbies since then, qualifying seventh and finishing 12th in last December’s event. He will be in his same Senneker Race Car that he debuted at the Snowball Derby. And with the additional laps on the car, he is confident that they will be a threat to bring home the $30,000 prize, despite his recent absence from the division.
“I’m super excited about being in back in a Super Late Model”, Doss exclaimed! Even though we’ve had limited starts in the past couple years, I think we will still be right in the hunt. We’ve always been in contention at Irwindale, but always seem to have a little bad luck. Getting my first Super Late Model win at Irwindale, in such a big race, would be really special.”
The 2020 SPEARS Modified Series Champion will certainly be a driver who will garner the attention of his fellow competitors. The driver from Upper Lake, CA has been a favorite, in each of the three divisions participating in the All-Star Showdown weekend. With his history in the Pro Late Models over the last several seasons, sweeping the biggest races in Idaho last summer, and winning the championship in the “Race 2B Drug Free Big 3” series at Madera Speedway, he will undoubtedly be a threat to win the $15,000 winners share in that event.
His Modified efforts have been equally impressive, winning six of nine career starts in the SPEARS Modified Series, and the 2020 championship. If Doss is able to compete in that event, he will unquestionably be a threat to take home the $5,000 winner’s share as well. All told, the West Coast star could bring home $50,000 for the weekend, while notching the biggest weekend of his already successful career. Can he do it? Only time will tell for the 24-year-old racer.
To get to the track, and be a threat to win, it takes a team effort from the JD Motorsports crew, as well as the financial support of his sponsors. Doss is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of his Super Late Model at Irwindale and is thankful for those who are helping to make it happen.
“I’d like to thank my parents, Mike & Denise Doss, for giving me the opportunity to race a Super Late Model again”, Doss stated. “Also, my crew chief Duane Sharp & the JD Motorsports crew. I would really like to thank our sponsors: S&S Sports Enterprises, Earnest Performance, Senneker Performance, PFC Brakes, Swift Springs, Horsepower Project, Pit Stop USA, Joe’s Racing Products, Franks Radios, Pacific Export LLC & Speedy Signs!”
Thanks to Bob Bruncatti, the 2021 “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown” will pay $30,000 to the winner of the 200-lap feature event at Irwindale Speedway on February 6th. For those unable to attend, the event will be shown live at www.SpearsRacing.TV and on a delayed basis on MAVTV. Derek Thorn was the winner of the 2020 version, followed by Preston Peltier, Jack Wood, Dylan Lupton and Linny White. More details on the event will be announced in the coming weeks, as the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series gets set to kick off its 21st season of competition.
Celebrating its twenty-first season in 2021, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.