Jeremy Doss Motorsports rebounded from his first loss at Kern County Raceway Park to take “SPEARS Pro Late Model Series presented by Sigma Performance Services” win number six of the season at Irwindale Speedway Saturday night. Doss drew the pole position and led all 60 laps on the inner 1/3-mile to extend his championship lead over Dylan Zampa, who crossed the line second in the Spears Manufacturing 60 presented by OPTIMA Batteries”. Doss took home $3,000 for his efforts.
The Pro Late Models drew a season low 13 cars, with the season opener at Orange Show Speedway just an hour away. But qualifying showed a tight field of competitive cars, with Dylan Zampa earning Fast Time honors with a 15.244 second lap. All car qualified within a half second with Doss second quick followed by Cole Brown, Tyler Reif, Jake Bollman, Logan Zampa, Mike Lovell, and Christian Bazen the redraw participants.
Doss drew the pole followed by Logan Zampa, Dylan Zampa, Christian Bazen, Jake Bollman, Tyler Reif, Cole Brown and Mike Lovell. Upon the green flag, Doss jumped to an immediate lead with Logan Zampa able to squeeze in front of his brother, on the inside groove, to maintain second. Kyle Meyer was the man on the move as he moved to fourth from ninth starting by lap 15. At the same time Dylan Zampa got under his brother Logan to take the runner-up spot. Meyer continued his move getting under Logan a few laps later for third.
Seth Wise was also on the move, coming from 11th starting to fourth by lap 37 and began to close on third-place Kyle Meyer, as Doss continued to lead by over two seconds. Wise closed on the bumper of Meyer by lap 50, as they navigated lapped traffic. On lap 56, Meyer closed on the battle for eighth between Mike Lovell and Cole Brown. As they exited turn four on lap 57, Meyer and Lovell made contact in the three-wide battle sending Lovell into a spin. With Lovell spinning, Meyer moved by on the inside, while Seth Wise moved to the outside. The two made contact in Turn 1, sending Wise into the outside wall with Meyer spinning into the infield, ending both of their fine runs.
The ensuing restart saw Doss pull away to a two-car advantage where he took the checkered flag for his sixth win of the season. Dylan Zampa held off his brother Logan for second with Tanner Reif beating his younger brother Tyler for fourth.
In Victory Lane, Doss was happy with his car and for those who supported him.
“It all helps when you have a really good racecar”, Doss stated. “We have been fortunate to have good racecars all year. It was really, really good tonight and it was really consistent. I couldn’t do it without the JD Motorsports crew and I’m thankful for all their hard work. All my sponsors S&S Sports Enterprises, Senneker Performance, Horsepower Project, Kulwicki Driver Development Program, and everyone who is on-board with this deal.”
Dylan came up one spot short of the win and needed just a little more to get to Doss.
Our car was really good, but we were lacking some drive off”, Zampa explained. “Jeremy’s car had a lot off drive off, but congrats to him on the win. We will be back and stronger than ever at the next race.”
That next race will be at Stockton 99 Speedway on August 14th. The will join the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, who will be racing for a possible $27,500 on the historic ¼-mile short track.
Finishing Order: 1.
1. Jeremy Doss, 2. Dylan Zampa, 3. Logan Zampa, 4. Tanner Reif, 5. Tyler Reif, 6. Jake Bollman, 7. Cole Brown, 8. Andy Allen, 9. Mike Lovell, 10. Christian Bazen, 11. Kyle Meyer, 12. Seth Wise, 13. Tegan Harlan