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Jeremy Doss leads laps in first Snowball Derby start

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They knew Jeremy Doss was there.

It wasn’t the primary goal for the No. 75 team of course, but it was a successful overall trip for a group based out of Upper Lake, California. The 20-year-old finished 13th, but that wasn’t indicative of the kind of speed they had over the course of the entire weekend.

Long run speed is ultimately what cost Doss a chance at the win.

Doss spent the near entirety of the race just outside the top-5 and even led shortly after Lap 100.

“We had a really good the whole, weekend, ran top-5 most of the day and honestly, I think something in the rear end broke,” Doss said. “We were burning up the right rear tires and the left rear look brand new.

“It’s tough but I can’t complain with 13th in my first Snowball Derby.”

That’s especially true concerning he didn’t even make the show when he made the trip to the Florida Gulf Coast two years ago. The biggest difference besides experience was the addition of veteran crew chief Rich Lushes.

“He was a lot of help,” Doss said. “I think we learned a lot from him calling the shots.”

Now Doss embarks back on a 1,500-mile, 37-hour drive back home to California. He hopes to be back next year, but currently plans on another championship campaign in the SPEARS Southwest Tour.

“I want to come back next year and do more races out east, but it’s not in the budget,” he said. “Hopefully, having runs like this attract some partners and we can do this more often.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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