Jack Dossey III made his ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards debut this past Sunday afternoon at the famous high banks of Salem Speedway. Before the 200 lap event, Jack and the rest of the JDM crew tested the #99 Toyota at Salem, a track Jack set fast time and finished second in last year with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.
“There is a night and day difference between the JEGS Tour late models and the bigger, heavier ARCA cars,” remarked Dossey. “I learned a lot at the test. It was good we went. I think this could be big for my career and the team.”
Jack and the JDM crew went to work Saturday afternoon in practice to prep for qualifications and the Kentuckiana 200. With a few solid runs for majority of the hour and a half practice session, the crew started to settle in and begin to settle in their adjustments when a slight problem arose with the left front suspension. Into qualifying, the team had high hopes that the problem was resolved. Unfortunatly, just the few 3 laps that Jack got to feel the car during qualifying showed that there was something still causing a problem. After a night of evaluating the situation, the crew went to work the next morning and found and fixed the problem before starting the 200 lap enduro that afternoon.
At the start of the race, Jack pitted early along with the strongest competitors in the field Off pit road, Jack gained 2 positions. He indicated that the car felt really good, he was just riding it out for a few laps to save the life of his tires and prepare to make his move on the field ahead of him.
On lap 85, the No. 25 of Natalie Decker and the No. 27 of Travis Braden made contact just ahead of Jack, sending them spinning and piling up into the back stretch wall and including Jack and the No. 32 of Gus Dean. The incident left only cosmetic damage on Jacks No. 99 Toyota.
Jack did good with keeping the nose clean and making stong passes up the field when the No. 46 of Thad Moffit made heavy contact all the way down the front stretch, eventually sending Jack into the turn 1 wall and sending himself spinning. The wreck caused heavy damage to the right front suspension and the trac bar. Jack came down pit road early after the wreck, putting him a lap down. The crew patched the car back together the best they could and Jack went back out there to run with what he had. Unfortuneatly, the trac bar eventually failed and left Jack short of the checkerd flag by just a few laps. Jack took home a 17th place position.
Although it was not what the driver and team hoped for, the entire crew and Jack especially learned a lot and will be much better the next time the JDM team competes with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards at Lucas Oil Raceway in September.
Up next – Jack kicks of his season with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour at Birch Run Speedway on April 29th!