Dossey and Dossey ready for ARCA debut at Salem

Dossey and Dossey ready for ARCA debut at Salem

SALEM, Ind. (April 22, 2018) -- Wanamaker, Indiana's Jack Dossey III had a very productive test last week at Salem Speedway. But the real test comes today when the 19-year-old newcomer rolls off for his career-first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start in Sunday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.

Dossey will be driving the family-owned and prepared No. 99 Jack Dossey Motorsports Toyota.

"I felt great after the test," said Dossey. "I couldn't have walked away any happier."

Hopefully, Dossey will stay on the happy side after the checkered flag falls on the 103rd ARCA race at Salem since the augural show in 1955.

"Had we not tested I probably would have been out to lunch. I've gone through a lot of mental preparation to get ready for this. We learned a lot. I would not want to run my first ARCA race at Salem without testing first."

Dossey isn't going in completely blind. He raced here last year in the JEGS-CRA All-Stars Tour, winning the pole and finishing second. It's also worth noting the Dossey won the JEGS-CRA championship last year and plans on defending his crown this year.

Dossey comes from an interesting breed of racers. His father Jack Dossey, Jr. is a champion figure-8 racer, winning the prestigious World 3 Hour Figure-8 Endurance race at the Indianapolis Speedrome 6 times, officially.

"Won it eight times…got paid for 6," said Dossey, Jr. "It's a full three hours of figure-8 racing. The most I ever went non-stop was 499 laps. I've been down by eight laps and won it by two. I've also been leading with 15 minutes left and got taken out. We've had a little bit of everything happen there."

In the meantime, Dossey, Jr. has put his career on complete hold while he tends to his son's racing interests.

"We picked Salem to run his first ARCA race because he's run here before," Dossey, Jr. continued.

"We bought the car from Chad Bryant…bought two. Got the bodies from (Kevin) Cywinski and the motors from Gibbs (Racing). One of the reasons we're here is because everyone's been so helpful…from Ron Drager (ARCA President) right on down. Chad Bryant has helped me like you can't believe. If I was him, I'd of told me to go away a long time ago. The whole thing's been amazing…we're excited."

It also won't hurt that the Dosseys will have some seasoned help up on the pit box with two-time ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant serving as crew chief.

Dossey III has set some clear-cut goals for his ARCA debut at Salem.

"My goal is a solid top-five," Dossey III said. "But I wouldn't be disappointed with a top-10 and roll it back on the trailer with all the fenders on it. Nothing about this is going to be easy. There are at least 15 cars that can win this race. We just want to be there in the end for a shot."

Dossey also plans to race later this year at Lucas Oil Raceway and the Fall Classic here at Salem in September.

"We're possibly thinking about going to Berlin too…hopefully do more next year."

In addition to the three or four ARCA races Dossey's looking at this year, he plans to run the complete JEGS-CRA tour and add four or five ARCA/CRA Super Series late model events to his schedule, including the Winchester 400 and Red Bud 400 at Anderson Speedway.

Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 raceday festivities get underway Sunday morning with an on-track driver autograph session at 11:30, followed by the Great American Stock feature event at 1. Pre-race ceremonies, ARCA driver introductions and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 follow. The ARCA race is scheduled to get the green flag at 2:15 Sunday afternoon.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 is live on MAVTV Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern. Look for live timing, scoring and chat at arcaracing.com.

For ticket info, visit SalemSpeedway.com

Don Radebaugh
dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

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