Sunday, October 9, 2016

Doss Wins Fall Spectacular

By Matthew J. Sullivan

Upper Lake, California racer, Jeremy Doss took the big late model win in the Fall Spectacular 100 Sunday afternoon at Redwood Acres Raceway. It was Doss' second victory in the Fall Spectacular, his first coming in the 2012 running of the event. 22 drivers started the 100-lap event which featured many of the top late model drivers in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Doss' run through the field

Originally, Jeremy Doss was not scheduled to appear at Redwood Acres Raceway until Sunday. Pre-race tech issues at Madera Speedway disallowed him from participating in the late model events at that track on Saturday. Doss and his team travelled more than 400 miles from Madera to Eureka. While Doss was unable to participate in qualifying for the Fall Spectacular, he did show up in time to race in the first qualifying heat. Doss finished the heat fourth without any practice which gave him the 14th starting position for Sunday's race.

Doss' run through the field was both smooth and quick as he was able to get to the top five in the opening stanza of the event. By lap 30, Doss was in the lead after making a fantastic three-wide pass on both David Miller and Junior Roddy. Doss never lost the top spot from that moment on.

Walker snake-bit in Spectacular

Fan favorite, Jim Walker started the 100-lap race in the third position much to the delight of the partisan hometown crowd. Unfortunately issues forced Walker's famous blue 48 into the pits near the 1/3 portion of the race. The Fall Spectacular has been an event that has eluded the racing legend. Walker's best finish in the race came in the 1992 running where he finished third.

No rust for Roddy

For the first time since May of 2015, Junior Roddy was behind the wheel of a race car. The Gualala, CA veteran showed no signs that he'd been away as he was a contender for the victory from the drop of the green flag. Roddy was able to avoid serious issues when an early incident damaged his car to put the heat on David Miller who led the opening portion of the 100-lap event. Roddy did all he could to hang with Doss in the final part of the race but was not able to do so.

White comes from the rear

Brandon White won the Firecracker 100 event at the Acres earlier in 2016 and was one of the favorites to take the Fall Spectacular win. An early incident damaged White's car which forced him to pit and start at the tail end of the field. White methodically raced his way through the pack and ultimately got to third.

Miller recovers to finish fourth

Two-time Spectacular champ, David Miller looked to be the man to beat in the early going as he led the opening quarter of the race. A long run appeared to do Miller in as his car faded from the lead all the way outside of the top five. Several caution periods allowed Miller to cool his tires and bring the handling back to his car.

Underdog Henderson finishes fifth

For only the second time in 2016, veteran Acres racer, David Henderson partook in a late model event. Whereas Henderson previously filled the role as a substitute driver for Mic Moulton, the Fortuna, CA native was driving his own car for the first time this season. Henderson fought handling issues Saturday but Sunday his car seemed to be more in tune as he had a stellar race and a somewhat surprising fifth place finish.

A full, detailed report of all the action at Redwood Acres Raceway during the Fall Spectacular weekend will be posted soon on