Magic Valley Speedway - Twin Falls, ID - 4/21/12 - They don’t even have a driver’s license, but they sure know their way around the track. Last weekend Hannah Newhouse, 15, became the youngest female driver to win a NASCAR home track feature division main event race. Saturday night Jeremy Doss, also 15, became the youngest driver to capture a main event victory in a Rocky Mountain Challenge Series race.
Driving for the first time at Magic Valley Speedway, Doss, of Upper Lake, Calif., was the fastest qualifier putting up a time of 14.528 seconds around the one-third mile track. Doss went on to win his heat race but with the field inverted for the start he began the main from the 10th position in a field of 12. Driving the No. 15 car, Steve Gannon took over the lead at lap five and held the position though three restarts after cautions. Just after lap 36 Doss, who had quickly worked his way through the field began applying the pressure to the rear bumper of Gannon, finally making the pass for the lead at lap 51. Three laps later Doss had his restart skills tested after the car of Morgan Rasmussen spun to the infield but Doss continued his front-runner position. Doss’ biggest challenge towards the end of the race came from 2010 RMCS champions Steve Jones. Jones tried to reel him in as the laps ran down but Doss took the checkered flag 3.3 seconds ahead of Jones. John Nesmith, Bruce Quale and Gannon rounded out the top five of the Lonnie Lowder Memorial 75. “I’d say the hardest part of the race was getting around the 15 car,” Doss admitted. “But I couldn’t believe how good my car was sticking. The crew had it set up really well.”
Doss centers the majority of his racing at tracks near his hometown in Northern California. He got his start in go-karts but has branched out to the Legends Series and now is trying his hand at the late models. “This is his eighth time in a late model and we haven’t finished out of the top three yet – and we have three wins now,” said crew chief Dale Dodds.
In Super Stocks action, Kris McKean won his heat race and started from the front row for the 35-lap main. As the race progressed Daniel Shirley fought McKean door-to-door for several laps battling for the victory with last weekend’s main event winner Newhouse right behind. In the final rounds McKean was able pull just enough ahead to cross the finish line less than one second in front of Shirley.
Paul Browne muscled his way to the lead at lap nine and then began to pull away from the field taking his second win of the season in Street Stocks. Hailey Douglas won her first race of year in Jr. Stingers.
Rocky Mountain Challenge Series: 1. Jeremy Doss, 2. Steve Jones, 3. John Nesmith, 4. Bruce Quale, 5. Steve Gannon.
Super Stocks: 1.Kris McKean, 2. Daniel Shirley, 3. Hannah Newhouse, 4. Casey Pehrson, 5. Steve Edens. Street Stocks: 1. Paul Browne, 2. Ernie Hall, 3. Mitchell Pehrson, 4. Craig Nuthak, 5. Joshua Hunt. Jr. Stingers: 1. Hailey Douglas, 2. Justice Coates, 3. Brenden Radabaugh, 4. Riley Browne.