Jefferson Pitts Racing to Field Super Late Model for the 2018 Winter Showdown With 15-Year-Old Austin Herzog

Jefferson Pitts Racing to Field Super Late Model for the 2018 Winter Showdown With 15-Year-Old Austin Herzog

Press Release ( - New Port Richey, FL - Jan 31, 2018 - ​​​​​Jefferson Pitts Racing announced today that they will field a Super Late Model for the 2018 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park on February 3, 2018.   Fifteen-year-old Austin Herzog will take the seat in the number 11, Crown Homes, Herzog Roofing Ford Super Late Model. Over the last 3 years the Winter Showdown has attracted the top Super Late Model drivers in the nation, paying out over $400,000 in prize money. This year’s Showdown will keep that rich tradition alive with a record payout of $147,000 with $30,000 going to the winner.

Austin Herzog is a 15-year- old third generation stock car driver from Clovis, CA.  Herzog has already achieved major results in his short but extensive racing career.  After two productive seasons developing his skills in Mini Cups, he moved up to the Jr. Late Model Series at Madera Speedway where he won his Jr Late Model debut at just 13 years old and has gone on to win a total of six races in that series.  Herzog continued his progression by moving into the Pro Late Model division at 14 years and 2 months, leading laps in the prestigious $10,000 to win Short Track Shootout in his debut. 2017 was marked by continued success where he qualified in the top-four on five occasions in the Pro Late Model and won the series’ Rookie of the Year. Austin capped the season with a third-place finish in the Short Track Shootout, then qualified third in the Senator’s Cup Fall Classic at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring before a seventh-place finish.

“To be able to run the 2018 Winter showdown is a dream come true for me and my family.  I’m blessed to have the opportunity to drive a car for JPR, even though I have never raced at Kern County Raceway we are confident that we can qualify straight into the race. Bringing home a top ten would be a huge accomplishment for us. I want to thank Crown Homes and Herzog Roofing for helping make this dream come true” said Austin. 

Jeff Jefferson and Jerry Pitts, two championship crew chiefs of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series formed Jefferson Pitts Racing in 2015. The duo has combined for more than 70+ years of experience in every facet of racing from driving to chassis builders to championship crew chiefs. Owners Jeff Jefferson and Jerry Pitts will ​continue to make crew chief decisions for their three-car team in 2018 competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and selected races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Jefferson Pitts Racing finished 5th and 6th in owner points in 2017 the JPR Team posted 3 wins, 18 top fives’ and 30 top tens. Jerry Pitts also won the 2017 Sportsmanship Award following in the footsteps of co-owner Jeff Jefferson who won it in 2016.

Make sure to keep up to date on Austin Herzog’s racing career:




2017- 2 victories in the 51 FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series to become winningest driver in series history

2017- RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Rookie of the Year; 4th place finish in Short Track Shootout

2017- 3rd place qualifying at Senator’s Cup Fall Classic at Las Vegas Bullring

2016- 4 victories in the inaugural 51 FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series at Madera Speedway with 6 fast-times

2016- Led laps in the $10,000 to win Short Track Shootout in the Open Late Model division at 14 years old

2015- 2nd place in Mini Cup points standings

2014- 3rd place in Mini Cup points standings

Media/Sponsorship Contact:  Rod Wortham – Race Face Brand Development  
Email:  •  Ph: (727) 999-2628

Jeff Jefferson:

Jerry Pitts:

Source : Race Face Brand Development on behalf of Jefferson Pitts Racing


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