Eleven-year-old Greenfield stock car driver wins adult race league competition

  • Jake Bosse, 11, of Greenfield won the Monadnock Speedway Pure Stock race on Saturday, June 5. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/14/2021 3:43:09 PM

The newest driver in Monadnock Speedway’s Pure Stock series is just 11 years old, but Jake Bosse of Greenfield hasn’t let his age slow him down, and he’s winning in the stock car race series usually reserved for adult drivers.

Bosse beat all comers at the Swanzey track on June 5, holding off a late push from 50-year-old Chris Davis to win the Pure Stock series race.

“It was shocking,” Bosse said, “but it was funny and awesome at the same time because I wasn’t expecting to be out there beating guys triple my age.”

Tanya Bosse of Greenfield said her son has been riding “things with motors” since he was 2½ years old, honing his driving skills with the family’s two-seat utility vehicle on their dirt driveway.

“His biggest thing is that he has incredible car control,” Tanya said, “and we attribute it to that he’s been driving this side-by-side fast on our long dirt driveway, taking it sideways on purpose, and it allows him to run a loose race and loose is fast. When he’s on the racetrack, everyone’s always commenting on how smooth he is on the wheel.”

Back in 2018, when Bosse was just eight years old, he started setting records at the Little T Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut, on the low-to-the-ground quarter-midget car circuit. Over the course of two years on the junior circuit, Bosse set three track records and won the LT 160, world formula and regional championship races. He moved up to the senior division in 2020 and won that too, and the family knew it was time for a bigger challenge.

With help from dad Jared, who owns Milford Autoworks, Bosse secured a stock car, complete with sponsorships from Barrington Allmakes and Mamo and Bump (Bosse’s grandparents), and teamed with Monadnock Speedway to rejuvenate the racetrack’s dormant youth race series, Young Guns. Bosse raced twice in his age group to start the summer of 2021, won both races, and again needed a greater challenge.

Having seen Bosse in action, Speedway staff approved him to move up into the Pure Stock series at just 11 years old; as of now, Bosse has never finished outside the top 10 against adult competition and won his most recent entry. 

“It’s a very steady process,” Bosse said, “but I feel like I’m getting better as each race goes by, and I’m gaining confidence every race.”

Since he started the Pure Stock races partway through the season, Bosse is unlikely to reach his goal of a season championship this summer, no matter how well he races; he’s got his eyes on the crown for the summer of 2022. Beyond that, he said NASCAR racing is a potential future goal. “At the same time, I have a big pursuit of backcountry snowmobiling out west,” Bosse said. At just 11 years old, he doesn’t have to lock down his eventu al career just yet.


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