Since Spencer Davis moved into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East he’s come so close to taking the checkered flag, but each time it seemed that it was finally going to happen it just never did. That is until Memorial Day at Dominion Raceway. Davis beat Justin Haley to the checkered flag by inches to score his first career win in the first ever K&N East race at Dominion Raceway.
A restart with five laps to go set up a mad dash between Davis and Haley. Haley put the bumper to Davis going into turn three on the final lap to move Davis’ white No. 41 up the race track. The two teenagers slammed each other as they drag-raced to the checkered flag in a finish reminiscent of Kurt Busch and Ricky Craven at Darlington Raceway in 2003.
“It was definitely intense, man,” Davis said in victory lane. “I knew he was coming, and he knows how to win these races. I knew he was going to do whatever it takes and if I was in his shoes I’d have done the same thing. It was real rough and tough racing there at the end, but that’s short track racing. We’re going to beat and bang on each other like that. That’s awesome.”
Kyle Benjamin led the field to the green flag after winning the pole, and he appeared for much of the race to be the car to beat. Benjamin led almost the entire first 140 laps before trouble struck on a late restart.
Benjamin chose the outside, like he had ever restart prior, and had Dillon Bassett behind him. Bassett received a shove from behind and in turn gave Benjamin a shove as they came to the restart box. Benjamin went around in front of the field and collected Dillon’s older brother, Ronnie Bassett, at the entrance of turn one. Benjamin’s dominating day with the fastest race car in Spotsylvania, Virginia came to a premature end with a destroyed machine on pit road.
“We had the dominating car,” Benjamin told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “To have that happen to you really sucks. I don’t know what more you can say about him jacking us up, then me saving it, and then him turning me again. He intentionally wrecked us the second time, so you know it wasn’t an accident.”
Dillon Bassett took much of the blame for the incident, but denied that it was intentional.
“(Benjamin) never went,” Bassett said. “NASCAR said I had his tires off the ground before we even got to the box, but I don’t see how. I was getting pushed too. But they told me I did, and if I did then I guess it was my fault. It is what it is. It’s just unfortunate.”
As Benjamin crashed in turn one, Davis kept his wheels straight and drove into the lead. At that point all he had to do was hold off Haley, which proved to be a tough feat.
After Davis and Haley crossed the line, neither driver knew who won. NASCAR officials reviewed video for close to two minutes before announcing a victor. As NASCAR looked everything over, Davis did a burnout. Then he waited. And while he waited he stared out his windshield at Haley’s No. 5 machine as he too waited for the official word.
“I did a little bit of premature burnouts, but I was just so excited,” Davis said. “There’s just no better feeling. I’ve won my fair share of races and I’ve come so close here so many times. So to finally get that win is just the best thing ever.”
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ComServe Wireless 150
Dominion Raceway, Spotsylvania, Virginia
|6||6||Ruben Garcia Jr.|
|9||49||John Holleman IV|
|12||42||Jairo Avila Jr.|
|19||43||Ronnie Bassett Jr.|
|24||30||Dominique Van Wieringen|