Despite a large selection of races that has kept the Pro Late Model racers of the Southeast busy since the early spring, it has been over three months since they have made a trip to the Gulf Coast of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. But that all changes this weekend as Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL) host the second of three doubleheader weekends for the Pro Late Models in 2018.


Way back on Easter weekend it was Casey Roderick who took home the two trophies and the broom after two straight nights of domination. The one driver that was able to stay within drafting distance most of the time was Chris Davidson, who had the speed, but not the best handling to compete with the red No. 18.


“We just need to be a little better, so hopefully we can accomplish that here this weekend. We just weren’t quite good enough to get it done, the speed was there, but we got tight in the end of both races, so that’s what we got to work on,” Davidson told


Davidson is hoping to use all of Thursday evening’s test at Five Flags plus the regular practice sessions at both tracks to fine tune his No. 14 into being that race-winning car.


“We got to try and utilize it to the best of our ability and make improvements. I feel like we’re close, guys like Casey are fast everywhere they go, so they’re the ones you got to beat.”


Starting at Five Flags Friday night and ending at Mobile Saturday night, the two tracks are just about an hour apart from each other; making it an ideal weekend for teams that go the extra distance, such as Davidson, who hails from the Lone Star State.


“We love ‘em, you get two races for the price of one,” Davidson stated.  “You get to travel once, buy one hotel, it’s just four extra tires and an extra set of pit passes, for an extra race. We love it, especially coming as far as we do from Texas.”


Looking both back and ahead, Davidson now finds himself in position to make a championship bid at both of the fast, half-mile ovals. But he would rather focus on getting the trophies and checks at the end of both nights this weekend, rather than at the end of the year.


“Aw, who cares? Everybody wants those race trophies, in my opinion the championship is not as big a deal, everybody wants to win races. I’m confident that we should be in contention again. I just need to do my job and we can get it done once or hopefully twice.” will be on site at both facilities this weekend with Trackside Now coverage, first for the Allen Turner Hyundai 100 at Five Flags Speedway tonight and then at Mobile International Speedway for the 96.1 The Rocket 96 on Saturday night.


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-By: Connor Sullivan, Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT

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Davidson Getting Two Races for One During Gulf Coast Weekend