There have been a number of drivers in the short track ranks of the Southeast that have been able to move up the ladder at a steady and speedy pace in recent years. One of those drivers is Mooresville, North Carolina native Tal Davidson, who will be taking the next step up the racing ladder this upcoming season.
In a span of five seasons, this up-and-coming racer has gone from racing Bandoleros in the Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, through the Super Truck ranks of the Southeast, and is now preparing to make his Late Model Stock Car debut on the CARS Tour in 2016.
“We want to run on the CARS Tour so we can race against drivers like Josh Berry, all these veteran teams and drivers just to get some seat time and experience, hopefully get noticed,” explained Davidson at CARS media day.
For the past two seasons Davidson dabbed in the ranks of Super Truck racing both at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) and most recently on the Southeast Super Trucks Series running at different tracks in the Southeast.
Davidson ran the full schedule for the Southeast Super Trucks in 2015, recording a season’s best third-place finish at Kingsport Speedway (TN) in May. He would eventually finish eighth in the season points standings.
Despite the experience in the bigger Super Trucks, Davidson admits it is still going to take some getting used to from many standpoints.
“It is a big jump,” he said. “It’s a family team just trying to find sponsorship and move up through the ranks.”
Davidson has gotten off to a head start prior to making his CARS debut on Saturday, running two Late Model Stock races at Hickory and coming home with a top-10 finish in his second start.
He and his team explored some other options as the next step up the racing ladder, but ultimately decided that the CARS Tour was the best spot in order to move forward.
“We were looking at some other series, but really think CARS Tour is getting really popular, really fast, and it’s the place to be,” Davidson stated.
Davidson will join up with the CARS Late Model Stock Tour for the first time on Sunday, April 3, as the tour opens the curtain on the 2016 racing season at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC).
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, LI, MA) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Ashli Gene Photography