Spencer Davis is gearing up for a busy weekend at the Last Great Colosseum during the month of May. Davis, who was recently announced as the 30th overall pick in the 2018 PFC Short Track Draft on Speed51.com, will be pulling double-duty during the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, May 18-20.
So far in 2018, Davis has taken a more behind-the-scenes role in short track racing, just racing a pair of times this season in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events for car owner Danny Watts, while also maintaining his part-time schedule with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
With the month of May now here, Davis is set to make his first starts in both Super and Pro Late Model competition this year. He'll compete in both the Super Late Model (Southern Super Series, CARS Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series) and Pro Late Model (JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour) portions of the weekend at the historic Tennessee oval.
“I'm excited because I'll be racing again instead of working on race cars for the most part it seems like,” Davis told Speed51.com. “Last time I raced a Late Model would have to be the Snowball Derby.
“It's going to be great to get back to Super Late Model racing; we were hoping to do some earlier in the year. I don't know if you could call it an issue, just really a change of plans. We have to get our personal stuff ready to run, we're running our family cars in these races.”
Davis is bringing proven, but refreshed race cars for both the Pro and Super Late Model portions of the second running of the Short Track U.S. Nationals. He feels that Bristol is just the challenge they need.
“Bristol is a heck of a place to run, especially a fully rebuilt car,” David admitted. “It's all new parts and no excuses to break, especially with Bond Suss and his guys working on the car as well as myself. We'll be prepared.”
Bristol is a track that Davis is quite familiar with, making a single start there on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and multiple starts in K&N East, including just a month ago. He is also prepared for whatever condition the track surface will bring, having raced on both the bare concrete and the PJ1 compound.
“I'm excited to go back to Bristol for the second time this year,” he said. “Just ran the K&N race there and ran real strong, had a really good outing. I think we'll be even better especially with the Super Late Model stuff. All the track time I've had is going to help me for whatever they've got. I've raced there with the TrackBite and without it. We'll see what happens.”
This will be Davis’ first time attending the Short Track U.S. Nationals. While circumstances are aligning for him this year, it is the overall event organization that is bringing them along this year, with Pro Late Model practice, qualifying and racing all on Friday, May 18 and Super Late Model activity on May 19 and 20.
“The scheduling is a lot better this year and it's partially why we're coming this year,” Davis stated. “It's easier on us, it's not so rough, you get more effective time than wasted time. That's big, considering everyone that works on short track teams have normal jobs, most of them work during the week. I think it's going to be really nice, plus we'll be racing the same time each day, so that will help out too.”
As for both his racecars, while they have been freshened up, they have already proven themselves on another fast half-mile, Five Flags Speedway.
“The Pro car should have a real shot, we finished second with it at the Snowflake. It's a one-race-old rebuilt car. The Super is our car from the 2015 Snowball Derby that again is freshly rebuilt. Both motors are fresh in them. We've had plenty of time to work on them to get them ready, especially with Bond overseeing everything; he's really tedious with what he does.”
Of course, Davis expects to have a shot at winning both 100-lap races. Naturally, hardly anything would beat a Bristol win.
“It would be really, really cool; everyone wants to win at Bristol. Whether it's in a Late Model, Mini Stock, whatever. A real big event like the Short Track Nationals would be really cool.”
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-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
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