Still a month shy of his 20th birthday, Spencer Davis has seen enough action and run races that many race car driver can only dream about. The year 2018 has been no different, with the Dawsonville, GA driver dividing time between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
But through all that time, Davis has been eager to return to his Late Model roots, and in less than two weeks he will get his chance in one of biggest and longest Super Late Model shows of the year, the All American 400. Joining the best in SLM racing on the high-banks of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), Davis is confident that he will be right back to speed, even though it will be the first time he has been in a Late Model since the Snowball Derby in December 2017.
“Definitely looking forward to getting back in our family owned Super Late Model for the All-American 400,” Davis told Speed51.com. “I’ve been racing Super and Pro Late Models most of my life, just because I haven’t been in one this year with working on the K&N car for Danny Watts racing, doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten how to do it. It’s a race car, I race so many different things I don’t think it will take any time to adjust, especially with the success I’ve had at Nashville. It’s going to be a ‘right at home’ feeling.”
While the chance to race K&N cars for Danny Watts and the Trucks part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports has been the opportunity of a lifetime, Davis is excited for the chance to take on the SLM aces that have helped toughen him up over the last six years.
“It’s been a fun year in K&N and it’s been a blast to chase my dreams in the Trucks, but its going to be great to go Late Model racing. I’ve been trying to do it all year and just haven’t been able to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Glad we can pull together a car out of the shop. I’m looking forward to getting able to race guys that I’ve raced against since I was a rookie. Bubba Pollard, Donnie Wilson, and so many good guys, some of the best competition out there.”
A veteran of five All American 400’s, Davis has the mind of veteran when it comes to this legendary race, which combined with his youth and enthusiasm, will make for a tough mix when comes to his competition.
“These long races, you got to be physically ready and have the right mentality to go out there for 400 laps,” Davis explained. “Like the any kind of race, the last thirty laps truly matter so you got to go out there with the right mindset, planning weeks prior to the race. It’s going to be tough like it always is, but we fared very well last year, so I don’t think it will be much different this year.”
Davis’ enthusiasm goes beyond the race, with Nashville being a site where he cut his teeth as a kid running Pro Late Models in the track’s own headline division. That experience helped to give him a wealth of knowledge, which he hopes to turn into a long-awaited win in 2018.
“It’s a big, fast, multi-groove track and it’s got the characteristics of a worn-out track. It’s a unique place which I’ve always liked. You like tracks that you have had success at, and I’ve had a lot of success at Nashville in the track’s Pro Late Model division. I’ve done really well in the Super, I got my second ever Super Late Model start in the All-American in 2012 and we ran well. We came up one spot short last year, so it’s all the reason to keep going back.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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