Jeremy Davis didn’t expect to need his passport this past weekend, but it was a good thing he had it.
Davis of Tamworth, New Hampshire put together a last minute deal on Thursday to drive Dan Colby’s No. 06 north of the border at Autodrome Montmagny (QC) during Saturday’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North 150. That deal was one that paid off in a big way, as Davis led flag-to-flag to score his first career PASS North win.
“It’s great. It feels awesome,” Davis told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I wasn’t really expecting it I guess. Nobody really ever expects it, but I just really did the same thing I’ve been doing the whole time and it worked out this time.”
The car Davis piloted was previously a Late Model driven by Colby at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH). It was converted to a Super Late Model in recent years but only had been raced a handful of times.
“I always used to race against him (Colby); it’s one of Dale’s (Shaw) cars,” Davis explained. “He wasn’t sure if he could get it done. He wanted to see if the car was still good, so he called and asked if I would drive it. We were trying to get more cars to go to Canada and I said sure. That was on Thursday I think.
“It’s really about the same vintage as my old car. It’s almost identical to it. You never know really. I have that new car and I don’t think it goes as good as my old one. I know that a lot of them are all about the same.”
Two-time Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin, current points leader Mike Rowe, Ben Rowe and Donald Theetge completed the top-five.
Davis started from the pole position and led all 150 laps, but the win wasn’t as easy as it may have looked on paper. He had to fend off strong challenges from Benjamin and Theetge in order to stay out in front and eventually end up in victory lane.
“It was real close at the start. That car is like mine and has a stock crate in it,” Davis stated. “Those guys up there, every Canadian there, I think had the biggest built motor I’ve ever seen. Travis’ is no slouch either and all of those guys had big power.
“That place had long, long straightaways. My car could roll the middle good and drive good, but I was lacking some power. I had to really get up on the wheel on the start. Probably the first 50 laps Travis didn’t let me get away at all. He was all over the back bumper.
“We had the restart I think on lap 50. I think Theetge got by Travis and he pressured me for a while. He was all over the back bumper for almost the next 50 laps and then all of those big motor cars started fading pretty quick.”
After a dominating performance on the track, Davis’ only struggle of the night occurred in victory lane as he attempted to uncork a battle of champagne as part of the victory lane tradition north of the border.
“I wasn’t very good at it,” Davis said about his (lack of) uncorking skills. “I couldn’t get it open. I was terrible.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Norm Marx/Pro All Stars Series
PASS 150 Unofficial Results
Autodrome Montmagny – August 8, 2015
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