CHARLOTTE, NC (April 30) – Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway will see its share of firsts next Friday night as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models make their return to the Volunteer State for the first time since 2012. The Daniel Boone Classic will be the first time PASS has ever raced at the 3/8 mile Kingsport Speedway. It will also be the first time the PASS South Super Late Models have ever been paired with the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series. PASS South and the KOMA Modifieds will compete in Twin 125’s in an event no short track fan will want to miss.
One driver especially looking forward to next Friday night at Kingsport Speedway will be Dawsonville, GA’s, Spencer Davis. Davis is a former PASS Pro Late Model winner and had a stellar rookie season in the PASS South Super Late Model division in 2013, finishing second to Jay Fogleman in the final standings. At Kingsport, Davis will attempt the double, driving his family-owned #129 in the PASS South Super Late Model 125 lapper and piloting the #79 Hillbilly Racing entry in the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness portion of the Daniel Boone Classic.
“I’m very excited to pull the double at Kingsport Speedway with PASS and the KOMA Modified Series,” says Davis. “I’ve never been to Kingsport, but I have received a lot of information for the upcoming race. I’m excited to be racing on the concrete surface too.”
Kingsport Speedway has a reputation for being equally as tough on drivers as it is on equipment. For Davis, 250 green flag laps in two of short track racing’s most competitive divisions could prove to be a daunting task. But, it’s a challenge the 16-year-old driver welcomes as he looks forward to next Friday night.
“I honestly have no concerns for competing for 250 green flag laps, I’m actually excited too,” said a confident Davis. “I love the longer races and how much strategy goes into them. And going from one race to another, it will give me enough time to adapt back to the car I am racing.”
The PASS South Super Late Models and KOMA Unwind Modifieds provide some of the fastest, most action-packed competition in all of short track racing. Each car is relatively light weight, with a lot of power and maneuverability for the drivers. And, while they do share some similarities, Davis says they also have a lot of differences he will have to decipher through at Kingsport.
“From a driver’s standpoint, the biggest similarity between the two cars is how they steer, but other than that, they are totally different,” say Davis. “You run different lines with the cars considering the dramatic change in tire size and the power between the Modified and the PASS Super. The actual interiors of the cars are really different too and also how much lower to the ground you sit with the Modified.”
Davis will have his fair share of competition from the PASS South regulars when he races the Super Late Model, including current points leader, Zane Smith, and fellow championship contenders Tate Fogleman, Jody Measamer, and Jimmy Doyle. Kingsport Speedway veterans Lee Tissot and Wade Day will also present another variable to the PASS regulars as they try to protect their home turf.
Action begins on Friday, May 8 with pit gates opening at Kingsport Speedway at Noon, rotating practice for the PASS South Super Late Models, KOMA Unwind Modifieds, PASS Pro Late Models, Legends, and Flathead Fords starting at 2 PM, followed by qualifying at 5 PM, and feature racing at 7:45 PM. PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model entry forms for the Daniel Boone Classic can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
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