All Spencer Davis wants to do is sit behind the wheel of a race car. He doesn’t care what kind of car it is or where the race track is. He’s proven that in the past by running three races in one weekend and two races in two different cars on the same day. Now the 15-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia will be running two different races at one track, as well as testing at another track, all in the same weekend.
Davis plans to race in the Myrtle Beach 400 Late Model Stock Car race at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) on Sunday afternoon for car owner Greg Marlowe, as well as in the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series race for Hillbilly Racing in the No. 79 21 Means 21 Modified. He will also be testing his Super and Pro Late Models at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Saturday to get prepared for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 in December..
Davis said plans for running the Myrtle Beach 400 came about as a result of fortunate scheduling.
“We decided to run the race because we were already going to be there for the Modified race,” said Davis, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Rookie of the Year. “It’s also one of the biggest Late Model Stock races of the year.”
Davis said another reason why he wanted to run the Myrtle Beach 400 is because it can help him get ready for another big Late Model race, the Snowball Derby, which he’ll be testing for on Saturday.
“It’s kind of helping me get geared up for the Derby because it’s an extra distance race,” he said. “It’s a real tire strategy race where you have to save the tires a lot. I know how to do it pretty well, but you can always get better and I figured it would be a real good learning experience.”
The young driver will be running the Myrtle Beach 400 for noted driver-turned crew chief and chassis builder Greg Marlowe, whom he knows very well.
“Greg Marlowe is my crew chief,” said Davis. “I got to know him because of that. I wanted to race the Myrtle Beach race so I talked to Dad and we decided to go with Greg because him and I work really well together and it seems like he always runs well there.”
Davis believes he can run well in the Myrtle Beach 400. He also believes he can go out and win in the Modified race. He’s run well in past races this season and at times has looked like he’d be able to score a win, but he just hasn’t been able to close out the deal just yet. But now he can go out without the pressure of points, and he can just look to win.
“It is nice to go in there and just try to go for the win and not have all that added pressure for the points,” he said. “We can still salvage a top five out of the KOMA Tour. It’s definitely going to help not having all that pressure like earlier in the year.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Regional Editor (CT, Long Island, NJ) – Twitter: @RobBlount
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