On this day, redemption is spelled D-A-V-I-S.
Spencer Davis celebrated in victory lane at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the second straight night in the Pro Late Model division, but this time he actually got to keep the trophy after his win was taken away from him in the tech shed on Friday night.
“It’s definitely sweet,” said Davis. “We had some problems in tech yesterday, but it’s sweet to know that we can fix the car and come back and win and be competitive. It’s just awesome.”
Davis’ win Friday was taken away after his No. 129 was found to be too light by chief technical inspector, Ricky Brooks.
Saturday, Davis cleared post-race technical inspection with no issues after beating Tyler Thomas to the checkered flag in a thrilling late-race battle.
Davis was on cruise control until a late caution came out. That brought Thomas into contention, but Davis got a great restart and started to drive away. Unfortunately for Davis, another crash brought the caution back out with just about five laps to go.
The Dawsonville, Georgia driver chose to use the outside lane on the restart, which put Thomas to his inside. Thomas used that lane to his advantage to clear Davis and he quickly drove out to a two car-length lead. Davis fought hard to get back to the rear bumper of the white No. 36 of Thomas and managed to get by on the inside with just two laps to go for the win.
“Yesterday was a tough battle on the bottom to get the win,” said Davis. “I decided to go with the top today and he got by me there. I thought (the win) was barely slipping out of my hands. Luckily I caught him coming to two to go and grabbed the win. That was definitely nerve-wracking right there, but it’s an awesome way to rebound after yesterday.”
Thomas came through the field from the 10th starting spot to eventually battle for the lead with Davis and seemed to be surprised that he was even able to get by Davis on the restart.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking there on the last restart,” Thomas said. “Somehow we got a good restart. There was some contact there, but me and him battled it out pretty cleanly, I thought. That was a lot of fun.”
Thomas, who has won at New Smyrna before, just missed out on scoring his first win in World Series competition with his Tim Russell, Inc. development team.
“Tim Russell and his guys gave me a great racecar all night and all week too since I’ve been here,” said Thomas. “I’m looking forward to Tuesday night and seeing if we can do a little bit better.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
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