Sixteen year old Spencer Davis has never been the type of racer to back away from a challenge of racing the best racers at the toughest race tracks. For that reason, he’s packing up his Georgia-based Super Late Model team and hitting the road north to New Hampshire this weekend to compete in the inaugural AIM Recycling USA PASS North event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Davis, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Rookie of the Year, will take the Independence Day weekend off from his Modified efforts in order to compete in his Ruud-backed No. 129 Super Late Model at the “Magic Mile.”
“It’s definitely going to be fun,” said Davis thinking ahead to the PASS evenat at NHMS. “PASS did an open test there earlier this year and from everything I’ve heard, it should be a great race to be a part of. I think you can about flat-foot it all around the track, which will definitely be a different experience in a Super Late Model, but it’s one I’m excited about and can’t wait to get up to New Hampshire this weekend.”
Davis may be going to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a Super Late Model for the first time, but it will not be his first on-track experience at the 1.058-mile oval. Davis made his NHMS debut with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2014. Now, Davis is hoping to turn those laps at New Hampshire into a leg-up on the tough competition he is sure to face in the debut of the PASS Super Late Models at the “Magic Mile.”
“We went there last year in the Modified and we didn’t have the best of luck, but I do think that having some laps around there will be a good head start,” added Davis. “We didn’t have the opportunity to test the Late Model up there, but a lot of the tracks I’ve been to in the past year or two have been tracks I had never seen until I got there. This will be interesting going to New Hampshire for the first time with the Late Model, but at least having some knowledge of the track from running the Modified up there last year.
“Drafting will be a different experience as well. I’ll be racing with a couple of guys that have done that a lot in their careers, so they’ll all be tough to beat, but I know we’ll be able to figure it out so we can have a good run and compete for the win.”
Davis has enlisted the veteran leadership of Super Late Model championship-winning driver and crew chief Freddie Query to lead his Spencer Davis Motorsports team at New Hampshire and in a growing list of SLM events to come in 2015.
“I’ve worked with Freddie once or twice, but never necessarily on a race weekend before, just in testing. It’s definitely going to be fun having him on top of the pit box. We know we’ll have a car that can run up front and have a shot to win. Having Freddie is kind of like having another set of tires compared to everyone else. He built the car and he knows what it takes to win. He’s been winning races longer than I’ve been alive. It’s great having a crew chief that knows the car and knows what to do with the car once we get to the track.”
Because Davis’ race weekend takes place the same weekend as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina, the Caraway event will be the first race he will miss on the Southern Tour since he began competing in the series regularly in 2014.
“We’re scaling back our Modified efforts a little bit, but we still have a great relationship with Mr. David (Hill, team owner and crew chief), his family and the crew. I look forward to racing more with them soon, but my focus this weekend will be on winning the PASS race up in New Hampshire.”
– 51 Sports press release
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