Unlike in previous seasons, northeast Super Late Model driver Jeremy Davis began his 2014 racing season with zero goals and no expectations. Davis, of Tamworth, New Hampshire, entered the season with the simple hopes of improving his racing program and getting better behind the wheel of his No. 109 Super Late Model.
So far this season, Davis has done just that.
On Saturday afternoon, Davis pulled into New Hampshire’s Star Speedway for the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ Star 100 with a sour taste in his mouth. After seeing his hopes of winning the 2013 GSPSS championship wiped away as a result of a first-lap crash at the series’ final event at Thompson Speedway last season, Davis was out to seek revenge on Saturday night.
At the conclusion of 100 laps on the quarter-mile Star Speedway bullring, Davis got the revenge he was looking for. The New Hampshire native inherited the lead when early leader Dillon Moltz spun after tangling with a lapped car and then held off Moltz’s furious charge back to the front to claim his first GSPSS win of the 2014 season.
The win at Star was Davis’ first since his last GSPSS win on May 5, 2013 at the now extinct Canaan Fair Speedway.
“We ran that tour all of last year and we were right in the title hunt, but we got kind of screwed at Thompson,” said Davis. “It left a sour taste in our mouth and it’s good to go back there and win the first time back running with those guys.”
Davis’ win on Saturday night put an exclamation point on a successful start to his 2014 racing season.
Instead of putting all of his eggs in one basket this season, Davis decided to mix things up with a schedule that includes a number of different race tracks and touring series.
No matter what series or track he has raced at this season, Davis has found success. So far this season, Davis has one GSPSS victory, sits third in the Pro Late Model standings at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), and has a top-five PASS North finish at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH).
Although he has been mixing it up, one constant for Davis this year has been his weekly entry into the Oxford Plains Speedway Pro Late Model feature. Despite sitting third in points, just 17 points out of the lead, Davis’ focus is on making the biggest race of the year at the 3/8-mile oval – the Oxford 250.
“We’re doing some different stuff this year,” said Davis. “I really only went to Oxford to try to get better for the (Oxford) 250. That’s why I’m there and that’s why I think a lot of people are there. I want to try to get into the race.
“I’m really just looking forward to the 250. I’m focusing on trying to get better there and that’s really all I’m there for. I’ve been consistent this year just trying to finish the races and do as good as we can while not pushing the envelope or making any risky moves.”
With no prior experience at Oxford, Davis attempted to qualify for the Oxford 250 in 2013 but came up short in the “Hooligan Race.” He is hoping that racing weekly at the track will give him enough experience on the flat oval to make the race and be competitive this season.
“I tried to run last year and I just showed up never having run at Oxford before,” Davis told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I was maybe seventh or eighth in the Hooligan Race trying to get in. It was cool to try, but I wanted to get better for the next year to get in. I had gone to watch, but never attempted to qualify before last year.”
In addition to the experience he is gaining while running Oxford on a weekly basis, Davis and his team are hoping that a solid fifth-place finish in a recent PASS North race at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) will give his team momentum racing against stiff competition similar to what they will see in the Oxford 250.
“It felt really good to go there to a place I’ve run at a lot before,” said Davis, who previously competed in the weekly Late Model division at WMMP. “I know all of the guys in the pits and have a lot of good friends that still race there. It was good to go there with them and have a good day while competing with all of the big guys. It was good to have a good solid day and finish up front racing against those guys.”
For a low-budget team like Davis’ family-owned team, the solid finishes are much needed to keep his operation going in the direction that he would like to see it going in.
“We don’t have a lot,” Davis said of his race team. “We have to borrow a truck to get to the races and my trailer is falling apart. We’ve only got what we got and we’re happy with that. It can be real expensive and so far this year we’ve been really lucky and probably have almost broken even paying for tires and stuff. Hopefully we can keep that up.”
Davis plans to continue running Oxford Plains Speedway on a weekly basis until the Oxford 250 and will determine whether or not he will complete the full schedule at that time. He also plans on running Granite State Pro Stock Series events at Star Speedway, Lee USA Speedway and White Mountain Motorsports Park while also competing in other select Super Late Model events in the Northeast.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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