Two years ago, Tamworth, New Hampshire driver Jeremy Davis made his way to Oxford Plains Speedway for his first attempt at qualifying for the prestigious Oxford 250. He failed to qualify for the race, but his struggles that day helped to create a path that two years later has him being considered as a favorite to win the 42nd running of the prestigious Super Late Model race.
After failing to qualify for the 40th Annual Oxford 250, Davis made plans to run a Late Model weekly at the track until he figured out the tough, 3/8-mile oval. He went through with those plans in 2014 and picked up a weekly Pro Late Model win at the track before qualifying for the Oxford 250 later in the year and finishing 28th.
“It took all year really until I finally won a race at Oxford and figured it out for the weekly stuff,” Davis told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I think some of the people at Oxford know my car is good. The 250 is still huge. It’s the biggest race. It’s different.”
Fast forward to 2015 and Davis is now enjoying a breakout season that has turned many heads in the Northeast region. He has recorded four podium finishes and six top-five finishes in Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North competition including his first career win on August 8 at Autodrome Montmagny (QC). He’s also scored two wins and three straight podium finishes with the Granite State Pro Stocks Series.
The success is something that has even surprised Davis, but he continues to remain humble heading into the Oxford 250.
“I never really thought it would happen like that, but I’m not going to let it get to me,” Davis said. “I’m still the same old, same old. The whole thing about the 250 is you’ve got to make it in first and then once you get in you’ve got to finish and make it all 250 laps.”
Prior to his first win at Autodrome Montmagny, Davis had been one of the most consistent Super Late Model drivers in the Northeast, but remained winless. After a second-place finish in the PASS North race at Oxford Plains on August 2, Davis told 51 that he was perfectly fine with waiting until the Oxford 250 to get his first PASS win.
He didn’t have to wait that long, so now he’s hoping to ride the momentum into the biggest win of his career.
“I believed that all year and I kept saying that, but I guess at Oxford I figured I wasn’t going to race a PASS race again until the 250 because there was only that one up there,” Davis stated. “We just kind of threw that deal together and went up there and won that one. I guess to finish first, you first must finish. I’m not going to change anything.”
Part of what Davis isn’t going to change is how his race team goes about their business at the race track. There’s nothing flashy about his race team and he’s perfectly fine with that.
Davis shows up to the race track towing the team’s enclosed hauler behind a pickup truck and when they unload the car it is a family effort that helps get his No. 09 going fast.
“It’s just really my family, my mom and dad,” Davis explained. “My sister Nichole will throw tires on or whatever and my grandfather is there to do whatever. My friend Tom spots for me, he loves racing. We just have a lot of fun I guess. I don’t know how to explain it. We’re not into being flashy or showing off or doing anything. We’re there to race and have fun. We have a really good time.”
Away from the race track, Davis is a full-time employee at Dale Shaw Race Cars. He builds and maintains a number of Super Late Models, many of which are also considered favorites for the Oxford 250.
Davis believes that working together with other drivers like DJ Shaw, Joey Doiron, Bryan Kruczek and David Oliver has helped all of them become better in 2015.
“I think part of it is that all of us want to see each other win,” Davis said. “We all work together really well and it’s almost like we go to the track with six cars. At Oxford we were all parked out in the back 40 in the same row. We all talk, we all share notes and we pretty much end up with the same thing at the end of the day and it shows.
“We’re really on a roll. All year has been really good. The Dale Shaw Race Cars have all been really good and we’re all working together. It’s really nice to be on a roll going into the 250. It gives a strong indication of what could happen.”
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Norm Marx