Jeremy Davis is known for his calm, cool and collected demeanor both on the track and off. Like he’s been known to do, the Tamworth, New Hampshire driver let his on-track performance do much of the talking on Friday night as he dominated the Granite State Pro Stock Series Seacoast 100 at Lee USA Speedway (NH).
“It was pretty hard to mess that up,” Davis said with a laugh. “I hardly had to use the brakes in the corner, they never got hot and I never really had to push it too hard. It just drove great.”
Davis took over the lead from early leader Derek Griffith on lap 18 and never looked back despite having to deal with a few restarts during the middle portion of the race. At the end of 100 laps, Davis had opened up nearly a half a lap lead over Griffith and lapped all but just five cars.
Griffith piloted his No. 12 machine to a second-place finish, while Matt Frahm, Larry Gelinas and Joey Squeglia completed the top-five.
After the race, like any racer, Griffith said that he would have loved to have a restart with Davis to try to mix things up and have a chance at the win.
“I mean, I really wish I had one at the end there to mix it up a little bit. It is what it is,” said Griffith. “We definitely had a pretty good car, it was a little tight. But Jeremy really had a rocket ship. He was definitely fast.”
Earlier in the day during qualifying heat race action, Davis’ day appeared to take a horrible turn after contact with Larry Gelinas sent him into the backstretch wall. He continued on in his heat race and charged to a second-place finish after having to start from the rear.
After the race, Davis admitted that the contact with Gelinas lit a fire underneath him for the rest of the evening. On this night, that was bad news for the rest of the drivers in the 22-car field.
“I was just riding in the heat race and I was just way better than Larry,” Davis told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I don’t know what he was doing, but he didn’t want me to beat him. It’s worth five gallons of race fuel if you win the heat race, so I guess he wanted it more than I did.”
Davis’ win follows up an impressive third-place finish in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race held at Lee USA Speedway on June 26. He said after the race that he was able to learn a few things during that race that helped him cruise to the win on Friday night.
“It all kind of stems back from Octoberfest last year; we kind of hit on something,” Davis explained. “It’s changed a little bit, they’ve gouped a little bit more and I learned in the PASS race that you’ve got to run right in the middle. I think I had the only car that would do it.”
Full highlights from Friday night’s Seacoast 100 will be available on the 51 Network later this weekend.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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