There isn’t anything Spencer Davis could have done to make his first NASCAR K&N East Pro Series win more exciting than it was Monday afternoon at Dominion Raceway (VA). In the closest finish in series history, the Dawsonville, Georgia driver took the checkered flag by a mere .005 second margin over in the ComServe Wireless 150.
“I’ve had some close finishes and that one was by far the closest, honestly it was so close I thought I lost there for second,” said Davis. “We were two inches away from each other. It was so close I’m almost at a loss for words.”
Davis was quick to do a few celebration burnouts right after crossing the line, but the finish was so close the 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver didn’t even know right away if he was actually the winner. The officials took almost two minutes to review the finish before pointing Davis in the direction of Victory Lane.
“I did a little bit of premature burnouts right there, but I was so excited. When I looked to the left when we came back around I just saw my name up first and there’s no better feeling,” said Davis. “I’ve won probably my share of races in the day and man we came so close in this so many times and to finally get that win, not only the first for me, but the first for Ranier Racing with MDM, is just the best thing ever.”
Davis qualified third for the 150-lap event and ran in the top three all afternoon, while his Ranier Racing with MDM teammate, Kyle Benjamin led from the drop of the green flag. The caution flew just after a restart with 12 laps to go. Benjamin had issues on the start and other cars were damaged in the process. This handed the lead to Davis, who was running in second position when the yellow lights were displayed.
After a red flag, the field went back to green with Davis leading and just five laps to go. Davis used a good start to grab the lead, but Justin Haley, who restarted third had moved into second and was closing in on Davis. The two made contact through turns three and four and were door to door coming to the checkered flag.
“It was definitely intense, I knew he was coming,” said Davis. “He knows how to win in this series so he’s going to do whatever it takes. If I was in his shoes I would’ve done the same thing and I hope he would’ve done the same thing I did. Real rough, fun racing right there. That’s short track racing, we’re going to beat and bang but no one wrecks, that’s awesome.”
Following his win on Sunday, Davis now sits third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings just 23 points away from the top spot.
Next up for Davis will be a trip back to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) next weekend where he will look to continue his Pro Late Model success and maintain the point lead.