Spencer Davis made his second career start at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mr. Rooter 161. Davis started 17th on the 33-car starting grid and quickly worked his way through the field while attempting to avoid being collected in one of the track record 12 cautions. The Dawsonville, Georgia driver was able to avoid trouble for the most part and left the 3/8-mile Connecticut shoreline oval with a solid ninth-place finish.
“I’m very pleased with our run at The Speedbowl,” said the driver of the No. 79 Coors Light 21 Means 21 Modified. “It’s a huge improvement on what happened last year when we came up here. I think we learned a lot last year, both the team and me as a driver, that helped us put together a strong top-10 finish.”
Davis was quick to point out the difficulty of getting through the 161-lap event without getting caught up in any of the 12 cautions that slowed the race. Throughout the race, the 16-year-old was able to stay on his toes and leave Waterford, Connecticut with only a slightly bent “chrome horn.” The damage to the front end of his car was from a late race caution that involved 10-15 cars in turn two.
“That was crazy, man,” said Davis. “I locked up the brakes and somehow managed to drive away with just a little bit of damage to the front end. On a night like that, we’re more than happy to be able to load the car into the hauler in one piece and go home ninth out of 33 cars in the race.”
Davis will return to the Hillbilly Racing No. 79 this coming Friday when he makes his second career start at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). In his debut at the track, Davis was involved in an early accident and finished 30th. Throughout that weekend, he logged numerous laps to gain experience at one of the region’s most prestigious short tracks. Davis believes that experience will pay dividends when he revisits the track on Friday night.
“The finish obviously isn’t what we wanted, but we were able to get back out onto the track later in the race so that I could continue to learn more about the track,” Davis explained. “I think that is really going to pay off for the team when we go back. I’m now comfortable with the track and I think we will be in a position to record a strong finish on Friday.
For more information on Spencer Davis, visit www.spencer-davis.net and follow him on Twitter at @SpencerDavis_29.
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