Steven Davis laid down the most dominant effort thus far during Snowball Derby weekend Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway, winning the Better Built Tool Boxes 50 Pro-Truck feature in a wire-to-wire effort.
Davis, a Pro Late Model regular who missed out on making the Snowflake 100, consoled himself with a thorough thrashing of the stout 30-truck field. He earned the pole with a lap a tenth of a second faster than second place earlier in the day in qualifying, and quickly proved it was no fluke in the feature. Davis would scoot away routinely to leads of half a straightaway, avoiding the wrecks that inevitably took out some of his closest chasers.
"I've run a few of these races now," Davis told the 51TV cameras as he emerged from his race truck, "but this is the first one I've won. I can't thank these guys enough. This is amazing. I knew we just had to be smooth and we could win. Especially on those restarts. I knew Okie [Mason] would race me hard. I knew Bubba [Gale] would race me hard. But I just had to keep the truck flat to the floor and keep it straight, and let the truck do what we do."
Popular Five Flags personality Mason finished second with Gale third. Both agreed in post race that, despite an intense battle for second that saw that position get swapped across multiple restarts, they were always fighting for runner-up.
"Lots of clean driving tonight [between the top three]," noted Mason after the race. "Congratulations to Steven and them on the win. We got the truck awfully decent. I had a lot of friends come here and help support me, and I don't know all what everyone did to pitch in, but it was appreciated."
"I had a lot of fun racing my old buddy Okie Mason," said Gale, a 57-year-old veteran who has multiple starts in the Snowball Derby. "Steven and his guys really had that truck hooked up. We were a little tight, and just couldn't get up there and race with him. I've got to thank Daivd Jones. He called me up and put me in his truck at the last minute and wound up having a good time."
-- Story by Tim Quievryn // Speed51.com Southeast Editor // @thethirdturn
-- Photos by Bruce Nuttleman // Speed51.com Photos