A decision made by one racer on Monday evening has led to a golden opportunity for another driver this Friday at Iowa Speedway.
With Jefferson Pitts Racing driver Noah Gragson announcing his intention to run for NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points at this weekend’s K&N East/West combo race at Iowa, the door opened for another driver to race the team’s K&N East entry. That driver will be 17-year-old Spencer Davis.
“They were running for East and West points and NASCAR wouldn’t let them, so they had to choose. We had talked to the car owner Jefferson a little bit about doing a race or two,” Davis told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “When they decided to go for the West points they still wanted the championship points for the East. They knew we were racing our family stuff, so they called us up and asked if I wanted to race at Iowa. I guess it was just being in the right place at the right time really.”
Currently, the deal in place between Davis and Jefferson Pitts Racing is only a one-race deal for this weekend’s race. Davis will join the team after entering the two previous K&N East events in family-owned equipment following the mutual split between himself and Ranier Racing with MDM.
“It’s been tough for sure,” he said of establishing the family-owned team. “It’s a little bit of a learning curve with the big spring cars; it’s a new experience. We had some good people helping us out at New Hampshire. Overall it’s just a cool learning experience. It’s different, but it’s been a lot of fun also.”
The Dawsonville, Georgia racer now looks forward to getting back behind the wheel of a well-established car and working with a team that has proven they can get to Victory Lane.
“It’s going to be real fun, not only to work with everyone over there at Jefferson Pitts Racing but to be able to go contend for a win again,” said Davis. “I’m going into Iowa like I have every other weekend this year and go and try to win. The 55 will be more than capable of doing it, and they’ve already showed that this year. I know they were really good there (at Iowa) last year at Iowa. I want to go in there with the mindset of getting a win, not only for them but for me.”
The Casey’s General Store 150 is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on Friday night. Speed51.com will power the Race Central Live updates on NASCARHomeTracks.com.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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