When teenager Spencer Davis won the JEGS Pro Late Model 50 on Wednesday night in Jefferson, Gresham Motorsports Park presenter Kevin Beck announced, There must be something in the water up there in the hills of Dawsonville and, whatever it is, its working.
Hes absolutely right.
Davis proved that being a rookie-age driver has no influence on his veteran-age driving skills. The 13-year-old driver of the No. 29 Core Race Products pro late model snatched his first ever pro late model victory in the event, and proved that a teenager who is a master of patience is master of the track.
Davis put on an exciting show when he and veteran driver Michael Lance made several laps, door to door, before Davis saw an opportunity to steal the lead. Once Davis was out in front, he wasted no time quickly increasing his distance from the rest of the field. Davis maintained a strong lead until he took the checkered flag.
The event began with pole sitter, Kyle Weatherman in front, but his luck was short-lived after he hit the wall on turn two of the second lap. Dale Tomazin and R.S. Senter were also gathered in the only caution of the night.
Once off the caution flag, Lance grabbed the lead with Davis on his bumper in second. Davis stayed on Lance and patiently waited for a chance to pass him for the lead. Davis slowly worked his way up to Lance until they were door-to-door brawling for several laps. When Lance had a slip up during turn four, Davis saw the opportunity he had anxiously waited for and made a fast move, successfully passing Lance.
I rode behind him (Lance) trying to pressure him and see where his weakness was, said Davis. When he slipped up, I was able to make a complete pass and hold onto the lead.
Davis showed his excitement as he made his victory burn-out, throwing black circles on the back and front stretch of his home track.
It means a lot to me to win this here with Gresham being my home track, said Davis. I got to compete with some really good drivers like Lance, (Russell) Fleeman and (Max) Gresham. And I got to lead most of the laps and ended up winning!
Davis hopes this is just the beginning of a winning streak and it will continue when he heads to Alabama this weekend to compete in the WKRG News 5 WILD CARD TWIN 55s Midwest Cooling pro late models event on Saturday, July 21 at Mobile International Speedway.