Once again, Dawsonville is proud of its local, young, racing prodigies.
This weekend at the Five Flags Speedway, in Pensacola, Fl., Dawsonville natives, 16 year-old, Chase Elliott, and 13 year-old, Spencer Davis, competed in the most prestigious short-track racing event in the nation the infamous Snowball Derby.
And through all of the gut wrenching, metal twisting, car pile-ups, in the end, Elliott prevailed. He was praised for his precision and edge-of-your-seat driving abilities, including passing several cars on the outside, a maneuver that is near unachievable even for a veteran driver. Elliott clinched the Snowball Derby and played part in two new Derby records. He is the youngest driver in the events 44 years to win the race and he won with a record breaking, 0.229 time margin between him and 2nd place finisher, D.J. VanderLey.
Spencer Davis is also a young gun to keep an eye on. Davis landed the 15th spot out of more than 70 hopefuls in Saturdays qualifying. This was Daviss first attempt at the Snowflake 100 and he was up against some serious contenders. But Daviss hopes were shattered during the Snowflake when he got caught-up in a twelve-car wreck, putting his pro late model Rheem No. 29 car on the back of a tow truck and into the pits, for the night. Davis finally settled into the 30th-place finish, with only sixteen of the 36-car field actually crossing the finish line.
It carries us back to the early days of racing, said Gordon Pirkle, President of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, in the early days we always had four or five drivers from Dawsonville competing in the big races. Pirkle said, And, now we are getting back to that with Chase (Elliott) and Spencer (Davis) both competing in the races.
We just love that racing is still alive in Dawsonville and that Dawson drivers are once again dominating the track.
This is just icing on the cake for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (GRHOF), who recently announced its Young Drivers exhibit. The exhibit features young drivers across Georgia who are driving their way to the top. Elliott and Davis are two of the drivers currently on exhibit.
We encourage you to educate yourself about Dawsonvilles newest celebrities who are making the citys history repeat itself. If you arent already doing so, we hope that you will follow local drivers and other fellow young Georgians who are NASCARs future.
The Dawson News & Advertiser will be featuring stories about Dawsonvilles drivers and their chase for NASCAR glory.