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Local driver named rookie of the year
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Dawsonville native Spencer Davis made history earlier this month when he was named 2014 Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series.

"It means a lot for sure," he said. "It was our main goal this year to win the Rookie of the Year."

At 15, Davis is the youngest driver to be crowned Rookie of the Year in the modified division.

"It would have been even sweeter if we could have got a win and Rookie of the Year, but we worked hard and accomplished our goal," he said.

Despite a few setbacks, Davis and the David Hill-owned Hillbilly Racing Team out of North Carolina scored seven top-10 and two top-five finishes on his way to his eighth place points standing for the 14-race season.

"There about two races ago you could almost feel it slipping away with the luck that we had, but we continued to work hard and found lady luck at Caraway, which helped us strengthen our lead," said Davis. "You can only go for (Rookie of the Year) once and we succeeded at it. At the end of the day, it will be a great thing to add to my resume."

The 2014 season was his first in the driver's seat of an open-wheeler racecar after finding success in the Pro Late Model ranks and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Modified division.

With the Rookie of the Year title in hand, Davis will now focus his sights on getting his first Modified victory in 2015, when he returns to the seat of the Hillbilly Racing No. 79.

"We know for sure we're going to be together next year," said Davis. "The relationship with me and Mr. David (Hill) is really strong. We won the Rookie of the Year and we know we can run really well everywhere we go. We feel like, even with just one year in a Modified, that we're a championship-winning team."