Spencer Davis Building Confidence After First K&N Podium at Iowa
Two races into his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career, 16-year-old Spencer Davis is turning heads and leaving a lasting impression.
The Super Late Model turned NASCAR Modified pilot from Georgia placed sixth two weeks ago in his tour debut and followed it up on Friday night with a third-place finish in the #ThanksKenny150 at Iowa Speedway. Davis qualified fourth, remained inside the top-five for the duration of the event and ended up with his first career podium.
Even more impressive is the fact that it came during a companion race with both the East and West divisions participating at the venue.
“Doug (Howe, crew chief) and everyone at NTS Motorsports gave me a really good car for the second half,” Davis said after the race. “We got to third and just rode for a little bit, and then at the end he told me, ‘Show us what you got.'”
There were several cautions near the end of the race, including one that fell with 10 laps to go. Running third when most of the cautions fell, he was forced to restart on the bottom and dropped fourth at the time of the final caution.
The fortune of restarting fourth behind eventual winner Brandon McReynolds on the outside lane was actually a godsend that allowed David to retake third during the final seven-lap stretch.
“We kept getting stuck on the bottom,” Davis said. “We were lucky enough to get on the outside for the final restart and just followed McReynolds through and brought it home third.”
Davis started racing at an early age and was in full-bodied stock cars by 13-years-old. The sheer amount of experience is finally starting to pay dividends as he taking the appearance of a top prospect waiting to break out on the big stage.
Davis has struggled in Modifieds over the past two seasons but said these cars simply suit is driving style more than the open-wheeled cars popular in the Northeast.
“These things are more about rolling the center and driving the center off,” Davis said. “In Modifieds, you charge the center and whoa her up a bit. You basically drag race from corner to corner.
“With these cars, the difference is in the movement. You have a high center of gravity in these K&N cars so you have to back it up in the corners and make up the speed on the center off. In my mind, that’s how racing should be. It suits my driving style and might explain why I haven’t been as good in the Modified.”
Davis has two more starts lined up in the K&N Pro Series East this season in the NTS Motorsports No. 20 Chevrolet — on September 10 at Richmond and October 2 at Dover.
“I just feel really confident right now,” Davis said. “This team has such amazing people behind and it’s just awesome. You know it’s good equipment and that just gives you a lot of momentum on race day. I’m looking forward to the next one.”
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