By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
A top-10 start and finish in a driver’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is impressive for any driver. For Dawsonville, GA native Spencer Davis, yes that Dawsonville, GA, his Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway was a relative success. Davis returns to the Truck Series in the No. 51 Rheem Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Davis has just two prior starts on 1.5-mile tracks in the ARCA Racing Series. At Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway, Davis finished 15th and seventh respectively.
Davis took part in an NASCAR test for the Truck Series test at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month. Joining him in the test were teammates Noah Gragson, Riley Herbst, Todd Gilliland, and team owner Kyle Busch.
“It gave me some mile-and-a-half experience and learning how to work the track with the truck,” Davis said about the Charlotte test. “It was helpful to get some confidence built up heading into Atlanta and Las Vegas, since those will be my first starts at both tracks. Being from Dawsonville, I consider Atlanta my home track and it would mean the world to me to win this race and have them sound the siren at the Dawsonville Pool room like they do for Chase and Bill (Elliott).”
Davis also has 21 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. In the K&N Pro Series, he has one victory, nine top-fives, 14 top-10s, and one pole position. Despite missing a race at Watkins Glen International, Davis finished eighth in points, in his one full season of competition in the series.
In Dawsonville, GA, the Dawsonville Pool Room has sounded a siren every time a native-born son has won in NASCAR competition. It most recently sounded when native Chase Elliott won the second Can-Am Duel during Speedweeks. Now Davis hopes it will sound if he were to win Saturday’s race.