Slowing Down Helped Davis Go Fast At South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (February 9, 2017) – Racing at speeds topping 150 miles per hour has never been a problem for Bob Davis. Racing at much slower speeds created a tough learning curve though.
Davis is a regular in the Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway these days. But he’s been racing the SCCA series on road courses much longer, running at tracks like Virginia International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway’s road course.
He made the move to South Boston’s Limited Division in 2014 when his son Caleb stepped back from racing after a couple of years at SoBo.
“I had been driving short tracks some, but when he quit, I decided to go fulltime in the Limiteds,” said Davis, who is from Thaxton, midway between Lynchburg and Roanoke.
“It took me a while to adapt. Racing on road courses makes entering the corners tough on a short track. I tend to overdrive the corners and burn up the tires,” said Davis. “(Crew member) Greg Davis made it clear to me to slow down going into the corners and
I’d be faster coming off. It’s just so easy for me to drive in too hard.”
Davis still competes in SCCA events and quickly discovered his short-track experience helped in that world.
“You can learn how to carry a lot more speed into the corners from short-tracking and short-track racing is a lot more aggressive,” said Davis. “Road racing guys aren’t nearly as aggressive and that helps guys with short-track experience.”
He scored a second-place finish, had a couple more top fives, and wound up ninth in the points last season, but 2016 wasn’t kind to Davis and his No. 19 Chevrolet.
“We started out really rough last year. We were in a big crash the first race. There were a lot of crashes. We made the switch from running every race to running the races that made the most sense to us,” said Davis, who owns Aqua Pros Pools, a full-service pool, spa and hot tub company with four locations in Southside Virginia. He also has a cattle farm he works himself.
Davis plans to be back campaigning his Chevy on a fulltime basis at South Boston Speedway this season with a new sponsor onboard – Prestone Antifreeze.
“My focus is to try and race smart. Prestone has been generous to us and I want to maximize those resources,” said Davis, whose car is maintained by Greg Davis and Joel Cunningham. “I know everybody is optimistic this time of the year, but I’ve got confidence in the guys working on my car, I’ve had a few seconds and started on the outside pole before. If I can do what I need to do, I have as good a chance as anyone for a top finish.”
South Boston Speedway’s 60th season opens on March 25 with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100s, featuring two 100-lap races for the Late Model Stock Division, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.
The full 2017 schedule can be found here.