Seeing a likely top-five finish last Friday night at Iowa Speedway disappear in the closing laps of the Casey’s General Store 150 and being forced to settle for a ninth-place run, Spencer Davis and his Rette Jones Racing (RJR) team head to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on a mission for Friday afternoon’s Great Outdoors RV 100.
While the NASCAR Next alumnus is used to turning left and making good of it, this weekend, Watkins Glen’s 2.45-mile road course will see the driver of the No. 30 Rette Jones Racing Ford Fusion make left and right turns while offer an opportunity for the rising star to earn his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) victory.
“Ready to get to Watkins Glen and finish what we started at Iowa,” said Davis.
“The Rette Jones Racing team brought me a good car and was ran in the top-five all night and got shuffled on that last restart.
“Our finish at Iowa though is lighting the fire underneath our Rette Jones Racing team to go to Watkins Glen and make some noise.”
The 20-year-old Davis will make his second K&N East start in the Finger Lakes region this weekend on the heels of a top-five finish last season after starting 10th. Almost a year later, Davis is confident that he can showcase his road course skills again and earn his fourth top-five finish of 2019.
“Watkins Glen is a lot of fun,” added Davis. “It’s a little technical, it has some fast corners and you must have complete concentration. I think it’s going to be a competitive race, but I think strategy will be a crucial part of who ends up in Victory Lane.
“Mark (Rette, crew chief and co-owner) always does a good job calling the race, we just need to have a little luck on our side and hopefully we’ll have plenty to celebrate on Friday afternoon.”
Just past the halfway point of the season, Davis sits sixth in the championship standings, 38 points out of the lead.
“We gotta keep fighting and hopefully erase the deficit,” added Davis. “We lost 11 points at Iowa, despite finishing inside the top-10. We can’t give away any more points or I don’t think we’ll have enough time to recover.
“The rest of the season our team is focused on making a serious challenge for the championship and letting our finishes speak for that goal.”
Davis’s efforts behind the wheel of the No. 30 Ford for Watkins Glen will be supported by ALLPRO Corporation and Tower Sealants.
ALLPRO Corporation is a business-to-business purchasing cooperative comprised of a network of independently owned paint and decorating product retailers.
They serve over 280 such member retailers who represent approximately 1,400 storefronts located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe.
Tower Sealants is a manufacturer of top-quality caulks and sealants. With the strong financial backing of M-D Building Products, Tower Sealants started construction of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in September of 2005 and opened for business March 1, 2006.
“Spencer was pretty disappointed after Iowa, the most I’ve ever seen him,” added Rette. “That’s just how competitive he is as a race car driver. He did everything right and was in position and just weren’t in a good place for the restart and just couldn’t get the track position.
“Watkins Glen though is a new race and we’re bringing him a fast No. 30 ALLPRO Corporation | Tower Sealants Ford Fusion. “Road course can be challenging, but it’s a challenge we gladly accept and look forward to Friday.
“I’m ready to see Spencer be rewarded for all of his hard work with a trip in Victory Lane.”
Davis, the Dawsonville, Ga. native enters the eighth race of the season with three top-fives and six top-10 finishes overall, including a season-high fourth place run at South Boston (Va.) Speedway in May.
In 39 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Davis has earned one victory (Dominion (Va.) Raceway 2016), two poles, achieved 17 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. He has also 224 laps led in event competition.
Davis also has eight NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) starts to his credit – four in 2018 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), two in 2019 for Rette Jones Racing and one for Niece Motorsports. He earned three top-10 finishes including a career-best of seventh in his series’ debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The Great Outdoors RV 100 (41 laps | 100.5 miles) is the eighth of 12 races on the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Fri., Aug. 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at approximately 3:30 p.m. The race will take the green flag shortly after 4:45 p.m. The event will be televised live on FansChoice.TV, while on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network (NCBSN) on Wed., Aug. 7 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
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