Chris Davidson Returning To NASCAR Southeast Series in '05 Turner Motorsports Team Has Been Gearing Up For Title Run PEARLAND, TX (February 3, 2005) -- Finishing sixth in the 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series point standings, ending up in the top-10...
Chris Davidson Returning To NASCAR Southeast Series in '05
Turner Motorsports Team Has Been Gearing Up For Title Run
PEARLAND, TX (February 3, 2005) -- Finishing sixth in the 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series point standings, ending up in the top-10 in more than half of the season's events and taking the runner-up position at Kentucky Speedway would be a decent year for any team. But for a Rookie team with a Rookie driver, it is a very impressive task.
But for Chris Davidson and the Turner Motorsports team, it was merely a building block toward their future goals in the sport. None of their equipment has been collecting dust since the end of the season. The Texas team is hard at work to better their record as they return full-time to the Southeast Series in 2005.
"Everybody that you race against gets better every time that they go to the track," said Davidson. "It's a never-ending cycle of improvement just to keep up."
That cycle has led to some hard work during the off season.
"We haven't taken any time off," said Davidson. "You can't be too prepared for a short track race, so we are getting all of our ducks in a row. If you look at someone like Bobby Gill or Wayne Anderson, they are a threat to win anytime that they roll into a short track. We want to be like that. It's possible to do, but hard to get to that level. We want to get there and we're willing to work for it.
"Last year, we got a lot of our learning curve behind us. With the exception of Houston, we hadn't even seen most of the tracks, much less raced on them. The more time you race somewhere, the better you'll get at that track."
The level of competition in the Southeast Series is strong and Davidson knows beating the best won't be easy.
"We definitely intend to go out and try to win the championship," said Davidson. "To do that, you need to bring your A-game to the track. Just showing up and being equal won't beat guys like Jeff Fultz, Jason Hogan or JR Norris. Those guys have been around longer, have good equipment and they do what it takes to win. They are good drivers. You need to beat them by being better and working harder.
We need to be at least as well prepared or better because we have a 1,000-mile drive to almost every race and we lose two days of work just going on the road every race."
The Davidson team will go into the season very well prepared. Although NASCAR has not released a schedule yet, they don't expect their first speedway race until June. Their speedway car however is getting the finishing touches put on it and will be race ready in only a few weeks. A short track car is ready to go. What has helped get the team ready early has been the fact that they have decided to skip a few winter Super Late Model races to concentrate on the Southeast Series cars.
"We could have gone to Lakeland [for Speedfest this past weekend], but we didn't want that to distract us," said Davidson. "We really want to go into the season ahead of the eight ball and not behind it."
That's not to say that there won't be any extracurricular activities for the team in 2005.
"We're running the full Southeast Series schedule, but I also want to try and run as many big straight-rail races as we can. We'll run in Texas because those races are easy to go to. We also want to race the big CRA combination races like I-70 and what they did at Lakeland."