Southeast Series Schedule Means Plenty of Travel For Chris Davidson Turner Motorsports Team Perfects the Art of a Racing Road Trip PEARLAND, TX (March 10, 2005) -- There wasn't much drama for Chris Davidson and his Turner Motorsports team...
Southeast Series Schedule Means Plenty of Travel For Chris Davidson
Turner Motorsports Team Perfects the Art of a Racing Road Trip
PEARLAND, TX (March 10, 2005) -- There wasn't much drama for Chris Davidson and his Turner Motorsports team when it came to NASCAR's announcement of the 2005 Southeast Series schedule. With all of the traveling the team already does, there could be a race scheduled on the moon and they wouldn't be complaining. Instead, Davidson and the team would just pack up and hit the road.
"Other than the race in Houston, our closest event is 800-miles away," explained Davidson. "When they added Montgomery to the schedule for this year, we thought it was pretty good because that is about 800 miles from us. It's pretty sad that we are happy about a race that far away, but that is the path we chose."
To Davidson, traveling is just part of the game he wants to win.
"When you can race with the level of competition that is in the Southeast Series, it makes it worth it," said the 27-year-old. "There are some great racers here. When you race against guys like Jeff Fultz, JR Norris, Jason Hogan and Erik Darnell, you can't help but to get better yourself. This year, Charlie Bradberry is coming back and Wayne Anderson might run too. That makes it even better."
There is an art to making a schedule like this work and the Turner Motorsports team seems to have perfected it.
"The truck has to leave two days before us most of the time because he has a logbook to keep," said Davidson. "But we are like a band going on the road when we leave. We've gotten to the point where we can travel 800 miles in about 12 hours. We don't stop unless we have to. Sometimes, we even make driver changes on the road. We have to stop for fuel, and hopefully we do that someplace where we can get food too. Once in awhile, we'll go through a drive-thru, but that doesn't happen often. We hurry to get back sometime on Sunday and we are all right back in the shop Monday evening."
And does the racecar driver get to drive the team van?
"On the way to the track, that's not a problem," said Davidson. "And for the first hour or two after a race, I'm pretty good to drive. But then the fatigue comes into play a little bit and I'll have someone else drive for awhile."
As if chasing the entire SES schedule isn't enough, Davidson also plans on running a limited slate of Super Late Model events in 2005.
"We'll see what is in store, but we definitely plan to hit some of those races," said Davidson. "We'll use those as a test session for the Southeast Series. It's hard to duplicate a race, so those are good extended tests under race circumstances. There are actually a lot of things that we can learn from our straight-rail car and apply to our Tour car."
The NASCAR Southeast Series gets started on May 7th and that race is actually in Davidson's backyard at Houston Motorsports Park.