SES: Chris Davidson Showdown preview

Davidson Wants To Shine "Like a Star" in California A Win in Toyota NASCAR All Star Showdown Would Be Huge For 26-Year-Old PEARLAND, TX (November 10, 2004) -- Preparing for a big race is nothing new for Chris Davidson. He has run plenty of open...

Davidson Wants To Shine "Like a Star" in California
A Win in Toyota NASCAR All Star Showdown Would Be Huge For 26-Year-Old

PEARLAND, TX (November 10, 2004) -- Preparing for a big race is nothing new for Chris Davidson. He has run plenty of open Super Late Model shows throughout his career, like the All American 400 and the annual Snowball Derby, and knows what it is like to race against an all-star field of competitors. However, the biggest special event of his career may be just around the corner.

Davidson is preparing for another big show, but one that will be a little bit different from anything that he has run in the past. Davidson and his Turner Motorsports team will head to Irwindale Speedway (CA) this weekend for the NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown, to which Davidson earned an invitation based on his sixth-place finish in the NASCAR Elite Division Southeast Series point standings.

Like the Superbowl and the World Series, this major event comes at the conclusion of the season for Davidson and his fellow competitors and it is definitely their biggest show of the year.

"This race is as big as anything that we've ever been to," said Davidson. "Since the last (Southeast Series) race of the season at Nashville, we have been 100% focused on getting ready for this. We have prepared, prepared and prepared even more for this race."

"It's not going to be easy. I've never been there before, so that will put us behind the eight ball. But we'll try and catch up when we hit the track. We hope to be close on the chassis set-up when we unloaded and just fine-tune the car and learn the track once practice starts.

"Everyone that we will be out there with are excellent racers in their own right. They are all first class competitors or they wouldn't have been invited. At a regular open show, you get all kinds of guys entering a race and many of them aren't afraid to tear their equipment up. The guys are Irwindale are the best at what they do and that makes this race very different."

The All Star Showdown has a major difference from the type of big show that Davidson is used to. All of the drivers going out there to race are guaranteed a starting spot for the feature. There will be no qualifying, just heat races used to set the starting line-up. No one missed the show or goes home.

"There won't be the stress of 70 or 80 cars trying to make the show," said Davidson. "We won't have to worry about driving out to California and turning around because of qualifying. All 40 cars are in this race."

Davidson was a rookie in the Southeast Series in 2004, so new experience are nothing new to him. Davidson's rookie year was full of strong runs at places unfamiliar to him -- including a second-place finish at Kentucky Speedway.

"This is something that we are accustomed to," said Davidson. "The Music City Motorplex (TN) was the only track that I had ever raced at on the Southeast Series schedule before this season. But then again, it would be different if we were racing against 39 other Southeast Series drivers. This weekend, the 40 best drivers will be at the track, so that will make it tough."

The NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown will feature heat races on Friday night, November 12th and feature events on Saturday night, November 13th. Both nights of racing will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel. You can catch all of the racing starting at 11pm on Friday night and 8pm on Saturday evening.

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