Davidson Is a Hometown Hit in Southeast Series at Houston SES Rookie Is Now Fifth In Point Standings after Amazing Texas Run Pearland, TX (May 12, 2004) -- There is something to be said about being a professional racecar driver, racing at your...
Davidson Is a Hometown Hit in Southeast Series at Houston
SES Rookie Is Now Fifth In Point Standings after Amazing Texas Run
Pearland, TX (May 12, 2004) -- There is something to be said about being a professional racecar driver, racing at your home track and sleeping in your own bed after the race is over. Just ask NASCAR Southeast Series rookie Chris Davidson. After two long trips to Tennessee and North Carolina to open the season, Davidson was more relaxed being only 20 minutes from home and it showed, as Chris put on a driving clinic at Houston Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
Davidson and the Turner Motorsports team started eighth but quickly moved toward the front before getting clipped by the spinning car of Kevin Prince. That forced Davidson into the pits to replace a flat tire. After starting at the tail of the field, he slowly picked his way back toward the front and ended up fifth at the time of the checkered flag.
"We had as good a car as anyone out there except maybe Jason (Hogan, the eventual race winner)," said Davidson. "We just got a little behind early when we had to pit to fix the damage from that accident and we were behind after that. We took our time coming back up through the field, but just ran out of time. We could have finished second or third easily.
"It was exactly what we needed. We struggled a little bit in the first race of the year with setups and handling, but things started coming around at Hickory. We had a little insight about this place, so we had high hopes for this race and things worked out. That is one of the great things about racing so close to home.
"We've been used to being 20 hours away from home instead of 20 minutes from home. There is something about being close to home. You just feel very comfortable and a little more relaxed when you can jump into your own bed just an hour after the race."
It was a comfortable "points" finish for Davidson, with one more short track slated on the schedule before the series heads into two-straight superspeedway events, at Nashville Superspeedway (June 11) and Kentucky Speedway (June 18).
"If we can get through Greenville with a solid run, I feel very good about our speedway program," added Davidson. "We have some experience on the speedways with the ROMCO stuff at Texas (Motor Speedway where he is a former winner), so I think we have a good shot at solid top-three or top-five at those tracks. That would put us in a pretty good position for the meat of the season."
With his fifth-place run at Houston, Davidson now has two top-10 finishes and sits fifth in the Southeast Series point standings. He is second in the running for the 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series Rookie of the Year chase, only two points behind leader JR Norris.
The Southeast Series is now off until the Greenville-Pickens race on June 5, which is a make-up date from an earlier rainout in April.
The 26-year-old Davidson and the entire Turner Motorsports team have their eyes set on the 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series (formerly All Pro Series) Rookie of the Year and National Championship titles. The team will also run selected ROMCO and Super Late Model races throughout the 2004 season.