Oswego, NY - Gregg Davis took the victory in the first limited super heat on Saturday during the Sunoco Race of Champions preliminaries and thus insured himself the pole in the straight-up feature lineup. He just kept rolling from there, wiring...
Oswego, NY - Gregg Davis took the victory in the first limited super heat on Saturday during the Sunoco Race of Champions preliminaries and thus insured himself the pole in the straight-up feature lineup. He just kept rolling from there, wiring the 50-lap main to win his first Race of Champions limited super feature. His win came in the same car that his teammate Mike Bond drove to the limited super title less than a month ago. The Oswego, NY driver was pretty much speechless as he stood in victory lane holding the traditional RoC cup trophy. Thanking his crew and sponsors, Davis concluded that this had been a pretty good year for the team.
"This was a tough one. Steve had me there once, but he pushed up and I got back underneath him. This has been an incredible season. Mike won the championship with this car and then on Classic weekend. I finished second in points.These guys behind me just did a super job all year. Thank you!"
Davis took off from the pole when the green dropped and survived a few minor cautions along the way to victory. It wasn't an easy run, however, as Steve Austin was on his tail from the get-go trying every which way to get by, which he did for a short time in the early going.
Yellow flew first on lap 7 when Craig Rayvals, driving the Pullen 2, tangled with the 06 of Dave Cliff. Rayvals day was done here while Cliff continued.
Davis tried to lose Austin who was trailed by Andy Noto, Lou LeVea Sr and the 89, now owned and driven by Doug Reaume, but it never happened Austin tracked Davis incessantly, getting alongside and by on lap 8 but not for long. Davis came over the line in the lead on lap 9, never giving up the point after that.
Lap 15 saw a multi-car jumble between Gordon Smallidge, Dan Dennie and Doug Cliff with Cliff the only hook-job. Racing resumed with Davis out front for seven more laps before a slowdown for Bill Moore occurred on lap 22.
Each time the yellow flew, the boys behind Davis mounted a charge, but he was up for the challenge and kept his spot. He and Austin began pulling away from Noto, LeVea Sr., Mark Van Luven, in the Bogwicz 99, and Tony White at the midway mark of the 50 lap grind.
Three yellows flew in succession between lap 32 and 33 with Smallidge heading pitside in the first, Van Luven heading into the foam in the second and Tony White losing his top five spot in the third.
By lap 35, Davis was still out front and Austin was still dogging him in second. Noto, LeVea Sr and now Kevin Knopp ran in the top five while Pitt Watson ran alone in sixth.
The final yellow flew on lap 43 for the Tim Burdick 0 who looked to be making a foam stop, but saved the blocks by straightening himself out.
Davis crossed the line for the RoC limited super victory seven laps later with Austin, Noto, LeVea Sr. and Knopp maintaining their top five spots. Watson, Jack Patrick, Dan Dennie (Regan 69), Van Luven and Tony White rounded out the top ten.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS NORA LIMITED SUPERMODIFIED SUMMARY.
Sept. 20, 2003 (26 limited Supermodifieds)
Heat 1: Gregg Davis, Lou LeVea Sr., Shawn Walker, John Ketcham Jr., Michael Barnes, Stan Gates, Doug Cliff, Lou LeVea Jr., Gordon Smallidge
Heat 2: Andy Noto, Pitt Watson, Tony White, Craig Rayvals, Bill Moore, Dave Cliff, Dan Dennie, Ryan Coleman, Terry Solazzo
Heat 3: Steve Austin, Mark VanLuven, Jack Patrick, Mike Bond, Steve Abt, Doug Reaume, Tim Burdick, Kevin Knopp.
ROC NORA FEATURE FINISH: 1. Gregg Davis (90), 2. Steve Austin (66), 3. Andy Noto (19), 4. Lou LeVea Sr. (96), 5. Kevin Knopp (94), 6. Ed "Pitt" Watson (36), 7. Jack Patrick (9), 8. Dan Dennie (69), 9. Mark VanLuven (99), 10. Tony White (4), 11. Doug Reaume (89), 12. Stan Gates (12), 13. Shawn Walker (68), 14. Ryan Coleman (09), 15. Tim Burdick (0), 16. Steve Abt (85), 17. Bill Moore (7), 18. Mike Bond (93), 19. John Ketcham Jr. (11), 20. Dave Cliff (06), 21. Gordon Smallidge (52), 22. Michael Barnes (43), 23. Doug Cliff, 24. Crain Rayvals (2), 25. Lou LeVea Jr. (95), 26. Terry Solazzo (60)