(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 20, 2012) - Prior to coming to Daytona International Speedway, the biggest oval Brandon Davis had competed on was one mile in length.
The high banks of Daytona have always been a challenge for rookies, since 1959, but Davis made the most of his first restrictor plate race, running in big packs, and finishing on the lead lap in 19th position. As a road racer by trade, Davis’ late model background in California paved his way into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tour. Those ten starts in NASCAR’s west series paved the way and gave him the experience to put forth a solid effort at “The World Center of Racing.”
“Going to Daytona was a great experience, especially for the first few laps out it took a bit to get over the wow factor of driving there,” Davis said. “Restrictor plate racing is such a different animal than what I’ve experienced, but I think overall we did a good job being competitive and improving throughout the week.”
Similar to his Andy Belmont Racing teammate, Mikey Kile, Davis stayed out of the big packs during practice sessions through the weekend. However, Davis was one of 18 cars that took time in Saturday’s “Happy Hour” to draft in small packs to warm up for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.
After locking himself into his first ARCA start in Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell on Friday afternoon, Davis and his No. 2 ModSpace Ford Fusion team shifted their focus to formulate a strategy to get the California native as much experience as possible. Davis managed to complete all 83 laps, finish on the lead lap, and kept the No. 2 ModSpace Ford Fusion out of trouble. While falling a lap down past the halfway point, Davis managed to fight his way back on the lead lap to be a part of the action in the final stages.
“The green white checkered I think was good for us,” Davis said. “It allowed us to bunch up again and pick off more positions. It's difficult since there is no more give and take that late and you're hoping that there isn't another caution.”
During the 200 miles of action at Daytona in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, Davis was able to put himself in many different positions throughout the field. Through the intensity that played out in the final stages, Davis managed to keep the nose clean on the ModSpace Ford and came home with a 19th place finish. As a result, Daytona proved to be an important setup Davis’ development as an oval driver.
“I have to say thanks again to Andy Belmont, the Andy Belmont Racing team and ModSpace for allowing me to come out and compete at Daytona,” Davis sounded. “I feel like I was able to learn a lot over the course of the weekend and I'm looking forward to what the remainder of the 2012 season has in store.”
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in their 60th Anniversary season will be the first of two stops in the state of Alabama with the sanctions first ever visit to Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway for the running of the Mobile ARCA 200 on Saturday, March 10.
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