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									                             STOCK — 21st annual O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Sept. 26-28, Memphis
                             Well-practiced Davis nabs first national event win

   Adam Davis, near lane, earned his first win at an NHRA
   national event by defeating defending event champion
   Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. in a double-breakout final. Davis (below)
   earned a runner-up finish in Atlanta when he drove his Todd
   Ewing-owned ’67 Camaro to his career-first national event
   final round earlier this season.

by Kelly Wade                                                                            Livingston and Danny            “Now we’re going to a couple of points meets,
                                                                                         Doughty but planted a        [the national event in] Virginia, and an IHRA race —

W      ell-known as a heavy hitter in
       bracket racing arenas and steadily
making a name for himself on the NHRA
                                                                                         seed of doubt that could
                                                                                         have ended his weekend
                                                                                         early when he launched
                                                                                                                      my first — and then we’ll get the motor out of the
                                                                                                                      car and get ready for next season. I’m going to chase
                                                                                                                      the points next year, and we’ll see how I can do.”
circuit, O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South                                                         with a mediocre .053-
Nationals winner Adam Davis took an                                                      second reaction in the       The key race: “There were two key races, really,”
unusual approach to the 2008 season,                                                     third round.                 said Davis. “The first was on Sunday morning when
logging more than 10,000 road miles                                                         Fortunately for           I had Jody Simoneaux. He’s a real good racer, and
completely on his own to race at 12                                                      Davis, he still managed      he’s kind of like me, driving for someone and just
national events and counting.                                                            a .016-second advantage      getting an opportunity but doesn’t really have his
    “I just kept going to national events                                                off the starting line on     name out there big yet. I was actually kind of
because I’ve been getting close [to a                                                    opponent Eric Pearson        nervous about having to run him. The main key
win],” said Davis. “I’ve had a good time                                                 and scored the win.          round, though, was when I had Kevin Helms, a
and saw a lot of the world, and I knew if                                                   “I was just scared to     three-time world champion [in the semi’s]. I have
I went to enough of them, it would end                                                   turn the red-light on        struggled in the semi’s this year.”
up that luck would go my way.”                                                           and hesitated,” said
    The Cullman, Ala., resident was                                                      Davis. “I got lucky that     The runner-up: Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., 21, collected
rewarded for his persistence when he                                                     round, but Sunday            his first national event victory when he won the
earned a trip to the Memphis Motor-                                                      morning I told myself I      Memphis Stock title last season by defeating
sports Park winner’s circle by piloting                                                  couldn’t lay off, and if I   Edmond Richardson in a final-round heads-up B/FIA
the D/SA ’67 Camaro of good friend and                                                   was red, I was red. I        match. Hidalgo, a former Division 4 Stock champion,
fellow racer Todd Ewing to a win over                                                    was just going to hit        finished second in the division last season, 44 points
defending event champ Jimmy Hidalgo                                                      the Tree and make sure       behind South Central champ Jerry Emmons.
Jr. in the double-breakout final round. Davis has           it was good every time.”
been driving the car since winning the Bowling                 Following his own advice, Davis cut a perfect light    Fast facts: Three heads-up matches were contested
Green, Ky., divisional event last season in just his        in the quarterfinals to beat Jody Simoneaux and           in six rounds of eliminations. Mike Welfel came out
first time behind its wheel.                                didn’t even need the decent .027 reaction in the          on the winning end of an F/SA competition over
    Davis was lightning-quick on the Tree over the          semi’s when Kevin Helms broke.                            James Findell in round one, and in round two, Larry
course of the weekend in Memphis, leaving the                  “It was a pretty smooth weekend, and everything
starting line with no worse than a .008-second              worked out for me,” said Davis, who is in the market
reaction during time trials and kicking off                 for a Super Stocker and would like to compete in           About the winning car
eliminations with a pair of .006 lights in the first        two cars next year.                                        T he D/SA ’67 Camaro that Adam Davis drove to
and second rounds that                                                                                                 victory in Memphis is owned by Huntsville Engine and
contributed to respective                                                                                              Performance’s Todd Ewing, who originally built the
victories over John                                                                                                    Camaro as a bracket car and eventually upgraded it
                                                                                                                       to a Stocker. Ewing built the 396-cid Chevy engine in
   With a .017-second reaction                                                                                         the Huntsville, Ala., shop, and it has a ProTrans
 and a 10.714 on his 10.71 dial,                                                                                       transmission and an ATI converter. The car rides on
Hidalgo, near lane, put together                                                                                       Weld wheels wrapped in Goodyear tires.
   one of the best packages of                                                                                             Davis and Ewing acknowledged sponsors
        eliminations to put Mike                                                                                       Goodyear, Moroso, Afco, CV Products, Lucas Oil, and
     Welfel’s ’69 Camaro on the                                                                                        Comp Cams. Davis thanked Ewing and Huntsville
    trailer in the semi’s, though                                                                                      Engine and Performance for giving him a great car, as
 Welfel’s .016 launch and 11.14                                                                                        well as Brett Murphree for making the trip to
       (11.13 dial) was certainly                                                                                      Memphis and helping him out.
      nothing to be ashamed of.
56 ✦ National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                                                           Stock Qualifying
                                                                                                                                                                      (Top 16 of 62 qualifiers)
                                                                                                                           1. Jim Hale, Van Buren, Ark. (G/SA ’67 Barracuda) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                        11.025 (-1.275)
                                                                                                                           2. John Livingston, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (K/SA ’91 Camaro). . . . . . .                                               11.797 (-1.153)
                                                                                                                           3. Bob Gere, Salem, Wis. (L/SA ’71 Gran Sport) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                     11.882 (-1.118)
                                                                                                                           4. Leon Philpot, Grand Prairie, Texas (D/SA ’71 Corvette) . . . . . . . . .                                          10.773 (-1.077)
                                                                                                                           5. Mike Welfel, Nashville, Tenn. (F/SA ’69 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                       11.075 (-1.075)
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