Well-known as a heavy hitter in bracket racing arenas and steadily making a name for himself on the NHRA circuit, O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals winner Adam Davis took an unusual approach to the 2008 season, logging more than 10,000 road miles completely on his own to race at 12 national events and counting. Davis was lightning-quick on the Tree over the course of the weekend in Memphis, leaving the starting line with no worse than a .008- second reaction during time trials and kicking off eliminations with a pair of .006 lights in the first and second rounds that contributed to respective victories over John Livingston and Danny Doughty but planted a seed of doubt that could have ended his weekend early when he launched with a mediocre .053- second reaction in the third round.
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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