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Davis wins first over hard-luck Demke

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Justin Davis, who competed in Super Comp for two seasons before moving up Top Alcohol Dragster last year, won for the first time in either category when he beat Chris Demke in an all-blown dragster final. Davis, who was runner-up in Super Comp at the divisional race here in 2007 in his only other finalround appearance, dealt Demke his seventh loss in as many national event finals, third this season, and second at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he was runner-up in 2004.

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									                             TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER — 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, April 2-5, Las Vegas
                             Davis wins first over hard-luck Demke




by Steve Waldron                                                                                                     Justin Davis (left) won his first national event in his first
                                                                                                                     final with a 5.49 to 5.59 victory over hard-luck Chris

T   op Fuel rookie Shawn Langdon, who scored his
    first pole, wasn’t the only Super Comp alumnus
who had an exceptional weekend in Las Vegas.
                                                                                                                     Demke, whose loss was his seventh in as many national
                                                                                                                     event finals and third this year.

Justin Davis, who competed in Super Comp for two                                                                     route to the final. After running a 5.46 in
seasons before moving up Top Alcohol Dragster last                                                                   Saturday’s opening-round victory over Dale
year, won for the first time in either category when                                                                 Carlson, who left before the Tree was activated,
he beat Chris Demke in an all-blown dragster final.                                                                  Davis made his best run of the weekend, a 5.39, in
   Davis, who was runner-up in Super Comp at the                                                                     a pivotal second-round win over Brandon Johnson
divisional race here in 2007 in his only other final-                                                                Sunday, then ran a 5.46 to beat Del Cox Jr. in the
round appearance, dealt Demke his seventh loss in                                                                    semifinals. Neither race was close; Johnson and
as many national event finals, third this season, and                                                                Cox both ran 5.73s.
second at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,                                                                         Demke, who qualified No. 2 with a 5.36, ran 5.38,
where he was runner-up in 2004.                                                                                      5.44, and 5.40 in victories over A/Fuel drivers
   “I feel bad for Chris,” said Davis, who hadn’t                                                                    Courtney Force, Johnny Ahten, and defending event
made it past the second round in 10 national event                                                                   champion Jeff Isbell to reached his fourth final in as
appearances since he began driving for Steve and                                                                     many races this year.
Patty Federlin. “I talked to him after the final, and                                                                    It was all Davis in the final, however. Davis, who
he was pretty bummed.”                                                                                               had a .014 light in the semifinals, was off the line
   Davis came into the event with just six round-               After rain and wind forced the cancellation of       first (.038 to .061) and never looked back en route
wins in seven national event starts. He lost in the          Friday’s two qualifying sessions, racers were given     5.49 to 5.59 victory.
second round in Pomona and Houston in his first              two runs Saturday. Davis smoked the tires right off         “That’s a strong car, and I knew I had to be on
two races this year and in the second round in               the line on the first, but he came back and ran a       top of my game,” said Davis. “I knew Steve would
Topeka, Sonoma, Brainerd, and Reading last year.             solid 5.43 on the second, good for the No. 5 spot.      get the car down the track, so I just needed to do my
   “We had a big learning curve last season,” said              “The first run was driver error,” said Davis. “The   job as a driver. I could hear him, then he kind of
Davis. “You can’t just jump into one of these cars and       staging was messed up, and the pedal swap was           went away, then he came back, then he went away
do everything perfectly. The experience that Steve has       messed up, and when I hit throttle, it just smoked      again. I went across the finish line and saw my win
behind the wheel has helped me a lot. I’m able to tell       the tires.”                                             light come on, but I had to look over at his to make
him things now, and he’s able to tune to that. It just          Davis had no such problems in eliminations,          sure it wasn’t just the glare from the sun. I looked
took a year for everything to come together.”                defeating a trio of A/Fuel Dragster drivers en          back at mine, and it was really on. It was unreal.
                                                                                                                         “I want to thank my mom and dad, the crew, and
                                                                                                                     my sponsors: JLG, Pacific High Reach, Acme Lift,
                                                                                                                     PAC, and Crower,” added Davis. “We also had the
                                                                                                                     governor of Nevada here. He’s really good friends
                                                                                                                     with my uncle, and he flew down Saturday. He’s
                                                                                                                     really into cars and this was his first drag race. I
                                                                                                                     also had some potential sponsors here, so it worked
                                                                                                                     out really well.”

                                                                                                                     The key race: “After we got past the second
                                                                
								
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