Thornburg, VA – It came down to a matter of inches in the inaugural K&N East Series event at the brand new Dominion Raceway. Spencer Davis, 17 of Dawsonville Georgia, held off Justin Haley in what looked to be an instant replay of Phoenix earlier this year on the cup level.
In what has to be one of the closest finishes in K&N East Pro Series history, Spencer Davis was able to hold off a very hard charging Justin Haley and cross the finish line a mere .005 second ahead of Haley in a thrilling photo finish. Davis, who qualified third earlier in the afternoon, spent most of the time running second to teammate Kyle Benjamin who lost the lead on a late race restart after being involved in an incident, much like the restart at Dover, that collected a few other cars.
“My teammate certainly was the class of the field and had the car to beat,” Davis said in victory lane after the race. “He didn’t do a single thing wrong all night and was the car to beat till he got put out. My first reaction when I saw him get bent out of shape and pushed from behind and into the wall was, wow this is really unfortunate for our team. Then it set in; I need to win this for us. Ranier racing needs to get their first win and I need to get my first win so what its going to take I was going to do it.” Davis, of course referring to Benjamin being parked by NASCAR officials, after multiple altercations with Dillon Bassett under yellow flag conditions. Bassett, who was actually just going to be held for one lap, was also parked as he continued the “vehicular conversation” on the racing surface as well.
Justin Haley, who entered Monday’s race tied with Benjamin for the points lead, did not make things easy for the Rookie as the two came to the stripe and the checkered flag. The young driver actually didn’t make things to easy on himself either after qualifying eleventh out of twenty-four cars. However, he was able to work himself through the field as the race went on and got a lot of help from that late race caution mentioned before took Benjamin out of the running. Haley ran him for everything he had coming out of turn four just came up inches short at the line.
“I knew he was coming and I knew what was coming from behind also,” Davis mentioned about the battle with Haley. “Any short track racer that grew up racing has that drive to win. If I were second I would have done that same thing; shoved him off down in there to get him a little loose and drove up beside him and banging doors to the finish in reverse order.”
The time it took for NASCAR to announce the winner might as well been an eternity for both drivers, who both sat on the front stretch looking at each other waiting for the call to be made. Davis told us it was the most excruciating thing ever having to sit there in the car with the announcer going over the race and watching the replay on the big screen. Davis also told us however; once you hear your name come over that intercom and they announce you as the winner it is just the best thing ever.
Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Austin Theriault would round out the top five finishers after 150 laps at Dominion Speedway. The ComServe Wireless 150 will be replayed on NDCSN this Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. EDT. The series will head up to north to Stafford Springs, Connecticut for the Stafford 150 on June 17th.
|6||6||Ruben Garcia Jr.|
|9||49||John Holleman IV|
|12||42||Jairo Avila Jr.|
|19||43||Ronnie Bassett Jr.|
|24||30||Dominique Van Wieringen|