By Phil Whipple,
RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo By: Mike Frieri
WILLS POINT, Texas — Since this brand new season first got under way at most tracks around the state in mid-March, tons of Factory Stock drivers have battled it out for trophies and bragging rights. Among them is a veteran racer with strong support behind him who's really tearing it up.
For 36-year-old Chris Davis, 2021 has already brought a great deal of success, and there's more to come. In 21 starts, Davis has earned four wins, 18 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. His most recent win at Superbowl Speedway on June 19 was the 142nd of his stellar career. Life, it seems, is quite good.
“We're getting a lot more help than what I'm used to having,” Davis said of his strong first half. “In the past three years, I've picked up so much sponsorship and help it's amazing. From being able to drive the House Car for Two Five Chassis, to a fully sponsored engine, transmission and rear end, it really helps.
“I'm not saying I don't have to pay for anything, but about 80 percent of my expenses are covered. That helps me more than anything. I didn't have many sponsors until the last three years. They all stepped up. I race against full fields every week, so it's pretty nice to be able to enjoy this kind of success.”
Davis is the son of legendary racer Tommy Davis, and the brother of mega-successful racer Tommy Davis Jr., who drives for Kaine Buckmeyer this year. This family has a rich history of success in racing.
“My Dad raced most of his life, starting out when he was just 15,” Davis explained. “Back then, when he started in 1962, you were supposed to be 16 to compete. He bleached his Birth Certificate out so it would read like he was 16. He didn't want to wait another year. He raced at the old Sportsdome Speedway.
“He used to run the Figure 8s and on the oval track on the same nights. He was a multi-time champion in the Modified and Figure 8 classes at the same time. He got my brother started in 1992, and of course he's gone on to be super successful in his own career. I started racing part-time in 1999, then ran my first full season in 2000 when I turned 16. My Dad raced up until 2017; so he inspired us to race.”
Inspired is a good way to describe it; since he began driving full-time in 2000, Chris has earned those 142 features wins (62 in Factory Stock), 12 track championships, and he's won at least one feature at 13 different tracks. He's carrying on the family tradition of winning on the ovals in fine fashion.
“I'm extremely proud to be continuing my Dad's legacy on the Texas ovals,” Davis said. “I'm blessed.”
In previous weeks, we've taken an in-depth look at the high level of competition within Factory Stock across the great state of Texas. Davis says it's the toughest he's seen it since he joined the division.
“What happens in this area is that the three or four of us that are always fast, we usually all show up at the same track on the same nights,” he said. “We all tend to migrate to the biggest races, whether it's the purse or for a special memorial race. As a result, our competition level is usually about the same.
“I'm not taking anything away from the rest of the guys. There are easily 20 to 25 Factory Stock teams around here that are capable of winning any night of the week. There are a ton of youngsters out there between the ages of 16 and 25 that are really hard to beat on most nights.”
Most racers with this level of success feel very strongly about the chassis and engine they utilize on Friday and Saturday nights, and Davis is no different.
“I run a Two Five Chassis, built by Justin Gillard,” Davis explained. “It's a very well-crafted car, I feel his work is second to none. It reacts the way it should when we need to make changes, and it is always consistent. I use Big Dave's Racing Engines under the hood; it's got big power and is super reliable.
“I had an old friend who used to build all of my engines, but he passed away in 2018. At the time, I had no idea what I was going to do. That's when Big Dave's stepped up, big-time, in fact, and saved my entire program. They kept me active and are still doing it with excellent support all year long.”
Along with his immense natural talent behind the wheel, Davis also has a full laundry list of sponsors and key people on board who make his program so successful.
“I'm blessed to have several great folks and companies supporting this race team,” he explained. "I need to thank Justin Gillard at Two Five Chassis, David Phillips at BIG Dave's Racing Engines, of Forney, Texas; Billy Vest at Dirt Defender, Kaine Buckmeyer at Everclear Auto Glass and Buckmeyer Motorsports; Terry Jordan at ABEL Truck & Trailer Sales, Casey Jordan at Walker, Warren, & Jordan Land Surveying; Joseph Henson at Anderson Roofing, Robert Honeycutt at Honeycutt Sand & Gravel; and Danny Glover at Dominator Transmissions.
“I also want to thank Robby Crabtree at Dark Horse Racing Shocks, Harley Petersen at Crown Mobile Home Sales & Service, Jesse Potts at The Bearded Barber Barber Shop, Tommy McKinley at Mckinley Farms, everyone at Tommy's Towing & Repair, Inc; Scott Swanner at Bulletproof Tees, Charlie Brown at Bulletproof Products, Mike Frieri at Photos by Mike Frieri, Stacy Kolar at Southern Sass and Dalton Warren.”
But wait, there's more. It takes a village, as they say. Davis is truly blessed with marketing partners.
“Other valued supporters on board this year include Canton Truck Trailer and Tires, Jeff Moore at five1seven Designs, Lupe’s Tire, Tim Peimann (aka Rod Bolt), KR Promotions, LLC; Robert Clark & Char Clark at RCJ Racing, Joey Holick at Boren Super Trowels, Kylar Smith at Twisted iPhone, Patrik Daniel at 1st Class Auto Glass, Aaron Burchett at Big A’s BBQ, Kenneth Montgomery at KMO Racing, Joe Duvall at Duvall Electric, Fast Shafts, Swift Springs, and our No. 1 Fan, Charlie. I truly value them all.”
As the summer heat continues to bake central and north Texas, Davis has some clear goals in mind.
“We're always looking for more wins, I think that's what we're all after every weekend,” he concluded. “Winnig big money races is always nice, but no matter the purse, I simply love to win. Our main goal this year is running for points at a couple of tracks. We're after that USRA National championship.”