Wheatley, WICHITA, Kan. (August 19, 2017) – Charles Davis,
Jr., had a plan in place for Saturday night’s Fifth Annual
USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” finale atop 81
Speedway’s 3/8-mile clay oval.
among the most diabolical plans, yet a worthy one for the
driver of the Massey Motorsports No. 50 RSS Industries/Rod
End Supply entry from Buckeye, AZ.
“I said that
if I won this thing tonight, I was going to park it in the
beer garden,” the Chargin’ one quipped prior to the
four-race set’s 25-lap finale.
Arizona state champ delivered, taking command in the latter
stages to snare the $2,250 win in what falls into the
classification of an “instant classic”. A
$250 bonus from Alternative Pest Management bumped the
posted $2,000 winner’s share with another $250 split among
runner-up R.J. Johnson and third-place finisher Tye Mihocko.
parked his winning mount in the breezeway in front of the
“Tie-Rod Bar & Grill” beer garden area and proceeded to
deliver victory lane interviews from the perch of the
flagstand much to the delight of the crowd.
accumulating the most points in heat race action, Davis,
Jr., gridded the feature field sixth with Yuma’s Mike Martin
gunning into the early lead as he looked to chase down a
third “Freedom Tour” triumph atop 81 Speedway clay.
succumbed to the charges of hometown hero Jeremy Campbell on
the high side, with the Michigan native transplanted to
Kansas slipping away while Davis, Jr., battled into second
and then Dustin Morgan worked his way into third from the
ninth starting position.
Jr., closed the gap on Campbell soon after the midway point
and was poised to challenge until slipping off the edge of
turn two on the 16th
round and losing ten car-lengths. Davis,
Jr., scrambled to make up lost ground until a caution flew
after 18 laps.
The battle was
on, with Campbell slipping off turn two as well on the
restart and Morgan charging past both to take command before
another caution flew one lap later.
killed my rhythm,” Campbell said afterward.
Morgan led the
way on the restart, but Davis, Jr., made an uncharacteristic
move to the low side of the track to edge into
the lead with
Friday night winner R.J. Johnson entering the lead mix from
the tenth starting position.
pounded the top side too aggressively, going for a wild ride
off the top of turn three on the 22nd
lap with Campbell sliding into the scene as well.
fought off R.J. Johnson over the remaining four laps to
become the lone repeat winner of the Fifth Annual “Freedom
Tour” after winning Wednesday’s opening leg at Little Rock’s
“I hate the
bottom, but I’m glad I found it down there in time,” Davis,
Jr., commented after the upper portion of the track slowed
in the final rounds. “I was uncomfortable
down there, but it worked.”
settled for runner-up honors while Tye Mihocko made it an
Arizona sweep of the podium by capturing third-place.
Making her first “Freedom Tour” start of the week,
Guthrie, Oklahoma’s Michelle Decker surged as far forward as
third in the closing stages before setting for fourth at the
stripe with Arizona’s Shon Deskins rounding out the top
was sixth with 14th-starter
Craig Carroll, Anthony Nicholson, Forrest Sutherland and Ty
Hulsey completing the top ten.
USAC Southwest Freedom Tour Round Four Results
2017 – 81 Speedway (Wichita, KS)
Heat One (8
Laps): 1. 78-Chris Bonneau (1), 2.
50-Charles Davis, Jr. (6), 3. 16-Mike Martin (3), 4.
93-Dustin Morgan (2), 5. 77m-R.J. Johnson (5), 6.
16x-Anthony Nicholson (7), 7. 24c-Craig Carroll (4).
Heat Two (8
Laps): 1. 5-Tye Mihocko (1), 2.
85-Forrest Sutherland (2), 3. 7-Shon Deskins (3), 4.
10c-Jeremy Campbell (6), 5. 13-Dennis Gile (7), 6.
7x-Michelle Decker (4), 7. 24h-Ty Hulsey (5).
(25 Laps): 1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr. (6),
2. 77m-R.J. Johnson (10), 3. 5-Tye Mihocko (4), 4.
7x-Michelle Decker (12), 5. 7-Shon Deskins (7), 6. 16-Mike
Martin (1), 7. 24c-Craig Carroll (14), 8. 16x-Anthony
Nicholson (11), 9. 85-Forrest Sutherland (3), 10. 24h-Ty
Hulsey (13), 11. 13-Dennis Gile (8), 12. 78-Chris Bonneau
(5), 13. 93-Dustin Morgan (9), 14. 10c-Jeremy Campbell (2).
Mike Martin 1-3, Jeremy Campbell 4-18, Dustin Morgan 19,
Charles Davis, Jr. 20-25.