As season winds down, road to driving title suddenly bumpy for Yuma’s Davy

As season winds down, road to driving title suddenly bumpy for Yuma’s Davy

The fat lady can’t start singing soon enough for Jimmy Davy.
With only  four races remaining in the 2011-2012 Cocopah Speedway Racing Series, what was  shaping up to be a Sunday drive for Davy on the way to his first career  championship has turned into a nightmare. Watching what was once a nearly  insurmountable 69-point lead over the field be cut in half after experiencing a  host of problems with his race car – one resulting in his missing his first  feature event of the season – has left the second-year driver shaking his  head.
“We do have a nice lead (31 points), but it does make me feel a bit  uneasy knowing that I have to make the main with these problems popping up as  they have been,” said Davy this week as he prepared for Saturday night’s show at  Cocopah Speedway.
“The only thing that we can do is the best we  can.”
Saturday’s show will begin at 7 p.m. with the first green flag, and  feature the full Cocopah Speedway Racing Series card – IMCA Modifieds,  Pro-Stocks, Street Stocks and Factory Stocks.
It is not unusual for race  car drivers to have problems with their race cars, but what Davy has been  experiencing lately borders on bizarre.
For example, two races ago Davy  said his car seemed to lack the horsepower he had been able to call upon earlier  in the season. The diagnosis: Mud packed under the throttle stop.
Another  example was a series of races in May and June, in which Davy would stand on the  gas and his car would run fine for about four laps and then sputter. The  diagnosis: A piece of the rubberized lining in the fuel cell had come loose and  was preventing fuel from entering the pickup hose.
But the biggest  problem he has had to overcome was not weird, it was just one of those racing  things, a wreck in the May 5 event that was for sprint cars and Street Stocks.  Davy chose to move up and test the Street Stock waters. After all, he’s planning  on racing in that division in 2013.
However, in the feature event he got  caught up in a crash and went home with a car so badly damaged that the entire  front end had to be reconstructed. And it had to be done in a hurry, before the  next event on May 19.
“We put in two hard weeks of working on the car,  changing out, from the driver’s seat forward of the frame, to get the car back  out there,” said Davy.
Still, Davy can find a silver lining in all of his  misfortunes.
“Even with the troubles of these past six races, me and my  dad have really grown as a race team and have learned a lot,” he said. “The  season that we’ve had, good and bad, is just going to help us as we move to  Street Stock full time next season.
“There are still four races left and  anything can happen, so I’m not gonna say we got this thing by any stretch of  the imagination. We need to go out and just try to win races like we have been  all year.”
And make no mistake about it, Davy can win races. Prior to his  May 5 wreck he had notched a division-best five feature event wins, and in 13  feature event starts, had nine top-three finishes.
Winning the  championship is not an absolute lock, as he pointed out, especially if he  encounters the same problems he’s been having. During the last race on Oct. 6,  Davy’s car started to sputter, again, but this time the problem was not fuel  delivery but two broken rocker arms in the motor. And because the motor could  not be fixed in time to answer the call for the feature event, he wound up a  spectator.
At the same time, however, if Davy can manage to start and  finish the next four feature events there is little his nearest challenger, Amy  Teague, from Brawley, who has not won a feature event, will be able to do to  catch him.
It’s not a scenario Davy wants to see play out.
“The  goal is to win the races,” he said. “I never in a million years want to back  into a championship. So whether we win it or lose it, we’re going to go into it  fighting for wins every night.”

 

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