INNISFIL, ON – Super Stock veteran Frank Davey will unload at Sauble Speedway this Sunday for Round 4 of the Great Lakes Concrete Series as a certified favourite to capture victory in the evening’s 50-lap main event. Why? Because the twenty-year veteran is in the midst of a career resurgence that has already seen him tally two wins in weekly competition at Sunset Speedway – with his most recent triumph coming on July 28th against some of the foremost top competition in the province.
“Honestly, it feels like we’ve come home again,” says a pensive Davey. “Our team never stopped feeling like we were contenders. We just needed to work our way out of the slump we were in. All of this that’s happening now for us is a testament to how hard these guys have been working at home in the shop.”
“Believe me – nobody is getting rich and famous off of laying hands on this car,” continues the affable veteran with a laugh. “This is a strictly volunteer operation. These guys are here because they believe in our team and they want to beat the rest of the guys in this division – and it’s awful tough to hold back that sort of passion.”
For 2018, Davey has dedicated his family-operated team and their modest budget to challenging the top competition available, with twin championship pursuits of both Sunset’s weekly title as well as the six-race Great Lakes Concrete Super Stock mini-series.
“The only way you’re going to ever get better – no matter who you are or how long you’ve been racing – is by competing against the top guys in your division,” explains the Innisfil, ON resident. “When you can succeed against the teams that you know are at the top of their game it’s an amazing feeling – especially for a smaller team like ours. We don’t have the latest technology and we don’t have unlimited funding – but we work like hell and we’re as dedicated as anybody else in this pit area.”
For Davey, his return to prominence in the wildly talented Super Stock division is a product of a complete upheaval of his program at the end of the 2017 Sunset Speedway season.
“We took a step back at the end of last summer and looked real hard at our equipment and our team and made a decision on what needed to be changed,” notes Davey. “We don’t want to just be an also-ran. We want to be the guys that you know are a threat to win every time they unload. For a while there, we had really gotten away from being that team, and we didn’t like it.”
“A light went off for us and we started talking about and planning making some pretty serious changes. Ever since that moment – it’s been full steam ahead for us. We haven’t hit the ceiling on what this team and this car can accomplish, yet. We’re still getting our groove back and we still have more to offer.”