Spencer Davis Makes His First Las Vegas CWTS Start

Christopher Bell

Event:                             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200, Race 3 of 23, 134 Laps – 40/40/54; 201 Miles
Location:                    Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:        March 2, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and Sirius/XM NASCAR 90
 
What You Need to Know
 
  • Davis finished seventh at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2/16/18) in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start. He finished 13th last weekend at Atlanta after a pit equipment failure on the final stop.
  • Davis posted one top-five and four top-10 finishes in seven ARCA Racing Series starts in 2017 and also recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes across three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races. The Dawsonville, Ga., native made multiple starts in Super Late Models last year, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the prestigious All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. Despite competing in only 13 of the 14 K&N Pro Series East races in 2016, the NASCAR Next alum finished eighth in the championship standings after posting one win (Old Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Va.), one pole, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
  • The 19-year-old driver will make five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts this season for KBM. In addition to this weekend at Las Vegas in the No. 4 Tundra, Davis has Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (finished seventh), Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (finished 13th), Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in June and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in the No. 51 Tundra.
  • Todd Gilliland will compete full time and contend for Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the No. 4 Tundra once he turns 18 on May 15. Gilliland will miss four races early in the season before his 18th birthday, but has some pretty talented drivers filling in for him. His father, David, competed at Daytona (won the pole and led 30 laps, but finished 21st after late-race contact), Kyle Busch raced at Atlanta (won the pole and led 67 laps, but finished 21st after a miscue on the final pit stop), Davis this weekend at Las Vegas and Busch will return for Kansas in May.
Spencer Davis, Driver Q&A
Spencer Davis Q&A
Spencer Davis Q&A
 
What did you think of your first mile-and-a-half race at Atlanta last weekend?
 
“It was a lot of fun. The KBM guys gave me an awesome Rheem Tundra and I took a lot away from the race at Atlanta which will help me this weekend at Las Vegas. We were real competitive at Atlanta, qualified fourth and ran in the top 10 most of the race. It was a really cool experience.”
What did you learn at Atlanta which can carry over to this weekend’s race at Las Vegas?
 
“I learned some small things about which line to run and maximizing lap times with the difference between running the high and low lines. The tire wear will be a lot different at Vegas than it was at Atlanta, but I learned some small things that will help us find more speed in our JBL/SiriusXM Tundra that we found during qualifying at Atlanta.”
 
What is your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas:
“I’ve only been to Las Vegas to race, but the one day I’ve had off out there, I liked walking around old Vegas and seeing some of the cool older casinos and Freemont Street.”
 
Spencer Davis Career Highlights
  • Finished seventh in his first NCWTS start at Daytona (2/16/18) and 13th at Atlanta (2/24/18)
  • Opened his 2018 season with a sixth-place finish in the K&N Pro Series East race at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway (2/11/18)
  • Has recorded one win, one pole, nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes across 21 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts from 2015-2018
  • Made seven ARCA starts in 2017 with one top-five and four top-10 finishes
Spencer Davis’ No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra:
  • KBM-041: The No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM team will race KBM-041, for Friday’s NCWTS 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is the same Tundra Kyle Busch won with at Chicagoland in 2016. It also raced three times in 2017, twice with Noah Gragson and once with Christopher Bell.
KBM-041 Performance Profile
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
5
1
6.0
12.8
95
KBM Notes of Interest
  • After Atlanta, the No. 4 team has two poles with David Gilliland (Daytona) and Kyle Busch (Atlanta) and is ranked fourth in the owner’s championship standings.
  • KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (65) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
  • KBM drivers have collected one win, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.5 across 17 starts at Las Vegas
  • The only KBM driver to win at Las Vegas is Erik Jones who took the checkered flag in 2014
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota Tundra 2018 NCWTS Box Score:
 
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Owner Pts./Pos.
2/16
Daytona
David Gilliland
1
21
95/100
30
Running
34/6th
2/24
Atlanta
Kyle Busch
1
21
133/134
67
Running
60/4th
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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