Davis Thrills Chateau Crowd
LANSING, Minn. — In a nail-biting finish that had the fans on their feet, Brandon Davis edged Clayton Wagamon at the finish of a 40-lap classic USMTS Casey’s Cup feature Friday night at the Chateau Raceway.
Davis, who has now won three of the last five United States Modified Touring Series events at the three-eighths-mile clay oval, stayed patient running the bottom of the racing surface while he closed in on Wagamon over the last 15 laps.
“I saw the bottom was getting clean so I figured guys were running there,” Davis said. “The top was really fast in (turns) one and two, and the top was really crappy in three and four, and that’s where I was gaining my time and I was losing some in one and two.”
Wagamon was flawless since taking control at the drop of the green flag, but Davis snuck underneath Wagamon and a lapped car to pull off a three-wide pass out of the fourth turn to lead lap 35.
Two laps later, Wagamon was again the first to race past the flagstand, but a swarm of lapped cars were directly ahead of the leaders.
The pair caught the back-markers and Davis again edged in front as the white flag waved.
Wagamon fought back in the next corner, but was thwarted by slower traffic and was forced to tuck in behind Davis, who carried the momentum into the final corner and nipped Wagamon by two car lengths at the finish line.
“It just worked out perfectly where the lapped cars slowed down the guys enough for me to get up to them,” Davis declared. “From then it was a battle of who got the right line at the end of the race.
“There’s no way I would have got him. The top was just a little bit faster, and if the traffic at the end there would’ve been on the bottom it would be Clayton standing here right now. He didn’t make any mistakes and drove a hell of a race.”
While Wagamon held on for a USMTS career-best runner-up finish, Thursday night’s Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region opener winner, Zack VanderBeek, made a late-race pass to edge Johnny Scott for third.
Brandon Davis, Clayton Wagamon, Zack VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, Daniel Hilsabeck, Dereck Ramirez, Craig Thatcher, Stormy Scott, Jason Miller, Nate Wasmund, Joey Jensen, Kelly Shryock, Bryan Rowland, Ron Ver Beek, Todd Scharkey, Brent Larson, Austin Arneson, Jake Gallardo, Casey Arneson, Doug Hillson, Keith Foss, Adam Hensel, Chris Oertel, Jeremy Houle.