Kingsport Times-News: Young Elizabethton racer continues to impress

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Young Elizabethton racer continues to impress

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 24, 2018 at 6:38 PM

Carter Davison continues to be on the fast track.

The 13-year-old Elizabethton driver, who became the youngest champion in the history of Lonesome Pine Raceway last season, recently scored his first top-five finish at the famed Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Davison drove the No. 57 Chevrolet to a fourth-place run in the Limited Late Model race on July 14 at the track that bills itself as "The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars." He has run a limited schedule this season and has three top-10 finishes in his five starts.

With its proximity to Charlotte and many of the major NASCAR teams, aspiring drivers have come from as far away as Michigan and Wisconsin to race in the same division as Davison.

Hickory has a reputation as a tough track, a tight .363-mile oval, and its history shows racing pioneers like Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett and Ralph Earnhardt as early track champions. Keeping with the family tradition, Dale Earnhardt and his three older children, Kerry, Dale Jr. and Kelly, all raced early in their careers at Hickory.

Davison has also raced at another historic track: Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina, where he scored a pair of top-10 finishes with drivers coming from Iowa and Missouri in the hopes of being discovered.

Off the track, Davison and his family are working with the folks in the NASCAR marketing department to help with sponsor opportunities. In addition, Davison is working a part-time job at a Model A shop to gain mechanical knowledge, and he's also working out with an exercise program specific to racing.

Davison is scheduled to return to the track Saturday at Hickory.


It was good to see points leaders Kres VanDyke and Zeke Shell escape serious injury in last Friday night's big wreck at Kingsport Speedway.

Noted racing photographer Chad Fletcher captured the whole sequence of the wreck and has posted an album on his Facebook page.

VanDyke's car went over the hood of Shell's car and slammed the inside retaining wall, and Shell's car briefly erupted into flames with VanDyke's car on top, creating a scary moment for both drivers. Crews from both teams and the track's safety teams deserve credit for quickly reacting to the incident and making sure both drivers were OK.

Both have been working furiously to get their cars repaired with twin Late Model Stock features headlining the program at the 3/8-mile Kingsport Speedway oval on Friday night.


Volunteer Speedway suffered its second rainout in five days last Saturday. It canceled the weekly racing program right after the Schaeffer's Oil Super Late Model Series was supposed to race that Monday.

Action is set to return to the 4/10-mile dirt track in Bulls Gap with a weekly program on Aug. 4. One of its marquee races of the season, the 14th annual Scorcher, is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16.


South Carolina driver Isaac McDaniel won the 16-17-year-old race at the NHRA Jr. Dragster Eastern Conference Finals last Saturday at Bristol Dragway.

Other winners were: Jake Heaton (15), Lane Kahley (14), Mason Bean (13), Cody Owens (12), Carson Emmett (11), Grant Cook (10), Shelby Todd (6-9).

It was the second Jr. Dragster championship for Emmett, while Bristol Dragway racer Vance Houston from Newland, N.C., finished second in the 14-year-old race.

Numidia (Pa.) Dragway won the team competition as Bristol Dragway's team finished third.

Bristol Dragway hosts the local DER Bracket Series this weekend, with the Discovery Channel's Street Outlaws coming on Aug. 21.


Cherokee Race Park is hosting a special car show and silent auction Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a benefit for Grayson Spears, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It's a $20 registration for the car show with just $5 for spectators or $10 per car.

For the two-wheel enthusiasts, the Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series is slated to return to action Saturday at I-81 Motorsports Park.

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