It was another game of “Chase The Ace” at the Emo Speedway on Saturday night, with Jamie Davis starring as the “ace.”
Right now, the Devlin driver is playing with a completely different deck of cards than anyone else after winning both the WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds feature races for the second-straight week.
He unofficially pulled off the feat for the first time in the track’s existence on June 3 although upon reflection, Davis thought he may have turned the double in 2013 during one of the two nights of racing in conjunction with the Emo Fair.
But twice in a row? Not in his lifetime–or likely anybody else’s who has ever put pedal to the metal at the local race track.
“I don’t put a lot of thought into it,” Davis shrugged about his unprecedented run of success of late.
“The cars are definitely working the way we want them to.”
The twin checkered flags Saturday night came on the heels of two days of less-than-fun times racing south of the border.
“On Thursday in Grand Rapids, I got caught up in a wreck,” Davis recounted.
“I got back in there and wound up finishing third, but they said I jumped the [restart], so I got docked places and pushed back to ninth,” he noted.
“I wasn’t very happy about it.
“Then on Friday in Superior, I met the concrete wall . . . it was my own stupid fault,” Davis said.
“I got up over the banking and should have tried to stop, but I kept my foot on it and the concrete wall came in a hurry,” he remarked ruefully regarding his Midwest Modifieds No. 85 car.
“I bent the frame and needed a lot of body work.
“Then when I raced the No. 4 car [Modifieds], we had brake issues all night long,” Davis added.
“I didn’t qualify through the heats, made it in through the ‘B’ main event, and then just pulled off during the feature because we were still having the brake problems.”
After winning his Midwest Modifieds heat Saturday in Emo, Davis found himself starting on the outside of Row 4 in the 14-car feature.
That ended up being a fortuitous spot after his brother, Jeff, tried to split two cars up ahead coming out of Turn 3 and clipped the back of Pinewood’s Cody Ossachuk to spin Ossachuk around and send Jamie Davis on a scenic tour.
“I’ve been attracted to crashes lately,” Davis joked.
“I use extra caution in Turns 3 and 4 because the sun is always bad at that time of day there and you enter the corner blind,” he noted.
“I could see [the collision] starting to happen, so I elected to drive off the edge of the track and then come back on because I did not want to be fixing my race car for hours again.”
Davis was positioned fourth on the restart, and needed only just more than one lap to blow by the three cars in front of them.
He dipped low to the inside to slingshot past Jason Williamson of Fort Frances and Devlin’s Jake Rea on Turn 2, then held on from there to beat Rea by four seconds.
James Lambert (Fort Frances) wound up finishing third.
“On the restart, it looked like the better grip was around the bottom of the track more than anywhere else,” Davis said.
“I just got lucky that everyone else decided to go to the high side.”
A second-place result in his Modifieds heat had Davis inside on Row 3 in the middle of the 10-car feature.
But Davis came off Turn 4 at the green flag to start the race like he was auditioning for “The Fast and the Furious 9.”
By the time the drivers reached the backstretch of the opening lap, Davis had left everyone else staring at his back bumper.
Gavin Paull of Fort Frances kept Davis honest, breathing down his neck for most of the race.
But Davis held firm and hit the line two seconds ahead of Paull and Jeff Davis to complete his eye-opening double-double.
“The benefit of racing both classes is you’re out there more, and you can see where you can run well and where you can’t,” Davis reasoned.
“I knew the line was there,” he added. “I was waiting for [Paull] to be there knocking on the door.”
Despite his pile of victories the past two weeks, Davis still remains a fair distance behind in the overall standings in both divisions due to not competing on May 27.
He currently is fourth in the Midwest Mods with 279 points, trailing defending champion Ossachuk (302), Rea (285), and Mike Wilson of Devlin (280).
In the Modifieds category, Davis is fifth with 251 while defending division winner Brody Strachan of Emo leads the way (298).
He’s followed by Matt DePiero of Fort Frances (281) and Paull (263).
“I’ve never been a points chaser,” Davis noted. “I like to travel to different tracks throughout the summer, so winning a division title has never been that important to me.
“I might even take [this Saturday] off or just run the Modifieds car,” he added.
“I’m tired of working on mine.”
The Street Stocks feature Saturday night had a No. 33 car stirring echoes of the gritty and unforgiving style of NASCAR’s legendary No. 3 in a wild and woolly opening lap.
Stratton’s Kendall Gamsby evoked the ghost of Dale Earnhardt when, right at the start-finish line on the opening lap, he clipped the back right end of Emo’s Jesse Thompson to send Thompson spinning out and eventually ending up out of the race.
Then coming out of Turn 4 on the same lap, the 2014 overall champ leaned into 2015 champ Tylar Wilson from Fort Frances, sending Wilson slightly sideways and opening the door for Gamsby to shoot to the lead.
Wilson tried everything to narrow the gap but still came up two seconds short of catching Gamsby, who won for the second-straight week and tied Wilson for the season lead in the division with three wins apiece.
Dean Kellar of Devlin placed third.
Division leader Kevin Desserre (Dryden) had a rough night, not finishing his heat and then only managing sixth place in the feature.
But that was enough to keep him in first place with 224 points while Wilson (217) and Gamsby (203) moved closer to top spot.
Borderland Racing Association action continues this Saturday, with hot laps at 7 p.m. and the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting).