NEWTON, Iowa: Delivering their sixth top-10 of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) season last Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), Rette Jones Racing (RJR) and NASCAR Next alumnus Spencer Davis head to the Midwest looking for a strong top-five finish in Friday night’s K&N combination Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway.
The first of two combination races which collides the world of both the K&N East and West divisions certainly brings more competition to the forefront – but for Davis and his Rette Jones Racing team led by crew chief and co-owner Mark Rette, they’re ready for the additional challengers at a place they feel they can win.
“New Hampshire was solid for us, but Iowa should be really good for us this weekend,” said Davis. “We’ve had speed in our cars this season and I think we’re making improvements. We just have to get over that one last hump and we’ll be in Victory Lane. We have a good chance to do it on Friday night.”
Statically speaking, Iowa is one of Davis’s best race tracks. In three starts at the 0.875-mile oval, Davis has finished no worse than ninth and carries a second and fourth place efforts to boost. Last summer, Davis finished fourth after starting sixth and is eager to build on that performance with Rette on top of the box.
“Iowa is like a big speedway,” offered Davis. “It’s a cool place where there’s a lot of room to race and usually tire wear becomes a factor. Also, I think track position is equally important. For us, you just have to make sure your car can transition nicely to the track conditions when darkness sets it.
“Strategy can be a factor, including fuel-mileage. I think that’s why Iowa is such a great place because a lot of things can happen, and the racing is pretty spectacular. Can’t wait to get there.”
Officially halfway through the season, Davis sits sixth in the championship standings, a mere 27 points out of the lead.
“We gotta keep fighting and hopefully erase the deficit,” added Davis. “The second half of the season is our team to focus forward and make a serious challenge for the championship.”
Davis’s efforts behind the wheel of the No. 30 Ford for Iowa will be supported by ALLPRO Corporation and Tower Sealants.
ALLPRO Corporation is a business-to-business purchasing cooperative comprised of a network of independently owned paint and decorating product retailers. They serve over 280 such member retailers who represent approximately 1,400 storefronts located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe.
Tower Sealants is a manufacturer of top-quality caulks and sealants. With the strong financial backing of M-D Building Products, Tower Sealants started construction of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in September of 2005 and opened for business March 1, 2006.
“We’re ready for Iowa,” added Rette. “This is a tough three-race stretch for the K&N Series between New Hampshire, Iowa and Watkins Glen, but I think we’re going to be fine. I’m ready to see Spencer be rewarded for all of his hard work with a trip in Victory Lane.
“We’re just past the halfway point of the season and we still hope to mix things up and contend for the championship. That’s our goal and we’re sticking to it.”
In 38 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Davis has earned one victory (Dominion (Va.) Raceway 2016), two poles, achieved 17 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes. He has also 224 laps led in event competition.
Davis also has eight NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) starts to his credit – four in 2018 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), two in 2019 for Rette Jones Racing and one for Niece Motorsports. He earned three top-10 finishes including a career-best of seventh in his series’ debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The Casey’s General Stores 150 (150 laps | 131.25 miles) is the seventh of 12 races on the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Fri., July 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. A final practice has been etched in from 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at approximately 5:00 p.m. The race will take the green flag later that night shortly after 7:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FansChoice.TV, while on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network (NCBSN) on Wed., July 31 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
For more information on Spencer Davis, please check out his Facebook page (Spencer Davis Racing) or on Instagram @spencerdavis_29.
Davis tweets too. Follow him @SpencerDavis_29.
About Rette Jones Racing:
Headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, Rette Jones Racing (RJR) was founded in 2015 with the intent of building a successful racing operation built around the fundamentals of hard work and a never give up attitude.
Owned by racers Terry Jones and Mark Rette, RJR will field a full-time entry in 2019 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also fielding a partial entry in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS).
The team also offers technical and setup intel as part of a technical alliance partnership to Sam Hunt Racing and driver Colin Garrett.