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October 24, 2015:

PDRA World Finals at Richmond - When Ronnie Davis arrived at Virginia Motorsports Park he had his eye firmly fixed upon the prize: the 2015 PDRA Top Sportsman championship. The Georgia-based golf cart dealer came with enough points to win so long as he qualified and won just one round of racing. Failing that, defending class champ Dan Ferguson would've had to win the race and set a record to overtake Davis.


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After Davis slotted into 10th in the 16-car field with a 4.04 pass at 178.19 mph in his nitrous-boosted '63 Corvette, Ferguson ran 3.99 at exactly 183 mph to occupy the last of a record six three-second passes atop the PDRA Top Sportsman qualifying sheet.

The championship chase ended quickly, though, once eliminations began as Ferguson's borrowed '63 Vette shook hard off the launch in round one and he coasted across the finish line for his final 5.76 seconds as 2014 champion.

"My goal has always been to win the championship in whatever series I race in," Davis explained after defeating Chuck Mohn in round one. "I've won in NHRA, in IHRA, I missed in ADRL when it was around, but I'm real happy to get it done in PDRA now. I love this type of racing."

With the championship secured, Davis set his sights on winning the PDRA World Finals, beating Rachel Edwards in round two and John Benoit in the semis. Opposite him, Don Klooster drove his own nitrous-fed '63 Corvette to wins over Cheyenne Stanley, Mark Malcutt and Randy Perkinson.

"Don's a good friend and we really wanted to meet in the final, get the two Corvettes out there and just go for it together," Davis said. "I was really happy to see that work out." It worked out on the track for him, too, as Davis left with a .024 light, then ran 4.07 at 170.21 against a 4.04 dial in to take the win over a .071/4.02/181.30 package on a 4.00 dial by Klooster.

"This feels like an important win to me," Davis said of his third PDRA race title this year. "This is the way you want to win a championship."

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March 1st, 2015:

PITTSBORO, N.C. -

Ronnie Davis
Veteran Top Sportsman racer Ronnie Davis, who is known as "The King," has earned an enviable and well-deserved reputation throughout his career by winning seven championships and myriad divisional crowns while racing with multiple sanctioning bodies.

These days Davis runs in and is a key part of the Professional Drag Racing Association's eighth-mile racing program. He not only competes in Top Sportsman, the class that has defined his career for the last 25 years, but he also supports PDRA through his Davis Golf Carts Sales operation, which is the official pit vehicle provider for the organization.

Davis is currently gearing up to kick off the 2015 racing season with a brand-new version of the 1963 Corvettes that have become his trademark.

"Larry Jeffers is building the car," Davis said. "He approached me a couple of years ago about getting me into one of his cars. We spoke in 2013 and again last year and we finally put a deal together. It took a while to decide on which way to go because he liked the C5 Corvette and I liked the '69 Camaro and the C7 Corvette. In the end we compromised, and once again I'll be in a '63 Corvette. I guess that's the body I'm known for racing.

"I expect the new LJRC car to be lighter and faster with the same engine-converter-trans combo I use now," Davis said. "The engine is the 822 Jon Kaase piece which I ran in my black '63 in 2014. Once Jeffers has the new car ready I'll put the 822 into it, but I will more than likely build a new 903 Kaase this year. The car will run a Marco Abruzzi Pro Mod Glide and a Coan converter, and we're hoping to have it ready for the PDRA season opener at Dallas in March."

With the new, lighter car on the scene this year the PDRA's Top Sportsman records are likely going to take a hit, but since Davis already holds the E.T record of 4.032 and the MPH mark of 182.92 on the eighth-mile he's only going to be bettering his own performance if he resets the numbers.

And speaking of performance, he had this to say when asked about the new car's on-track potential: "I don't want to go out on a limb and make any big predictions, but the new car should be faster than the current car, and it's a really good and really fast car itself," Davis said. "I set the Top Sportsman record at the first PDRA race last season with it when I ran four 4.03s in a row, so only time will tell. I'm going to keep last year's PDRA car and use it in NHRA competition."

In his first season with PDRA, Davis, along with Pete March, his helper for over 11 years, finished fifth in points.

Davis, of Suwanee, Georgia, has been racing since the age of 18, and in the early stages of his career spent much of his time running in a heads-up racing program at the old Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway. The category was called King of the Hill, and Davis earned his nickname by going undefeated for three and a half years.

In the late 1980s Davis discovered Top Sportsman and in the intervening years he became a driving force behind the class' rise to prominence as drag racing's quickest and fastest dial-in doorslammer category.

"The first time I ran in Top Sportsman was in 1989 and I did it with a new car that had just been completed," Davis said. "We made two passes at Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway to check out the motor and then went to Warner Robins Dragway for a Dixie Pro Stock race. On one of my first passes I ran 4.99 with a 9 with a 565-cubic-inch motor with one four barrel and nitrous. It was the first time I'd ever raced Top Sportsman and I won the event, taking out some heavy hitters, including Gene Fulton and Blake Wiggins, who I beat in the final."

>From that point on Davis was in love with Top Sportsman. He won the IHRA world championships in 1991 and 1997 and won divisional titles in 2000 and 2002. When the IHRA was bought out in 1999, however, Davis and the new owner didn't see eye-to-eye on the way the class was being run. Change was in the wind, and the timing was perfect for Davis to make a move.

"NHRA contacted me in late 2001 and told me they were had been paying attention to the way Top Sportsman had been progressing. They wanted to know if I was interested in building the class for them," Davis said. "I jumped right in and got it started, paying for everything out of my own pocket in the beginning. It started in NHRA Division 2 as a five-race experimental series in 2002 and is now one of the NHRA's most popular classes."

Davis later branched out to run with now-defunct eighth-mile racing organizations. He liked the type of racing they provided, however, and that brought him to the PDRA prior to their inaugural season in 2014.

"I got together with Jason Scruggs and Bob Harris when they first got PDRA going and worked with them on setting the rules and the structure of the class," Davis said. "I really loved the PDRA-type format because I love to go fast and I still enjoy having to qualify. I'm a staunch supporter of the PDRA and I think it has a great future. The PDRA has an outstanding ownership group, guys who are all racers themselves, and the camaraderie and atmosphere at the events is second to none. They just need to keep doing what they're doing and the series will grow."

Asked what he saw in the future for PDRA and drag racing in general, Davis said: "There are a lot of factors involved as far as future growth is concerned. Everyone knows that the economy still isn't where it should be, and that has a major impact on the ability to get and maintain equipment, run up and down the road to events and race competitively. But racers have always found a way, and I think that will be the case for years to come."

"Ronnie Davis has been a key player in sportsman racing in general and Top Sportsman racing in particular for many years, and we at the PDRA are proud to say that he is a big part of our organization and our racing programs, now and in the future," said PDRA Race Director Bob Harris.

Ronnie Davis Racing greatly appreciates the support of these fine companies:

Rock Racing Batteries, Star E.V. Golf Carts, Hickory Enclosed Trailers & Race Performance Motor Coach, Hoosier Tires, CSR Performance Products, VP Racing Fuels, Moroso Performance Products, Magnafuel, Braswell Carburetors, MSD, Abruzzi Transmissions, Larry Jeffers Race Cars, Braille Battery, Jon Kaase Racing Engines, Permatex, Weld Racing, Coan Converters, Showhauler Motorhomes, WJ Enterprises, Lovendahl Shock Solutions, Driveline Service of Atlanta, Jesel, Hedman Hedders, Federal-Mogul and Sonnax Transmission Gears.

Compliments of Brian Wood @ dragracingresults.com | Photography by Ian Tocher


January 12, 2015

Veteran Top Sportsman racer Ronnie Davis, who is known by the nickname “The King,” has earned an enviable andwell-deserved reputation throughout his career by winning IHRA championships in 1990, 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2002 as well as taking NHRA titles in 2006 and 2010.

These days Davis runs in and is a key part of the Professional Drag Racing Association’s eighth-mile racing program. He not only competes in Top Sportsman, the class that has defined his career for the last 25 years, but he also supports PDRA through his Davis Golf Carts Sales operation, which is the official pit vehicle provider for the organization.

Ronnie Davis - Martin ADRL

Davis is currently gearing up to kick off the 2015 racing season with a brand-new version of the 1963 Corvettes that have become his trademark.

“Larry Jeffers is building the car,” Davis said. “He approached me a couple of years ago about getting me into one of his cars. We spoke in 2013 and again last year and we finally put a deal together. It took a while to decide on which way to go because Larry liked the C5 Corvette and I liked the ‘69 Camaro and the C7 Corvette. In the end we compromised, and once again I’ll be in a ’63 Corvette. I guess that’s the body I’m known for racing.

“I expect the new LJRC car to be lighter and faster with the same engine-converter-trans combo I use now,” Davis said. “The engine is the 822 Jon Kaase piece which I ran in my black ‘63 in 2014. Once Jeffers has the new car ready I’ll put the 822 into it, but I will be building a new 903 Kaase engine this year. The car will run a Marco Abruzzi Pro Mod Glide and a Coan converter, and we’re hoping to have it ready for the PDRA season opener at Dallas in March.”

Last season Davis set the PDRA E.T record of 4.032 and the MPH mark of 182.92 at the very first PDRA race, but the marks were both eclipsed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Aaron Glasser.

On the subject of performance, Davis had this to say when asked about the new car’s on-track potential: “I don’t want to go out on a limb and make any big predictions, but the new car should be faster than the current car, and it’s a really good and really fast car itself,” Davis said. “I can run 4.00s about anywhere in my current car and last season I went 3.977 at the PDRA race at Martin, Michigan, and 3.995 at the first VMP race. I expect to go faster in the new LJRC car. I’m going to keep last year’s PDRA car and use it in NHRA competition.”

In his first season with PDRA, Davis, along with Pete March, his crew helper for over 11 years, finished fifth in points. He said that last year’s finish has only motivated him more. “We made some mistakes and had some parts breakage during the season; we will improve on both in 2015.”

Davis, of Suwanee, Georgia, has been racing since the age of 18, and in the early stages of his career spent much of his time running in a heads-up racing program at the old Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway. The category was called King of the Hill, and Davis earned his nickname by going undefeated for three and a half years.

In 1988 Davis discovered Top Sportsman and in the intervening years he became a driving force behind the class’ rise to prominence as drag racing’s quickest and fastest dial-in doorslammer category.

“I heard about the Top Sportsman class that the IHRA was racing, and some friends told me It would be something I’d really like,” Davis said. “I decided to build a ’90 Beretta for the class, which we finished in September of 1989. A week later we went to test at Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway. After just two runs the car was race ready, so we loaded up and went to Warner Robins Dragway for a Dixie Pro Stock race the same day. On one of my first passes I ran 4.999 with the 565-cubic-inch motor with one four barrel and nitrous. It was the first time I’d run the car, and I won the event. During the race I took out Gene Fulton and beat Blake Wiggins in the final. The next weekend I went to the last IHRA race of 1989 at Bristol to get my feet wet in Top Sportsman racing and prepare for my run at the 1990 championship. During that race I finished runner-up to Ron Miller.”

From that point on Davis was in love with Top Sportsman. He won IHRA world championship titles in 1990, 1991 and 1997, and division titles in 2000 and 2002. When the IHRA was bought out in 1999, however, Davis and others didn’t like the changes that were made by the new ownership. Change was in the wind, and the timing was perfect for Davis to make a move.

“NHRA Division 2 director Bill Holt contacted me in late 2001, as I remember it, and told me he was interested in talking about the Top Sportsman class running in his division,” Davis said. “I jumped at the opportunity and the rest is history. Bill and I started Top Sportsman in NHRA Division 2 as a five-race experimental series in 2002. It was an overwhelming success and became an official class in 2003. These days it’s one of the NHRA’s most popular classes.”

Davis later assisted getting Top Sportsman going in a now-defunct eighth-mile racing organization. He liked the fast 16-car fields and that brought him to the PDRA prior to their inaugural season in 2014.

“I got together with Jason Scruggs and Bob Harris when they first got PDRA going and worked with them on getting sponsors, setting the rules and the structure of the class,” Davis said. “I really loved the PDRA-type format because I love to go fast and I still enjoy having to qualify. I’m a staunch supporter of the PDRA and I think it has a great future. The PDRA Top Sportsman class is the baddest of the bad, in my opinion.

“The PDRA has an outstanding ownership group, guys who are all racers themselves, and the camaraderie and atmosphere at the events is second to none,” Davis said. “Bob Harris and crew did an outstanding job in just their first year. All they have to do is keep doing what they did last season and the series will grow.”

Asked what he saw in the future for PDRA and drag racing in general, Davis said: “There are a lot of factors involved as far as future growth is concerned. Everyone knows that the economy still isn’t where it should be, and that has a major impact on the ability to get and maintain equipment, run up and down the road to events and race competitively. But racers have always found a way, and I think that will be the case for years to come.”

“Ronnie Davis has been a key player in sportsman racing in general and Top Sportsman racing in particular for many years, and we at the PDRA are proud to say that he is a big part of our organization and our racing programs, now and in the future,” said PDRA Race Director Bob Harris.

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May 9, 2014

Ronnie Davis - Rockingham

SUWANEE, GA — Veteran Top Sportsman racer Ronnie “The King” Davis has enjoyed several wins over the years at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) and hopes that success will continue this weekend with the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA).

“Up the road here at Atlanta Dragway I can’t seem to win anything,” the golf cart dealer from Suwanee, GA, admitted. “But I’ve had a lot of good fortune at South Georgia in NHRA Division 2 races and some eighth-mile events, too. It’s a real good track and one of my personal favorites, so I’m definitely going after the win there this weekend.”

After qualifying number one for the PDRA season opener early in April with a 4.03-seconds pass at 182.92 mph at Rockingham, NC, Davis followed up the next week at the NHRA national event in Charlotte with a career-best 6.21 at 225.82 mph over the quarter mile at zMax Dragway. Since its inception in 2002, Davis has sponsored the NHRA Top Sportsman class through his business, Davis Golf Carts, a full-service dealer of stock and customized carts for home, business and racing use.

Davis’ sleek, black-and-gold colored, Tommy Mauney-built ’63 Corvette is motivated by a nitrous oxide-injected, 822-cubic-inch powerplant from Jon Kaase Racing Engines.

“I’m real pleased with the workmanship by Kaase. I’ve known Jon a long time and he freshened up the motor for me early this year and it’s making great power, it’s running good and after 14 runs it’s still like brand-new. You can’t ask for any better that that,” Davis said. “I also want to thank the guys at Coan Racing for their torque converter; it’s definitely making a difference for me.”

Davis Golf Cart Sales is the official pit vehicle provider to the PDRA, so in addition to maintaining and racing his car, Davis and longtime crewman Pete March will be managing a large display of new and used golf carts at SGMP available for sale to racers and fans.

“We’re also representing Braille Batteries, Rock Batteries; we’ll have the full line of MagnaFuel, which is a new PDRA Top Sportsman sponsor, and a whole lot of other stuff on display, too,” Davis stated. “It’s definitely a challenge and a lot of hard work to stay on top of everything, but it’s worth it to run a successful business like this that allows me to compete with a great organization like the PDRA.

“I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend,” Davis added. “I’ve been getting in better shape lately, I feel like I’m driving pretty good right now and I know the car is ready to go. I think we’ll be fast straight off the trailer and if things go the way I think they will I really believe we have a good shot at winning.”

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May 4, 2013

SUWANEE, GA — It’s always a bonus to race close to home and that’s the case this weekend for veteran Top Sportsman racer Ronnie“The King” Davis as the Suwanee, Georgia-based golf cart dealer heads to nearby Atlanta Dragway for the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.

“We always like coming to Atlanta Dragway. I’ve been racing here since the track opened (1976) and won a bunch of races over the years, but not yet in Top Sportsman,” Davis said. “I’ve been in two Top Sportsman finals in Atlanta, but finished runner-up both times, so obviously I’d like to finish one position better this weekend.”

Ronnie Davis - SGMP

Davis will be driving his black-and-gold colored, Tommy Mauney-built ’63 Corvette fitted with a nitrous-injected Roush Yates 822-cubic-inch engine at the national-event Southern Nationals. He’s also on a quest in 2013 to win a third NHRA Division 2 title to go along with five previous IHRA championships. Davis competed early this year in NHRA divisional races at Gainesville, FL, and Cecil, GA, but bowed out early from both with torque converter troubles.

That was sorted out by mid-April at South Georgia Motorsports Park, where Davis qualified number one for the ADRL’s eighth-mile Top Sportsman class with a 4.07-seconds pass at 182.75 mph before the event was rained out. He followed up with another top-qualifying performance just last weekend at historic Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, where he ran 4.11 at 178.92 to lead the X-DRL Top Sportsman field before that event also was pre-empted by rain. Unfortunately, wet weather may also become a factor for this weekend’s (May 3-5) quarter-mile NHRA race at Atlanta Dragway.

“Right now it looks like we’re going to get rained on at some point this weekend,” Davis observed. “Hopefully it won’t last long, though, and we’re able to get this race in. I’m feeling good, the car is running good, and I’m determined to make a good showing here at our home track. We always have a lot of fans drop by the trailer and wish us luck in Atlanta, so I’d really like to do well for them, too.”

In addition to competing in NHRA Div. 2 Top Sportsman, since its inception in 2002 Davis has sponsored the class through his business, Davis Golf Carts, a full-service dealer of stock and customized carts for home, business and racing use.

Ronnie Davis Racing greatly appreciates the sponsorship and support of Roush Yates Performance Engine Group, Rock Batteries, J.H. Global Star Golf Carts, Hickory Enclosed Trailers & Race Performance Motor Coach, TracStar Satellite Systems, Hoosier, CSR, VP Racing Fuels, TCI, Moroso, Magnaflow, Hedman Hedders, Auto Meter, Torque Converter Services, Braswell Carburetors, MSD, Penske Shocks, Chapman Auto Body, and Tommy Mauney Race Cars.

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