“Better than I expected!”

Brian Davidson easily summarized 2016’s campaign, his first in an IMCA Northern SportMod, with the above sentence.

And many would say the same about his drive for the title. Davidson made a jump from Mod Lites to the SportMods over the winter, and was fast right out of the gate. Even though he didn’t get a win on the season he did finish in the top 5 10 times, and 17 out of 18 races in the top 10, proving once again that consistency is key. It was amongst many things he shared with IMCA Modified Champion Tyler Frye, including a car number and the Rookie status.

Davidson also explored the area with his SportMod, finding similar success at Heartland Park Topeka, RPM Speedway in Hays, Dodge City Raceway Park, Thomas County Speedway in Colby, Sherman County Speedway in Goodland, Elmwood Park Speedway in Norton (where he picked up a feature win), Rooks County Speedway in Stockton, Osborne Speedway, 81 Speedway in Wichita, and Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska.

And after all that, his biggest moment of 2016? “Racing door to door with Ryan “The Reaper” Gustin in Wichita for four laps,” said Davidson.

Overall with IMCA he was a National runner-up for Rookie of the Year and Kansas State Champion in his division.

An all-star pit crew will usually help get you to where you’re at, and Davidson’s was no exception. Among those were Crew Chief Bobby Bolinue, Sandy Bolinue, Stan Packer/Trey Fairbank, Tracy Lobdell, Danny Morrison Sr., Shayne Haney, Gabriel Davidson head cook, and Keelan Aita Tire Guy.

Gracing the body panels of his IMCA Northern SportMod this season as sponsors were BSB Manufacturing, Gans Brothers Farms, Travis’s Plumbing, Advanced Auto parts, All pack battery, DRS, Jeff Cyphers, Kansas Homes & Movers/Danny Huehl, Fornicating fabricator/Russell Blochlinger, Davidson Construction, Elite Sports, Yeti Motorsports, Grauer Management , Casselman Chiropractic, Peerless Tires, Dirt track devils, Advanced Engine, Westside Ventures, K four trailers, and Little Grain Bin Publishing.

When he’s not burning circles around Kansas Brian enjoys predator calling and spending time at the lake. Unknown to most he has an Associates Degree from Hutchinson Community College and a Bachelor’s of Music Performance Degree from Wichita State University.

During the workday Brian is a general contractor for commercial and residential construction, licensed in Salina.

Plans for 2017 and the next 5 years call for more racing and more fun. “Racing where we want and when we want this year with fun as our goal! Hope to still be racing in 5 years!”

by Dusty Wiegert