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Kertus Davis (born February 26, 1981)[1] is a NASCAR driver. He is currently the competition director for JD Motorsports.

Kertus Davis
Kertus Davis 2008 New Hampshire in Garage.JPG
Davis in 2008
Born (1981-02-26) February 26, 1981 (age 38)
Gaffney, South Carolina
Achievements1998 South Carolina State Karting Championship
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
117 races run over 8 years
2009 position59th
Best finish31st (2005)
First race2001 Nazareth 200 (Nazareth)
Last race2009 U.S. Cellular 250 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of July 2, 2012.

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Prior to NASCAR/USAREdit

Davis began racing in go-karts at the age of eight, competing in his hometown of Gaffney around various tracks. He raced in the karts for a number of years, and finished 3rd in the World Karting Association finals at the age of 17. In 1998, Davis began racing Late Model Stock Cars in various Southeastern tracks, gaining experience and a handful of top-five finishes. He mostly competed at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and Timmonsville Speedway. During the 1999 season, he made three starts in the USAR ProCup Series.

He competed for Rookie of the Year in 2000 in the USAR Pro-Cup Competing in 20 events, Davis finished the season 17th in points with top ten finishes. In 2001, he finished 11th in the Southern Division points standing with eight top-ten finishes. After a part-time USAR run in 2002, he joined Premiere Motorsports to run a full-time schedule 2003. He won his first race at Smithton, Pennsylvania and finished third in the Northern Division points, thirteenth for the entire sanctioning body.

Early NASCAR careerEdit

Davis made his NASCAR debut in 2001 at Nazareth Speedway for Jimmy Means. He qualified the No. 52 Broadway Motors Ford Taurus in 34th place, but finished 36th after an early engine failure. In the next two races, he finished 42nd at Dover International Speedway and 40th at the Milwaukee Mile. He made the switch over to the No. 77 Gestener Ford for Moy Racing at the second Dover race, where he finished 34th after a crash.

Davis made five starts in 2002. He ran the No. 77 Docutech/Gestetner Ford in his first 2002 race at Richmond, and had the best weekend of his career at the time with a 29th place start and 26th-place finish. For the rest of the season, Davis only drove the No. 0 Chevrolet for his father's race team, Davis Motorsports. In four starts, his best finish was a 24th at Memphis Motorsports Park. Davis did not race at all in 2003, due to his USAR commitments, but he played a large role as Davis Motorsports began to run full-time in the series. He worked in the shop and every now and then on the pit box[citation needed], as the team made its first full season.

He raced again in 2004, starting at Indianapolis Raceway Park for his father's team, where he had a 29th-place finish, followed by a 27th at Dover and a 34th at Darlington. Davis moved to the No. 0 full-time in 2005, with RaceGirl serving as sponsor. He failed to qualify for five races, but had a career-best tenth-place run at Talladega Superspeedway, and finished thirty-first in points. He also made one start in the No. 12 Supercuts/Hot Tamales Dodge at Texas Motor Speedway for FitzBradshaw Racing, but finished in 40th due to a transmission failure. For the 2006 season, Davis attempted to race full-time. The team used former Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie to get in the race at Mexico,and at Atlanta, MacDonald Motorsports aided the Davis team with MacDonald's pit crew. Davis also took one-race deals, driving the No. 34 Sport Clips Chevrolet for Frank Cicci Racing at Darlington, the No. 43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Dodge for the Curb Agajanian Performance Group at Dover, and at Nashville, he prepared the No. 20 Rockwell Automation car for NEXTEL Cup driver Denny Hamlin. He returned to his own car at Milwaukee, where he finished out the season. He also attempted races for Morgan Shepherd, CJM Racing, and Front Row Motorsports at the Nextel Cup level, but did not qualify for any of those races.

2007–presentEdit

 
2009 Nationwide No. 04 at Milwaukee

In 2007, Davis signed to drive for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in the No. 77 Dollar General Chevy for 13 races, sharing the car with Bobby Labonte and Kevin Harvick. Davis ran at Fontana starting 33rd but collided with Eric McClure who ironically was driving the No. 0 car that Davis drove before. He recovered to finish 30th, last on lead lap. He then made his first road course start at Mexico where he started 37th and finished 31st one lap down. He was replaced by Ron Hornaday Jr. prior to the race at Milwaukee. Shortly after that, it was announced that Davis had been released by KHI, due to Dollar General wanting only Cup drivers in the car. He ran the rest of the season in the No. 01 car fielded by his family team.

For 2008, Davis began the season in the No. 0 car, but moved over to the No. 01 after one race with RaceGirl sponsoring. This came after his team in the opening race of 2008 was penalized due to an illegal oil tank. The team was penalized 25 driver & owner points, and crew chief Gene Allnut was suspended for 6 races. In the interim, Davis had the 1st ever female crew chief in NASCAR's top touring series at Las Vegas.[2] Kertus at Talladega in 2008 avoided the "Big One" again like in 2005 and he finished 12th on the lead lap falling out of the top 10 in turn 4. Following the race at Nashville where he blew his engine, Davis left his father's team to pursue other racing options. He was 24th in points at the time. He spent the rest of the season driving the No. 49 for Jay Robinson. In 2009, Davis returned to Jay Robinson Racing in the No. 49 car. GetMoreVacations.com sponsored the car for a few races in the beginning of the season. After 14 races in 2009 with JRR, Davis went back to his father's team to drive the No. 04 Chevy. He did not race in 2010, but served as crew chief for the No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Chrissy Wallace in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega;. in 2011 he became the team's competition director.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NNCC Pts Ref
2006 Shepherd Racing Ventures 89 Dodge DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH
DNQ
DAR NA - [3]
CJM Racing 72 Dodge CLT
DNQ
DOV POC MCH SON DAY
DNQ
CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI
Front Row Motorsports 34 Chevy CAL
DNQ
RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts Ref
2001 Jimmy Means Racing 52 Ford DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH
35
CLT DOV
42
KEN MLW
40
GLN CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH 80th 199 [4]
PRW Racing 77 Ford DOV
34
KAN CLT MEM PHO CAR HOM
2002 DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH
26
NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN 67th 353 [5]
Davis Motorsports 0 Chevy MLW
32
DAY CHI GTY
DNQ
PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR
31
RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
24
ATL CAR
41
PHO HOM
DNQ
2004 Davis Motorsports 0 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP
29
MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV
27
KAN CLT
DNQ
MEM
DNQ
ATL PHO
DNQ
DAR
34
HOM
DNQ
93rd 219 [6]
2005 DAY
34
CAL
42
MXC LVS
42
ATL
28
NSH
32
BRI
26
TEX
40
PHO
25
TAL
10
DAR
33
RCH
DNQ
CLT
37
DOV
27
NSH
36
KEN
26
MLW
39
DAY
21
CHI
DNQ
NHA
38
PPR
41
GTY
40
IRP
30
GLN MCH
42
BRI
33
CAL
35
RCH
DNQ
DOV
25
KAN
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
MEM
28
PHO
31
HOM
41
31st 1804 [7]
FitzBradshaw Racing 12 Dodge TEX
40
2006 Davis Motorsports 0 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL
42
MXC LVS
DNQ
ATL
35
BRI
40
TEX
DNQ
NSH
43
PHO
41
TAL
32
RCH
DNQ
MLW
36
DAY
31
CHI
34
NHA
31
MAR
42
GTY
39
IRP GLN MCH
40
BRI
38
CAL
35
RCH
42
DOV
41
KAN
36
CLT
DNQ
TEX
37
PHO
40
HOM
DNQ
40th 1119 [8]
Frank Cicci Racing 34 Chevy DAR
42
CLT
DNQ
Curb Agajanian Performance Group 43 Dodge DOV
27
NSH KEN
Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Chevy MEM
QL
2007 Kevin Harvick Incorporated 77 Chevy DAY CAL
30
MXC
31
LVS ATL BRI NSH
37
TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH
32
KEN
30
MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY 67th 584 [9]
Phoenix Racing 1 Chevy IRP
QL
CGV GLN
D.D.L. Motorsports 01 Chevy MCH
43
BRI CAL
33
RCH
DNQ
DOV KAN
43
CLT
42
MEM
DNQ
TEX
41
PHO
41
HOM
DNQ
2008 JD Motorsports 0 DAY
DNQ
DOV
36
34th 1639 [10]
01 DAY
32
CAL
31
LVS
33
ATL
42
BRI
23
NSH
30
TEX
32
PHO
25
MXC
43
TAL
12
RCH
31
DAR
29
CLT
25
NSH
32
Jay Robinson Racing 49 Chevy KEN
37
NHA
35
DAY
42
CHI
42
GTY
43
IRP
39
CGV GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
CAL
43
RCH
42
DOV
37
KAN
40
CLT
DNQ
MEM
39
TEX
43
PHO
42
HOM
41
CFK Motorsports 73 Dodge MLW
42
2009 Jay Robinson Racing 49 Chevy DAY
38
CAL
25
LVS
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
NSH
40
PHO
39
TAL
22
RCH
42
DAR
40
CLT
DNQ
DOV
36
NSH
35
KEN 59th 743 [11]
JD Motorsports 04 Chevy MLW
42
NHA
DNQ
DAY
33
CHI
42
GTY
DNQ
IRP
42
0 IOW
37
GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
- Qualified for Denny Hamlin · - Qualified for J. J. Yeley

ARCA Re/Max SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ARMC Pts Ref
2004 Hylton Motorsports 48 Chevy DAY NSH SLM KEN TOL CLT KAN POC MCH SBO BLN KEN GTW POC LER NSH ISF TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL
DNQ
NA - [12]
2005 DAY
DNQ
NSH SLM KEN TOL LAN MIL POC MCH KAN KEN BLN POC GTW LER NSH MCH ISF TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL 183rd 25 [13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kertus Davis Career Statistics
  2. ^ Woosley First Female Crew Chief In NASCAR National Series History
  3. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2001 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2002 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2005 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  8. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  11. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2004 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Kertus Davis – 2005 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 5, 2015.

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