Story by Darren Heartwell
Peyton Davis earned his first Grand National Championship with his “Punisher” Chevrolet in 2017. He also finished third with the “Young Gun” Chevrolet. The young veteran won four times during the season, twice with each truck.
He stated, “It’s the season that I’ve dreamed of for a long time! It took a lot of hard work to do it. I had a lot of people back home and on the road helping me. Everything just went our way! Everywhere we go, the Four Wheel Drive class is so tough. You have to be on your ‘A’ game to win.”
Davis began the season with a seventh-place finish on Friday night in Benson, North Carolina. He moved into a tie for the points lead with a runner-up finish on Saturday night. He finished 11th in Hutchinson, Minnesota on Friday night and Saturday night was rained out.
The Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin was one of the highlights of the season. He won on Friday afternoon and finished second on Saturday night to extend his points lead. He stated, “I’ve always wanted to win there; been second many times.”
He parked “Young Gun” in first place in Session One at the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. “Punisher” finished fifth on Friday night and 13th on Saturday night.
The next weekend was busy with a Thursday night hook in Michigan, Peyton’s birthday on Saturday, and then two hooks in New York on Sunday. It was a great start to the weekend. In Monroe, Michigan he won with the “Young Gun” truck and finished second with “Punisher” to seize the points lead. He would not give up the lead for the remainder of the season. He won the afternoon session at the Western New York Championship pull in Langford, New York with “Punisher” and placed third in the evening session.
He finished 13th and 12th in the two hooks in Norwalk, Wisconsin to take a 14-point lead into the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. Davis finished seventh and ninth there to extend the lead to 20 points with just three hooks remaining.
He stayed consistent with another ninth-place finish at the Tuesday hook in Hudsonville, Michigan. He moved up to third place on Wednesday. Davis finished 16th at the Tri-State Showdown in Wauseon, Ohio to clinch his first championship. He followed that up with his first Grand National win at the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio with “Punisher.” He won the Enderle at the regional level in 2009.
Peyton stated, “This championship means everything to me! It’s what we’ve always wanted to do since we started. It all worked out, feels great!”
He would like thank his parents, Terry and Ellen, his brother John, Mara, Lena, Patrick, Hunter Brooks, and Ernie Schefflien. He would also like to thank his sponsor, DeKalb and Asgrow—--“Robert helps us out in the field and pulling”—--Sonny’s Racing Engines, SCS Gearbox and Steve Barker Chassis.
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