SoHi senior Corey Davis looks toward his future in snow sled racing and sticking with the family business at Davis Block.
Scott Davis and the family owned Davis Block & Concrete Company of Soldotna have become synonymous with snow machine racing in Alaska. After finishing second last year by one second, Davis again re-claimed the 2007 Iron Dog championship with his partner Todd Palin, tying him for the most Iron Dog wins ever. “There was probably more satisfaction winning this year then ever, I had a dry spell not winning since 1999, and as I age and see that my total years was more than the second place teams ages combined you perhaps enjoy the victory a little more,” said Davis. Scott has been running the Iron Dog since 1984 and after his win this year in Fairbanks he announced he was retiring, but now he says that announcement may have been premature, “The thought of not running again just isn’t setting too well with me, I love to compete and I love the challenge of building a snowmobile and making it last the course. I was in better physical shape than ever at the end of this race, so I may reconsider. I don’t have to make my mind up right away, so I told Todd to let me enjoy my time off and I may reconsider,” Davis told the Dispatch.
However, while enjoying some of his time off in Hawaii knowing that his son Corey would be competing in his first X-Games, Davis said he just couldn’t stand not being there. So he left the beach and went to the airport and flew to Aspen, Colorado. Corey was the national semi-pro points champion and is the first Alaskan ever to earn an invitation to compete in the WX SnowCross where he was the youngest rider in the event and finished an impressive 18th in his rookie year. Corey says he got an early start riding snow machines and riding for the fun of it, but didn’t take it seriously until he got to be racing age, “When you start thinking about it as a profession and a way to make a living it’s different from recreational riding. I really want to be a champion and the fastest at my sport, and that takes dedication, so when that point came along I decided I wanted to do it. It’s a 100% commitment and calls for a lot of physical conditioning and keeping your head on straight,” said Davis.
The 18-year-old SoHi senior says riding amongst the most extreme racers in the world was quite an experience, “These were guys I had heard of and looked up to all my life and to be racing with them let me realize that I had reached a new level on the way to become something good.” Like any successful young athlete the opportunity and timing of turning pro is a common question to which Davis replies, “I wouldn’t mind going pro next year, but there are certainly pros and cons. The competition gets a lot higher in the pro class. My speeds there but there are a lot more guys riding at those speeds in the pros, that decision will be made in part by my sponsor who will be putting the finances forward, so it sort of depends on what I’m hired for. My d ad is a big help with all that and helps me negotiate with my sponsors,” said Davis.
While most high school seniors will be preparing to enter college next fall, Corey plans on training all summer for his first race in November, “I work here at Davis Block and it gives me the opportunity to pursue a racing career. I want to stick with the family business and plan on taking some business management courses in the future, but right now I’m committed to sled racing,” added Davis.
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