After a successful rookie season finishing third in points and winning Rookie of the Year, hopes were high for success for Davey Terry coming into this season. However, it hasn’t gone as well as the Erin, Ontario native would have hoped for.
“It’s been a really up and down season,” Terry said on Sunday at Kawartha Speedway. “We’ve fought handling issues and motor issues and a couple wrecks here and there.”
From dirt getting in the carburetor at Sunset to a hard wreck on Sunset’s front stretch to motor issues taking him out of the running at Peterborough Speedway, just to name a few of the nights, Terry has experienced everything this year. This past weekend at Kawartha, Terry had a solid run, finishing sixth in the feature.
One of the lessons that Terry learned in his rookie year was to “make sure you take care of your equipment and everything else falls into place” as per stated earlier this year at the Canadian Motorsports Expo as part of the Younggun Panel. Terry has done that, able to finish most of the races despite the problems, putting himself third in points, behind Gary and Brent McLean.
Going into the second half of the season, there is one goal that is still on the mind of the driver of the No. 14 Wasteco Modified and that’s to score his career Modified feature victory.
“That’s proving to be a little tougher than what I expected it to be,” he said. “This year there’s been a lot of really fast cars but we have a lot of new tires saved up. We’re going to come out with them at the end of the year and put them to use.”
The competition in the OSCAAR Modified Series has been close this year with multiple drivers getting to victory lane, including some first time winners. However, even with gaining cars, there is always room for improvement.
“The rules, they need a little bit of an adjustment just to allow a little more diverse field and equally easy for others to bring cars out,” Terry said. “We could do with a lighter season with less races and more crate motors, with more emphasis on the crate motors to keep costs down to bring cars out as well.”
Like other young drivers, Terry got his start in the Waterloo Regional Karting Club, starting at the age of 13. He then moved up to the Mini Stock division for four years before joining the Modifieds last year.