JANUARY 11, 2001
Davis makes NHRA Hall
1974, Preston Davis walked away from professional drag racing after a fiery
accident at Blaney, S.C.
I quit I quit totally," Davis said. "I never watched it on TV. I
couldn't. It would eat at my insides. I loved it so much but I had to put my
quit at the top of his game, having teamed with Raymond Godman to make their
Tennessee Boll Weevil a famous name in the National Hot Rod Association.
From 1968-73, Davis won four points championships and was runnerup another
Saturday night at Jacksonville, Fla., Davis, 59, will be inducted into the
NHRA Southeast Division Hall of Fame. He'll become the 14th person inducted
into the Hall of Fame's Pro Driver Category.
the ultimate compliment that the Southeast Division can bestow on
somebody," said Bill Holt, NHRA Southeast Division Director and a
member of the Hall of Fame's six-person selection committee.
who lives in Bartlett, was informed of his selection on Christmas Eve by
drag racing legend Don Garlits, who is also on the selection committee.
knew his voice right off," Davis said. "He said, 'This is the Big
Daddy and I've got a Christmas present for you. You're going into the Hall
of Fame' I was speechless."
in recent years has become one of the Mid South's top professional bass
fishermen with three berths in the prestigious Red Man All-American
just as competitive fishing as I was drag racing," Davis said. "I
had a good ride in drag racing but being in the Hall of Fame tops it all.
who is in the constructions business, will have his name put on a
trophy that will be placed in the Don Garlits Museum in Ocala, Fla.