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Winning the best medicine

August 20, 2000

Winning the best medicine



Davis overcomes injuries from two accidents to claim victory at Speedway

By NICOLE MILLER / Staff Correspondent


As far as Will Davis has come in the last month, the final step - his winning the Progressive Insurance Grand National feature at the Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday - must have seemed awfully small.

About a month ago, Davis was playing with his church softball team when he collided with another player and fractured his skull. The injury left his face paralyzed and he was unable to move his mouth or blink his eyes, let alone drive his race car.

"The doctor told me that he sees this kind of thing five to six times a year, people getting fractured skulls from playing softball," Davis said. "I guess the safest thing I do is ride motorcycles over 100 mph."

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After taking a couple weeks to rest, Davis' body took another pounding last week when, in his first race back at the Peoria Motorcycle Clubgrounds in Illinois, he hit a hay bale.

"I've got bruises all over my body," he said.

But Davis came back in winning fashion.

In Saturday's feature, he and Mike Hacker jumped out in front of the pack and separated from rest of the field. In the second turn of the final lap, Davis made his move, ducking under Hacker and holding on to the finish.

"This is the best medication I could take for the injuries I've had over the past month," Davis said.

Willie McCoy pulled double duty in the Grand National feature and the Harley Davidson series motorcycle race, winning the latter. McCoy held the lead the entire 12 laps after a restart. Scott Stump finished second and Gary Rogers took third.

McCoy, last year's Harley Davidson series title winner, moved up from third in the point standings to tie Stump in first with 65 points.

"I'm going to do everything I can to win this title, I'm going to win as many races as I can and leave it up to the other guys to try to beat me," McCoy said.

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