Ronnie Davis: Drag Racer Dies From Injuries Sustained in Crash, Race Track Says

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
April 11, 2016 Updated: April 11, 2016

Acclaimed drag racer Ronnie Davis died on Sunday, Rockingham Dragway said in a release, from a crash sustained Saturday during Top Sportsman, qualifying for the third annual PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. Davis was 66.

Sports journalist/photographer Ian Tocher was also injured in the crash and remains hospitalized. 

RONNIE DAVIS SUCCUMBS TO RACING INJURIES Ronnie “the King” Davis, 58, a five-time IHRA World Champion and the reigning…

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According to a post by Rockingham Dragway, Davis had just completed a final qualifying run in 4.130 seconds at 178.19 miles per hour when his car turned left, then shot back across the track in front of the Chevrolet Camaro of rival Mark Malcuit, clearing the right side guardwall where it then barrel-rolled.

Tocher, a senior editor at Drag Illustrated, was hit by debris from the crash. Both Davis and Tocher were originally hospitalized after the crash Saturday afternoon, Competition Plus had reported. 

RONNIE DAVIS SUCCUMBS TO RACING INJURIESRonnie “the King” Davis, 66, a five-time IHRA World Champion and the reigning…

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“Not only are Ian and Ronnie extremely close friends, they are incredible ambassadors for the sport of drag racing,” Drag Illustrated posted on Facebook. 

UPDATE: Not a lot has changed since this morning, but Sue did speak to Ian this afternoon, and he opened his eyes when…

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Davis, who was known as “The King,” is the reigning PDRA World Champion in the Top Sportsman class and is the owner of Davis Golf Carts, the official pit vehicle provider to the PDRA.


PDRA RACER RONNIE DAVIS PASSESROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (April 10, 2016) – With great sadness, PDRA announced this…

Posted by PDRA Racing on Sunday, April 10, 2016