"A Tribute to #21 Will Davis"
- In the words of his friend and fan Mike Wheeler -
William Avery “Will” Davis, born in Goldsboro, NC on August 14, 1964, loving husband to Rhonda, father to Cole, son to Avery and Joyce Davis, surrendered his life into the hands of the Lord on August 25, 2001 competing in the sport he loved and gave so much to, while serving his family first and foremost, and practicing his gift of giving freely in any capacity where he was called upon.
Will began racing as a youth around the age of nine and his talent grew almost as much as his passion for the sport of motorcycling. He was one of the best loved riders on the dirt track circuit by both his racing fans and competitors and was acknowledged in his being honored with the AMA Professional Sportsman of the Year in December, 2000. Will became involved in the Racing For Kids non-profit organization in 1996 which provided a channel in which to exercise his giving spirit having personally visited more than 1,000 young people, in hospitals all over the country signing autographs, and sharing himself in their lives, as well as contributing financially to the terminally ill. http://www.racingforkids.org/
In a professional career that spanned over 15 years, Will collected 32 Grand National wins placing him 7th in all time career wins on the GNC circuit in 2001, and runner up for the Grand National Title in 1997 and 2000, and was top contender in the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship at the time of his passing. He was also the 5 time MARS Asphalt Motorcycle Racing Series champion where he was unsurpassed in talent and determination in the series and where he held the coveted #1 plates. His National # 21 was feared and respected in Short Track, T T, Mile and Half Mile competition and Will's competitive spirit was only matched by his admiration of relationship to family and friends. He was a great asset to AMA Pro Racing, and as a testimony to his career in racing, was inducted into the AMA Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)