Russ Davis Back to Race Ac­tion

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Russ Davis takes on re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of Vice Pres­i­dent of Sales and Mar­ket­ing for the AMSOIL World Cham­pi­onship Snow­mo­bile Derby pre­sented by First Place Parts.com. The an­nounce­ment came Oc­to­ber 14, 2014. Mr. Davis has al­ready as­sumed his du­ties. Chuck Decker, Pres­i­dent and track owner, de­scribes Russ as “One of the true gentle­men of our sport, ex­tremely knowl­edge­able and a prime mover in our snow­mo­bile world. There is prob­a­bly no more re­spected snow­mo­bile industry ex­ec­u­tive then Russ Davis. We are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing him on our staff.”

Davis says, “I am very ex­cited to join a recre­ational sports ori­en­tated busi­ness with op­por­tu­ni­ties that are un­lim­ited. Chuck Decker and the Decker Fam­ily have built the World Cham­pi­onship Derby and the Vin­tage World Cham­pi­onship events into a year round world class venue. This along with young Natalie Decker’s car rac­ing ca­reer will chal­lenge me to put a strate­gic plan to­gether that makes sense to all in­volved.” Davis con­cludes, “I will be out look­ing for fu­ture spon­sors and part­ners that want to help take ad­van­tage of this great op­por­tu­nity.”

Davis’s life­long as­so­ci­a­tion in the snow­mo­bile arena be­gan when he was the owner of a re­tail store in Sayner Wis­con­sin and started as sales­man for Snow­mo­bile Sales Inc., sell­ing Scor­pion snow­mo­biles. Shortly af­ter, he be­came Na­tional Sales Man­ager for the Scor­pion Fac­tory in Crosby, Min­nesota.

This was fol­lowed by a move to Du­luth to be­come Na­tional Sales Man­ager for the Cen­tral U.S. for Ski Doo. Af­ter clos­ing Ski Doo’s of­fice in Chicago he brought the team back to Wausau to open a brand new dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter for Bom­bardier Ski Doo / Sea Doo for North Amer­ica and be­came Na­tional Sales Man­ager for this ex­panded en­tity. Pro­moted again as Vice Pres­i­dent of Sales and Mar­ket­ing for snow­mo­biles world­wide, which in­cluded snow­mo­bile manufacturing fa­cil­i­ties in Rovaniemi, Fin­land.

He also en­joyed early suc­cess as a snow­mo­bile racer, win­ning the 1969 Stock Class “B” on a Ski Doo 292, at the Ea­gle River World Cham­pi­onship. His in­volve­ment with rac­ing con­tin­ued as he had full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Ski Doo race Depart­ment in Val­court, Que­bec. Russ was also re­spon­si­ble for the Ski Doo spon­sored tele­vi­sion race cov­er­age of the World Cham­pi­onship Snow­mo­bile Derby for 14 years by CBS chan­nel 7 in Wausau Wis­con­sin.

Be­fit­ting his promi­nence in the snow­mo­bile world, Russ was in­ducted into the In­ter­na­tional Snow­mo­bile Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Deck­ers and Davis have run par­al­lel paths in the snow­mo­bile arena for all of their lives, and col­lec­tively have more than 300 years of ex­pe­ri­ence – this as­so­ci­a­tion sig­ni­fies a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for the AMSOIL World Cham­pi­onship Snow­mo­bile Derby.

“One of the true gentle­men of our sport”

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