Logan Davies loves going fast.
He loves getting on his ride and going fast and jumping over really big hills. He loves going from zero to 80 in 100 feet or less.
Davies, a junior at Clay, recently completed his first season on the Michigan Extreme Racing (MXR) snowmobile circuit. He competed in about 10 MXR races and placed in the top three in nearly all of them.
“He did incredibly well for his first year,” said Logan’s mom, Kathleen. “They said if they had a Rookie of the Year Award, he would have gotten it. A lot of these kids start out when they’re really young and come up the pike. We’ve always been snowmobilers as a family, and Logan had a love for it right away.”
Logan, who played linebacker at Clay last season, remembers riding a snowmobile on his own for the first time at around age 5.
“It was up north and we were playing around in a field, on a trail,” he said. “We were just playing in the deep snow and hitting little jumps. I’ve always ridden snowmobiles and always wanted to race them. Finally, I got the approval from my mom (his father is Tom) to race this year. I was so excited, just really happy that she really let me race.”
Logan, 17, who was born hearing impaired, was fitted with a cochlear implant at age 2, and he hears just fine. Now, his mother said, he is “living his dream” competing on snowmobiles.
“When he was a wee little boy, he was drawing snowmobiles and four-wheelers and said he’s going to race snowmobiles one day,” Kathleen said. “And here he is, doing it. He’s living his dream. I didn’t want him doing this. It’s quite dangerous. He’s got $150,000 in his head with this cochlear implant.”
The MXR snowmobile season runs from December through March. MXR riders compete all over the nation, but Davies, who rides a Polaris 600 IQR, stayed on the Michigan circuit this winter. He competed in the Sport class and Super Sport class.
“It’s an adrenaline rush,” said Logan, an honor roll student. “I just love being competitive and doing something I’ve always loved, but taking it to an extreme. It’s competing, but you have to be alert to everything. The best part is getting big air and racing with your buddies around the track. The biggest ‘table top’ (jump) I’ve cleared is probably 100 feet, about 20-25 feet up in the air. It feels like you’re floating.”
Davies said he thought he fared pretty well for his first year on the MXR circuit.
“I did better than what I expected,” he said. “This whole racing thing, that’s all I’ve wanted to do. I’ve always ridden trails through the woods and stuff with my family. I’ve always wanted to go faster and faster.”
Does Davies ever worry about getting hurt? He said he knows the risks involved with traveling reeeal fast on, basically, a motorized sled.
“I don’t really fear it that way,” Davies said. “If something’s going wrong, like coming down on a landing, you just have to fix it and overcome it. I’ve crashed at a National race in Traverse City. I had cleared a triple (jump) – tried to – only I ended up coming up short and I ended up on top of the (hill). I got a little banged up. Nothing major. You just have to get back on it and go.”
Davies said he owes a lot to his mechanic, Scott Russeau, and his sponsors, including Woody’s, Mark’s Industrial, Yark Automotive, USI Skis, DMD Specialties, and Team Polaris.
“My goal is to work my way up and race on the National circuit and maybe get on a team for Nationals,” he said. “I’m up for doing it as long as I can, until I can’t move anymore.”