Drag racing champ Ronnie Davis dies from injuries sustained in crash

Ronnie "The King" Davis died Sunday from injuries sustained Saturday in a crash during a drag racing event at Rockingham Dragway.

The track said Sunday that the 66-year-old Davis, from Suwanee, Georgia, had completed a final qualifying run in the PDRA Spring Nationals when his 1963 Corvette turned left and shot across the track in front rival Mark Malcuit’s car. Davis’ car cleared the right-side guardwall and barrel-rolled.

Davis was taken to Moore County Regional Hospital in Pinehurst and later to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

Davis was a five-time IHRA season champion. Early in his career, he was almost unbeatable at Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway, where he earned his nickname by dominating a competition called "King of the Hill."

He owned Davis Golf Carts in Suwanee.

Additionally, Drag Illustrated reports that journalist Ian Tocher is undergoing surgery after being hit by Davis’ car:

UPDATE: Ian Tocher is being prepped to go into surgery at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The doctors…

Posted by Drag Illustrated on Monday, April 11, 2016