Posted by: NHRA.com staff

Jack Davis, who helped revolutionize the world of performance exhaust with the development of the first step header during his long employment with aftermarket giant Hooker Headers, died Jan. 18. He was 79.

Davis joined the header manufacturer in 1961 after the former Stock driver met company owner Gary Hooker and was offered a ride in the company’s ’67 Belvedere Super Stocker. That led to a long relationship that lasted well in the 1980s with Davis spearheading the company’s research and development. The first step header went on the Pro Stock car of Ronnie Sox in the early 970s.

After he left Hooker, Davis and his son Darren, a national-event-winning Comp eliminator driver, opened Davis Step Headers, which they ran until 2003, when the senior Davis retired.

Pictured: Jack, left, and Darren Davis.