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Superman Fights Off Overton for Night 2 East Bay Victory

February 7, 2018 • App, Archives, Dirt Cars, Region - National, Region - Southeast, Speedweeks Central, Speedweeks Central - Dirt, Ticker

Tampa, FL — Jonathan Davenport fought off a furious late-race challenge from Brandon Overton to win night two of the Wrisco Industries 42nd Annual Winternationals – presented by E3 Spark Plugs at East Bay Raceway Park.

 

A caution with 22 laps complete set up and eight-lap shootout between Davenport and the tenth-place starting Overton. The two raced the outside line around the 1/3-mile oval using every inch of the cushion that remained. Davenport went to the outside of a lapped car as Overton went low, heading into turn one on the final lap. Overton slid almost all the way up the track, but left Davenport room as he went on to take his third career win in the Winternationals.

 

Tonight, marked the first win of the newly formed team for car owner Lance Landers and his driver Davenport, who recorded his 28th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Overton finished second in the Chip Stone, Randy Weaver-owned entry, followed by opening night winner Brandon Sheppard grabbing third in the Mark Richards Racing, Rocket. Josh Richards and Tyler Erb completed the top five drivers.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane Davenport recalled thinking he was going to lose the race during the waning laps. “I thought I had run over something during those last few laps. The car wasn’t the same, but it’s great to get that first win for Lance Landers. Thanks to my crew, Jason Durham, Kevin Rumley, and everyone that helps. They have worked their tails off, we have a few more days to go. Jason and Kevin put their heads together after last night and we were spot on today. They always say the first one is the hardest to get. I just hope my crew is as proud of me as I am of them. I just want say hello to everyone watching back home. My son Blaine and wife Rachel I know are tuned in to watching it online.”

 

Overton was pleased with his performance after a tough start to his Speedweeks at Golden Isles. “It hadn’t been nearly as good of a start to speedweeks so far, as it was last year that’s for sure. We just need to race a little bit more. As I said, we have had a terrible start to the year. Hopefully with this run, we can get rolling. The slide job on the last lap got off to a good start, but at the end I was thinking I need to get out of it or I could wreck both cars.”

 

Sheppard was looking for his second win in a row but finished third. “On that final restart, I chose the bottom. I thought I could get enough grip off the corner and then shoot across to get to the top of the track. They [Davenport and Overton] had a way better restart than I did. I went out on a limb and chose the bottom. A first and a third to start the week is great. I need to get qualifying better. I haven’t qualified very well since we have been down here. I think if we do that better, then we will start up front in these races.”

 

The winner’s Lance Landers Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Crop Production Services, Spartan Mowers, Valvoline, ASC Warranty, Penske Racing Shocks, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.

 

Completing the top ten were Bobby Pierce, who started 24th, Kyle Bronson, Devin Moran, Earl Pearson Jr., and Timothy Culp.

 

-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release

-Photo credit: Heath Lawson

 

Feature Finish (30 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$5,100
2
10
116
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$3,000
3
9
1s
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$2,000
4
17
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$1,500
5
8
91
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$1,000
6
24
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$800
7
4
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$750
8
19
9
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$700
9
18
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$650
10
3
C8
Timothy Culp
Prattsville, AR
$600
11
13
21JR
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
$550
12
5
11
Austin Hubbard
Bridgeville, DE
$500
13
6
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$500
14
26
18J
Chase Junghans
Manhattan, KS
$500
15
23
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$500
16
12
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
$500
17
21
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$500
18
20
99B
Boom Briggs
Bear Lake, PA
$500
19
16
22*
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$500
20
7
69*
Carder Miller
Salem, VA
$500
21
22
14m
Morgan Bagley
Gladewater, TX
$500
22
1
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$500
23
14
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$500
24
25
12J
Jason Jameson
Lawrenceburg, IN
$500
25
15
00
Jesse Stovall
Billings, MO
$500
26
11
6T
Tim Dohm
Cross Lanes, WV
$500

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