Tazewell, TN – Jonathan Davenport took the lead on lap 35 from Scott Bloomquist and led the rest of the way to win the Toyota Knoxville 50 on Friday Night. It was Davenport’s third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season, and came before a record crowd at Tazewell Speedway.

Davenport held off a hard charging Bloomquist in the closing laps to score a popular victory in the K&L Rumley, Longhorn Chassis. Defending series champion, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens completed the Top-5.

“That was pretty exciting, wasn’t it,” said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane as the crowd roared wildly in saluting his come from behind victory. “I just love running here! I couldn’t wait to get here today, and to top it off, my dad was here to watch us run. He rarely gets to come to the races, so it was great to get the win for Rumley and my dad.”

“That top groove came into it. We struggled for several laps to get going. I was below the line I wanted to run several times and finally got up against the wall and the car took off, there was plenty of grip up there. A lot of the guys seemed to stick to the bottom and middle and that left the door open for me. I figured we were turning lap times considerably quicker than anybody. This Longhorn Chassis was just unbelievable, what else can I say? This is the first time Kevin and LeRoy have been here. I want to thank TS Crane Service, Sundance Services, Sundance Flowback Well Testing, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.”

Bloomquist took the lead at the start of the feature and quickly bolted away from the field. A red-flag came out on lap five for Series Point Leader, Earl Pearson Jr. who flipped several times in turn number three. Pearson escaped uninjured from his car, but his brand-new Black Diamond Chassis was severely damaged.

When the race resumed, Bloomquist continued to show the way with Francis running in second. Shortly after, Francis later saw his teammate O’Neal sweep by him to take over second.   All eyes quickly locked in on Davenport as he was rapidly picking multiple cars at a time.

Bloomquist, O’Neal, and Davenport waged had a tremendous battle for the lead with Davenport taking second just past the halfway mark. Davenport then tried for five laps to get by Bloomquist, finally completing the pass for the lead on lap 35.

“I don’t know where he came from,” said Bloomquist, referring to Davenport. “I could feel our line going away in the last half of the race, I should have moved up to the top quicker than I did. He [Davenport] was around me before I realized it.”

Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, and Donald McIntosh.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 25 entrants, with a lap of 10.926 seconds. Chad Ogle set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 11.243 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Stacy Boles, Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary
Friday, May 29th, 2015
Toyota Knoxville – Tazewell, TN
Tazewell Speedway – Tazewell, TN

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 10.926 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Chad Ogle / 11.243 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Eric Wells, Donald McIntosh, Chris Brown, Brent Hensley

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Stacey Boles, Jared Landers, Billy Ogle Jr., Brad Neat, Brian Smith, Wade Howerton-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Steve Francis, Don O’Neal, Chad Ogle, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Brandon Sheppard, Tommy Bailey

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Mack McCarter, Devin Moran, Dennis Erb, Jr.

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

9

6

Jonathan Davenport

Mount Airy, NC

2

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3

6

5

Don O’Neal

Martinsville, IN

4

2

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

5

4

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

6

7

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

7

8

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

8

11

201

Billy Ogle Jr.

Knoxville, TN

9

14

28w

Jeff Wolfenbarger

Clinton, TN

10

17

7

Donald McIntosh

Dawsonville, GA

11

21

21b

Chris Brown

Spring, TX

12

16

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

13

20

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

14

18

B5

Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL

15

10

10

Chad Ogle

Sevierville, TN

16

19

7b

Brian Smith

Gray, KY

17

13

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

18

12

51

Mack McCarter

Gatlinburg, TN

19

22

11B

Tommy Bailey

Corbin, KY

20

3

11b

Stacey Boles

Clinton, TN

21

24

70

Brent Hensley

Russellville, TN

22

5

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

23

15

16

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

24

23

15H

Wade Howerton

Tazewell, TN

Race Statistics

Entrants: 25

Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 34); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 35 – 50)
Cautions: Earl Pearson Jr., Brad Neat (Lap 2); Mack McCarter (Lap 7); Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 43); Devin Moran (Lap 46)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisional: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Chris Brown (Started: 21st; Finished: 11th; Advanced 10 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Don O’Neal
Allstar Performer of the Race: Jonathan Davenport

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport

Rookie of the Race: Chris Brown
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Race Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kevin Rumley (Jonathan Davenport)

CV Products Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #5 – 11.573 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (34 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Earl Pearson Jr.

Time of Race: 33 minutes 49 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

5

Don O’Neal

Martinsville, IN

2480

2

6

Jonathan Davenport

Mount Airy, NC

2475

2

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2475

4

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

2435

5

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

2270

5

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

2270

7

B5

Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL

2175

8

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

2170

9

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

2165

9

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

2165

11

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

2095

12

21b

Chris Brown

Spring, TX

1870

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

Story: LOLMDS PR – Photo: Rick Schwallie

Bloomquist & Davenport Duel in Tazewell on the Lucas Oil LM Dirt Tour