Jonathan Davenport passed Jimmy Owens as the duo headed to the white flag and then went on to score the opening night win of the 12th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals - Presented by Casey's General Store at Knoxville Raceway.
Davenport led the first 19 laps of the race until Owens passed him for the top spot on lap 20. Davenport regained the lead on lap 24. Owens finished second to Davenport followed by Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., and Chris Brown.
"Lapped traffic is so tough here sometimes," said Davenport, who recorded his 20th overall feature win of the season. I can't thank Lee Roy Rumley enough for this strong engine. On this big of a track, we need all the horsepower we can get. The track was super-fast tonight. We could run anywhere on it."
Last year Davenport won on one of the preliminary night events at Knoxville. This year he comes in as a heavy favorite to win the finale this Saturday Night. "We don't look at it that way as being a favorite. We just come here to do our jobs, and for most of the year it has been a successful approach. It feels good to win here, but this is just the first night, and everybody else is stepping up their game."
"I want to thank TS Crane Service, Longhorn Chassis, Sundance Services, Sundance Flowback Well Testing, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, JRi Shocks, and Bryson Motorsports for all of their support this year. It's been in incredible year so far!"
Owens in the Bryan Rowland, Widow Wax, and Club 29-Ford was pleased with his runner-up position. "Did you see that I passed him [Davenport]? Not a lot of people have been able to pass him this year. We had a really good hot-rod tonight. The crew keeps working really hard. I thought maybe tonight we were going to be able to break through, but it's a good start to the weekend."
O'Neal is a former Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals winner and came home in third after starting seventh. "It's a much better start to the weekend than last year. I want to thank everybody at Clint Bowyer Racing, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Lance and Barry Wright, and a special mention to my crew chief Jeremy Justice, who is back home recovering from injuries that happened just a few weeks ago."
Completing the top were Dennis Erb Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Chad Simpson, Chris Simpson, and Jared Landers.In preliminary action, Jared Landers set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 63 entrants, with a lap of 17.280 seconds. Jason Papich set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 17.414 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Joel Callahan, Dennis Erb Jr., Jimmy Owens, Chris Brown, and Josh Richards won their respective heat races. Denny Eckrich won the D-Main. Mike Marlar won the C-Main, and Darrell Lanigan won the B-Main.

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Race Summary
Thursday, September 24, 2015
12th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals
Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Jason Papich / 17.414 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jared Landers / 17.280 secondsEibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson Jr., Ricky Weiss, Don O'Neal, AJ Diemel, Mason Zeigler, Chris Spieker, Jason Papich, Brian Harris, Jay Johnson, Jim Shereck, Paul Glendenning

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Joel Callahan, Rich Bell, Kent Robinson, Darrell Lanigan, Shannon Babb, Eddie Carrier Jr., Donny Schatz, Ryan Gustin, Rob Moss, Jason Utter, Denny Eckrich
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Moyer, Frank Heckenast Jr., Wendell Wallace, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Mars, Mitch McGrath, Skip Frey, Mike Marlar, Brian Shirley
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Morgan Bagley, Chris Simpson, Ray Guss, Jr., Jared Landers, Jason Rauen, Mike Fryer, Austin Theiss, Ray Sveeggen, Dale McDowell, Tyler BrueningEibach Springs Heat Race #5 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Chris Brown, Chad Simpson, Steve Francis, Tim Lance, Jason Feger, Matt Westfall, Sonny Findling, Tim McCreadie, Kerry King, Sr., Chase Junghans

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #6 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Justin Kay, Spencer Diercks, Dave Eckrich, RC Whitwell, Charlie McKenna, Greg Cox
Fast Shafts D-Main Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to C-Main): Denny Eckrich, Dale McDowell, Chase Junghans, Jim Shereck, Jason Utter, Paul Glendenning, Greg Cox, Brian Shirley, Tyler Bruening
Keyser MFG C-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to B-Main): Mike Marlar, Jason Papich, Dave Eckrich, Donny Schatz, Ryan Gustin, Mitch McGrath, Brian Harris, Rob Moss, Denny Eckrich, Dale McDowell, Jay Johnson, Chase Junghans, Mike Fryer, Charlie McKenna, Jim Shereck, Skip Frey, Kerry King, Sr., Ray Sveeggen, RC Whitwell, Tim McCreadie-DNS, Austin Theiss-DNS, Sonny Findling-DNSFast Shafts B-Main Finish (15 Laps, Top 6 Transfer to Feature): Darrell Lanigan, Shannon Babb, Jared Landers, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Mars, Brandon Sheppard, Mason Zeigler, Matt Westfall, Ray Guss, Jr., Jason Feger, AJ Diemel, Wendell Wallace, Chris Spieker, Jason Papich, Donny Schatz, Tim Lance, Dave Eckrich, Spencer Diercks, Jason Rauen, Justin Kay, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Mike Marlar

Feature Finish (25 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
1
2
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
2
6
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
3
7
5
Don O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
4
5
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
5
4
21BX
Chris Brown
Spring, TX
6
9
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
7
22
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
8
8
25
Chad Simpson
Mt. Vernon, IA
9
10
32
Chris Simpson
Oxford, IA
10
21
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
11
3
7R
Kent Robinson
Bloomington, IN
12
20
18b
Shannon Babb
Mowequa, IL
13
14
15
Steve Francis
Ashland, KY
14
11
99JR
Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Frankfort, IL
15
12
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
16
19
29
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
17
17
21
Billy Moyer
Batesville, AR
18
24
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
19
18
14m
Morgan Bagley
Tyler, TX
20
15
21B
Rich Bell
Sheffield, IL
21
13
40
Joel Callahan
Dubuque, iA
22
16
21jr
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
23
1
7w
Ricky Weiss
Headingley, MB
24
23
28m
Jimmy Mars
Menomonie, WI
Race Statistics
Entrants: 63
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 - 19); Jimmy Owens (Laps 20 - 23); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 24 - 25)
Cautions: Jimmy Mars (Lap 6)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: 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: Scott Bloomquist (Started: 22nd; Finished: 7th; Advanced 15 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performer of the Race: Jimmy Owens
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport
Rookie of the Race: Chris Brown
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Aaron Faugust (Brandon Sheppard)
CV Products Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap #2 - 19.455 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (21 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Jimmy Mars
Time of Race: 18 minutes 36 seconds
LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL KNOXVILLE NATIONALS NIGHT 1 POINTS BREAKDOWN:
Overall Pos
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
Night #1 POINTS
1
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
492
2
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
487
3
5
Don O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
484
4
21BX
Chris Brown
Spring, TX
484
5
25
Chad Simpson
Mt. Vernon, IA
481
6
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
476
7
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
472
8
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
470
9
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
462
10
32
Chris Simpson
Oxford, IA
460
11
29
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
459
12
18b
Shannon Babb
Mowequa, IL
458
13
7R
Kent Robinson
Bloomington, IN
454
14
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
444
15
15
Steve Francis
Ashland, KY
438
16
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
435
17
99JR
Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Frankfort, IL
434
18
7w
Ricky Weiss
Headingley, MB
429
19
28m
Jimmy Mars
Menomonie, WI
429
20
40
Joel Callahan
Dubuque, iA
422
21
21
Billy Moyer
Batesville, AR
419
22
14m
Morgan Bagley
Tyler, TX
419
23
21jr
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
418
24
21B
Rich Bell
Sheffield, IL
415
25
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
414
26
54W
Matt Westfall
Pleasant Hill, OH
407
27
91p
Jason Papich
Nipomo, CA
406
28
58
Ray Guss, Jr.
Milan, IL
401
29
25F
Jason Feger
Bloomington, IL
394
30
98
Jason Rauen
Farley, IA
387
31
58D
AJ Diemel
Elk Mound, WI
385
32
15K
Justin Kay
Wheatland, IA
384
33
28
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
381
34
6m
Wendell Wallace
Batesville, AR
379
35
15D
Donny Schatz
Fargo, ND
378
36
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
368
37
48
Tim Lance
Brimfield, IL
367
38
56
Chris Spieker
Massena, IA
363
39
58E
Dave Eckrich
Oxford, IA
360
40
29d
Spencer Diercks
Davenport, IA
355
41
74m
Mitch McGrath
Waukesha, WI
350
42
6w
RC Whitwell
Tucson, AZ
339
43
1m
Rob Moss
Iowa City, IA
330
44
21H
Brian Harris
Davenport, IA
325
45
19R
Ryan Gustin
Marshalltown, IA
321
46
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
321
47
17m
Dale McDowell
Chickamauga, GA
319
48
17s
Jim Shereck
St. Charles, MO
315
49
18
Chase Junghans
Manhattan, KS
313
50
54
Mike Fryer
Freeport, IL
310
51
50
Denny Eckrich
Tiffin, IA
298
52
22M
Charlie McKenna
Clear Lake, IA
298
53
93
Jay Johnson
W. Burlington, IA
296
54
0KB
Kerry King, Sr.
Delmar, DE
294
55
3x
Skip Frey
Swisher, IA
291
56
7D
Austin Theiss
285
57
8
Sonny Findling
Kirksville, MO
284
58
R21
Ray Sveeggen
Beresford, SD
282
59
16
Tyler Bruening
Decorah, IA
276
60
33g
Paul Glendenning
Mount Ayr, IA
256
61
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
255
62
31U
Jason Utter
Columbus Junction, IA
253
63
62
Greg Cox
Kellogg, IA
253

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