BRUNSWICK, GA – The reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Jonathan Davenport led all 30 laps to win the Edwin Coggins Memorial on Saturday afternoon at Golden Isles Speedway.

jriDavenport would get the jump on last night’s winner, Josh Richards to the lead at the outset of the feature. Brian Shirley would get by Richards on the opening lap and hold the position until the checkered flag, barely edging Richards at the finish line. Jared Landers and 11th starting Steve Francis rounded out the top five.

“The whole key to the race was the start. I knew I had to beat Josh off the start. We found a rubber streak there that helped us in lapped traffic, I was a little nervous trying to get by those guys. I finally decided to get to the outside and go by them because I knew the guys behind me were probably pretty close”

“We couldn’t do this without the help of a lot of people. Troy Baird of Baird Transport, Bryson Motorsports, Mac Trailers, and everybody else that supports us. We still have work to do. But it’s a big confidence boost for the team.”

Shirley, who started third dived below Richards on the start to grab the runner-up spot, a position he held for the remainder of the race, was pleased with his car. “It’s a good start to the year. A lot of guys back home have stepped up and supported us this year. I have to thank Bob Cullen, Arnie Ranta, Thomason Express and Cheap Cars for their assistance.”

“I could have pushed the issue in traffic but I didn’t want to tear up the car. I wanted to save it for the bigger money tonight. Josh almost got me there at the finish. I am glad we were able to hold him off,” said the driver of the Longhorn, Pro Powered Chevrolet 3S.

Richards, who was looking to start the weekend with back-to-back wins, came home third. “We have been testing for a while now on this car. We just let it sit today and didn’t make any changes for the day race. The lapped traffic got a little hairy out there. Once Davenport was clear of traffic it was over. It was a good finish there between Brian and me.”

Davenport takes the checkered flag on Saturday afternoon at Golden Isles. (Heath Lawson photo)

Davenport takes the checkered flag on Saturday afternoon at Golden Isles. (Heath Lawson photo)

Completing the top ten were Chris Madden, Eddie Carrier Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, and Earl Pearson, Jr.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 41 entrants, with a lap of 15.377 seconds. Josh Richards set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.675 seconds. Josh Richards, Brian Shirley, Jonathan Davenport and Brandon Sheppard won their respective heat races. Earl Pearson Jr. and Scott Bloomquist won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, February 6, 2016
MAKE-UP SHOW FOR THURSDAY
Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing
Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Josh Richards / 15.675 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport / 15.377 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Jared Landers, Donald McIntosh, Mike Marlar, Allen Murray, Josh Rice, Tyler Millwood, Gregg Satterlee, Kenny PettyJohn, Dustin Mitchell, Austin Theiss

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brian Shirley, Chris Madden, Steve Francis, Chase Junghans, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mark Whitener, Kyle Bronson, Dennis Franklin, Josh Langley, Steven Roberts

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Devin Moran, Ryan King, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Mason Zeigler, James Rice, Donald Bradsher, Austin Kirkpatrick

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb, Jr., Billy Moyer, Jr., Randy Weaver, Chad Hollenbeck, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Brian Ligon, Kelly Guy, Cecil Eunice

Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Mark Whitener, Allen Murray, Josh Rice, Kenny PettyJohn, Dennis Franklin, Gregg Satterlee, Austin Theiss, Josh Langley, Tyler Millwood, Steven Roberts, Kyle Bronson, Dustin Mitchell

Keyser MFG B-Main #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Randy Weaver, Mason Zeigler, Chad Hollenbeck, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Donald Bradsher, James Rice, Brian Ligon, Austin Kirkpatrick, Kelly Guy, Cecil Eunice-DNS

Feature Finish (30 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
1
2
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
2
3
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
3
1
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
4
5
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
5
11
15F
Steve Francis
Ashland, KY
6
7
44
Chris Madden
Gaffney, SC
7
6
28
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
8
4
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
9
8
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
10
17
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
11
15
18
Chase Junghans
Manhattan, KS
12
13
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
13
12
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
14
16
21jr
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
15
9
7
Donald McIntosh
Dawsonville, GA
16
10
99m
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
17
19
5W
Mark Whitener
Middleburg, FL
18
18
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
19
23
11
Josh Rice
Verona, KY
20
21
2M
Allen Murray
San Antonio, TX
21
24
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
22
14
1G
Ryan King
Seymour, TN
23
20
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
24
22
116
Randy Weaver
Crossville, TN

Race Statistics
Entrants: 41
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 30)
Cautions: none
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
Golden Isles Speedway Track Provisional: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Started: 17th; Finished: 10th; Advanced 7 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Power Move of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr.
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: n/a
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Rumley Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kevin Rumley (Jonathan Davenport)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap #3 – 15.976 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (30 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Randy Weaver
Time of Race: 10 minutes 39 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
POS
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
POINTS
1
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
250
2
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
230
2
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
230
4
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
220
5
44
Chris Madden
Gaffney, SC
205
6
28
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
200
7
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
195
8
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
190
9
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
185
10
15F
Steve Francis
Ashland, KY
180
11
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
175
12
99m
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
170
13
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
165
14
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
160
15
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
155
16
21L
Ivedent Lloyd, Jr.
Ocala, FL
150
17
38
Kenny PettyJohn
Millsboro, DE
145
18
21jr
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
140
19
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
135
20
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
130
21
116
Randy Weaver
Crossville, TN
125
21
7
Donald McIntosh
Dawsonville, GA
125
21
5W
Mark Whitener
Middleburg, FL
125
21
22
Gregg Satterlee
Rochester Mills, PA
125
25
18
Chase Junghans
Manhattan, KS
120
25
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
120

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

-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release.  Photo Credit: Heath Lawson

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