Attica, OH - Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion Jonathan Davenport returned to his winning form by taking the feature event on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Davenport took the lead on lap 14 from Doug Drown, who had led the first 13 circuits.

 

Jonathan Davenport battles with Darrell Lanigan. (Heath Lawson photo)

Jonathan Davenport battles with Darrell Lanigan. (Heath Lawson photo)

Dennis Erb Jr. charged from his 12th starting spot to finish second. Doug Drown, the defending track champion at Attica, had the home track fans on their feet for the first part of the race. He eventually came home in third. New track record holder Darrell Lanigan was fourth, and Jimmy Owens; who won the first time the series raced at Attica finished fifth.

 

On his way to victory, Davenport avoided a wild flip when Timothy Culp went for a crazy ride in his No. 8 ride.

Davenport, who is currently second in the series points standings, had not finished the last three LOLMDS events, and was relieved to be back in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "It feels good to be here again! I have to thank Kevin [Rumley] and my guys. They have worked their tails off the last two weeks. Everybody knows we haven't been running well lately. We aren't dead, and we are not done yet! We are just going to keep on working to find an edge," said the 32-year-old racer.

 

"Man what a race track this is! I just want to thank Troy Baird of Baird Transport, Elite Concrete, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, the Labontes back home at the shop and I also want to say we miss Lee Roy Rumley. He is not here tonight; he is back home building us a new motor."

 

Drown bolted from his fourth starting spot to take the lead on the very first lap and held the top spot through the first 13 laps that was peppered with two cautions and a red flag during the first three circuits.

 

Davenport took advantage of lap-traffic to close the gap on Drown, making the pass for the lead on lap 14. Drown stayed close for a while, but eventually Davenport pulled away. Erb then charged from the outside of the sixth row, challenging Drown for second. The two went side-by-side for several laps as Erb was finally able to forge ahead of Drown on lap 41.

 

Erb; in his Vomac Truck Sales/J.R. McBride Leasing/Black Diamond Chassis; was happy with his performance. "It was a good run. To start where we did, the cautions helped us a lot tonight. The car was working very well on the bottom. To come up through there like we did was good for us, no doubt. The track was really racy and there were two grooves."

 

Drown had the car that nearly pulled off the upset. "There was moisture coming up on the track. I thought I had picked the right tire early on. I was looking like a genius for the first part of the race, and then it went away a little bit. Once JD [Davenport] got out in front, it was hard to stay with him. He stayed up top and my car just couldn't stick there. Dennis [Erb] came along and we had a good race as well. To run third with these guys makes us extremely happy," said the driver of the Leroy Hall/Hall's Auto Sales/Swartz.

 

Completing the top ten were Don O'Neal, Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson Jr., Matt Irey, and Devin Moran.

 

In preliminary action, Darrell Lanigan set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 28 entrants, with a lap of 14.187 seconds. Jonathan Davenport set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.209 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Darrell Lanigan, and Doug Drown won their respective heat races. Craig Vosbergen won the B-Main.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Attica Raceway Park - Attica, OH

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 14.209 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Darrell Lanigan / 14.187 seconds ***NEW TRACK RECORD***

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis, Dave Hornikel, Craig Vosbergen, Mike Bores, Paul Stubber

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran, Jon Henry, Kyle Hardy, Casey Noonan, Scott Smith, Mathew Chapman, Matt Irey

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Ryan Markham, Timothy Culp, Cody Scott, Devin Shiels-DNS

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Doug Drown, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Brad Malcuit, Colton Flinner, Brandon Sheppard

Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Craig Vosbergen, Mike Bores, Matt Irey, Timothy Culp, Brad Malcuit, Mathew Chapman, Scott Smith, Colton Flinner, Paul Stubber-DNS, Cody Scott-DNS, Devin Shiels-DNS, Brandon Sheppard-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
1
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
$11,000
2
12
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$6,200
3
4
240
Doug Drown
Wooster, OH
$3,500
4
2
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$3,550
5
6
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$3,050
6
5
5
Don O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
$2,600
7
23
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$2,200
8
8
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$2,100
9
19
36
Matt Irey
Mansfield, OH
$1,200
10
3
99m
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$1,100
11
18
15b
Mike Bores
Bellevue, OH
$1,075
12
14
5m
Ryan Markham
Ashland, OH
$1,050
13
9
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
$1,725
14
15
1N
Casey Noonan
Sylvania, OH
$1,000
15
17
8
Craig Vosbergen
Perth, W. Australia
$950
16
24
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
$1,025
17
16
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$1,800
18
11
21*
Kyle Hardy
Stephens City, VA
$875
19
10
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$1,550
20
21
79
Brad Malcuit
Strasburg, OH
$825
21
22
00
Mathew Chapman
Tecumseh, MI
$800
22
13
71
Dave Hornikel
Mansfield, OH
$800
23
20
C8
Timothy Culp
Prattsville, AR
$800
24
7
15H
Jon Henry
Ada, OH
$800
  
Race Statistics
Entrants: 28
Lap Leaders: Doug Drown (Laps 1 - 13); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 14 - 50)
Cautions: Jon Henry (Lap 1); Scott Bloomquist and Kyle Hardy (Lap 2); Timothy Culp (Lap 3); Tim McCreadie (Lap 20); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 41)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Brandon Sheppard, Colton Flinner
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Started: 23rd; Finished: 7th; Advanced 16 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Matt Irey
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Colton Flinner
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens 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: Doug Drown (Lap #3 - 14.6425 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (37 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Brake Award: Timothy Culp
Time of Race: 31 minutes 50 secondsLucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
POS
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
POINTS
EARNINGS
1
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
6480
$296,575
2
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
6075
$219,350
3
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
5890
$110,750
4
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
5725
$94,775
5
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
5720
$90,000
6
5
Don O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
5635
$96,800
7
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
5595
$114,275
8
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
5445
$87,675
9
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
5345
$90,175
10
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
5295
$119,525
11
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
4875
$55,950
12
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
3955
$26,725

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

Story By: LOLMDS PR

Photo Credit: Heath Lawson photos

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