Fayettville, NC – Jonathan Davenport took the lead on lap 27, then sprinted away from the field to win the Dunn-Benson Ford Wayne Gray Memorial at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. The win makes his fourth consecutive in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition.

Davenport helmed his K&L Rumley Enterprises, TS Crane Service, Sundance Services, and Sundance Flowback Well Testing, Longhorn Chassis #6 to his sixth win this season with the LOLMDS and his eighth-straight overall victory. Earl Pearson Jr. led 22 laps of the 50 lap feature event and finished second. Steve Francis charged from ninth to place third. He was followed by Steve Casebolt and Ross Bailes at the line.

“Everybody started getting on the bottom, and it started to turn black. I came here last year, and I knew it was going to be close on tire wear. Tonight, we almost had a flat. At the end, I rode around just trying to conserve them. I can’t thank Kevin and Leroy Rumley and everybody back at the shop. All of my crew and sponsors, a big thanks to all of them as well! This is just awesome!”

Justin Labonte; son of NASCAR driver, Terry Labonte; grabbed the lead at the start of the feature and held the point for the first five laps of the race.

Pearson started alongside Labonte and then forged ahead on lap six in the Carlton and Kemp Lamm-owned, Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Products, Black Diamond entry.

Pearson was able to hold off Davenport until a few laps after a mid-race caution for Scott Autry. Davenport used the outside line to take the lead on lap 27 and never looked back.

Pearson was satisfied with his second place finish. “We had a good car tonight. On that last restart, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to hold off Jonathan. He is on a roll, no doubt! We have to feel good about this performance tonight in front of my car owners, sponsors, and friends.”

Francis was pleased with his solid third place finish. “The whole team has worked hard trying to turn our year around, and we have been making progress! If we keep running like this, we might be able to beat Davenport! I would really like to thank Clint Bowyer, Georgia Boot, Peak, Clements Racing Engines, and Barry Wright Race Cars.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Justin Labonte, Jimmy Owens, Johnny Pursley, and Eddie Carrier Jr.

The entire staff at Fayetteville Motor Speedway worked diligently to prepare the race track, however the track surface got away from them tonight. Before the feature, it was decided to award 100 show-up points to the entire field.

In preliminary action, Justin Labonte set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 24 entrants, with a lap of 16.915 seconds.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary
Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Dunn-Benson Ford – Wayne Gray Memorial
Fayetteville Motor Speedway – Fayetteville, NC


Miller Welders Time Trials Results:

POS

CAR#

DRIVER

Fastest Lap

1

44

Justin Labonte

16.915

2

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

17.053

3

0

Scott Bloomquist

17.087

4

6

Jonathan Davenport

17.138

5

777

Jared Landers

17.398

6

c9

Steve Casebolt

17.464

7

A1

Scott Autry

17.686

8

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

17.705

9

15

Steve Francis

17.945

10

20

Jimmy Owens

17.958

11

5e

Ross Bailes

17.980

12

D8

Dustin Mitchell

18.033

13

09

Johnny Pursley

18.055

14

99m

Devin Moran

18.103

15

5

Don O’Neal

18.117

16

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

18.217

17

B5

Brandon Sheppard

18.321

18

21b

Chris Brown

18.556

19

08

Michael Marlowe

18.726

20

60

Jim Manka

19.002

21

618

Kevin Wilson

19.077

22

111

Steven Roberts

19.396

23

22F

Chris Ferguson

No Time

24

27

Lauren Longbrake

Did Not Time


Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

4

6

Jonathan Davenport

Mount Airy, NC

2

2

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

3

9

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

4

6

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

5

11

5e

Ross Bailes

Clover, SC

6

17

B5

Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL

7

1

44

Justin Labonte

Trinity, NC

8

10

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

9

13

09

Johnny Pursley

Clover, SC

10

8

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

11

21

618

Kevin Wilson

Stoneville, NC

12

14

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

13

7

A1

Scott Autry

Autryville, NC

14

12

D8

Dustin Mitchell

Princeton, NC

15

22

111

Steven Roberts

Jesup, GA

16

20

60

Jim Manka

Rincon, GA

17

15

5

Don O’Neal

Martinsville, IN

18

18

21b

Chris Brown

Spring, TX

19

16

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

20

5

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

21

19

08

Michael Marlowe

Nichols, SC

22

23

22F

Chris Ferguson

Mount Holly, NC

23

3

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

24

24

27

Lauren Longbrake

Columbus, OH

     

Race Statistics

Entrants: 24

Lap Leaders: Justin Labonte (Laps 1 – 5); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 6 – 26); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 27 – 50)

Cautions: Lauren Longbrake (Lap 1); Dustin Mitchell (Lap 5); Scott Autry (Lap 26)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: none
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Started: 17th; Finished: 6th; Advanced 11 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport

Rookie of the Race: Brandon Sheppard
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing 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: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 29 – 17.703 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (24 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Lauren Longbrake

Time of Race: 28 minutes 02 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

6

Jonathan Davenport

Mount Airy, NC

3075

2

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2980

3

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

2960

4

5

Don O’Neal

Martinsville, IN

2940

5

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

2785

6

B5

Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL

2680

6

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

2680

8

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

2650

9

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

2645

10

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

2635

10

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

2635

12

21b

Chris Brown

Spring, TX

2250

 

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