Tampa, FL — Jonathan Davenport fought off a furious late-race challenge from Brandon Overton to win night two of the Wrisco Industries 42nd Annual Winternationals – presented by E3 Spark Plugs at East Bay Raceway Park.
A caution with 22 laps complete set up and eight-lap shootout between Davenport and the tenth-place starting Overton. The two raced the outside line around the 1/3-mile oval using every inch of the cushion that remained. Davenport went to the outside of a lapped car as Overton went low, heading into turn one on the final lap. Overton slid almost all the way up the track, but left Davenport room as he went on to take his third career win in the Winternationals.
Tonight, marked the first win of the newly formed team for car owner Lance Landers and his driver Davenport, who recorded his 28th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Overton finished second in the Chip Stone, Randy Weaver-owned entry, followed by opening night winner Brandon Sheppard grabbing third in the Mark Richards Racing, Rocket. Josh Richards and Tyler Erb completed the top five drivers.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane Davenport recalled thinking he was going to lose the race during the waning laps. “I thought I had run over something during those last few laps. The car wasn’t the same, but it’s great to get that first win for Lance Landers. Thanks to my crew, Jason Durham, Kevin Rumley, and everyone that helps. They have worked their tails off, we have a few more days to go. Jason and Kevin put their heads together after last night and we were spot on today. They always say the first one is the hardest to get. I just hope my crew is as proud of me as I am of them. I just want say hello to everyone watching back home. My son Blaine and wife Rachel I know are tuned in to watching it online.”
Overton was pleased with his performance after a tough start to his Speedweeks at Golden Isles. “It hadn’t been nearly as good of a start to speedweeks so far, as it was last year that’s for sure. We just need to race a little bit more. As I said, we have had a terrible start to the year. Hopefully with this run, we can get rolling. The slide job on the last lap got off to a good start, but at the end I was thinking I need to get out of it or I could wreck both cars.”
Sheppard was looking for his second win in a row but finished third. “On that final restart, I chose the bottom. I thought I could get enough grip off the corner and then shoot across to get to the top of the track. They [Davenport and Overton] had a way better restart than I did. I went out on a limb and chose the bottom. A first and a third to start the week is great. I need to get qualifying better. I haven’t qualified very well since we have been down here. I think if we do that better, then we will start up front in these races.”
The winner’s Lance Landers Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Crop Production Services, Spartan Mowers, Valvoline, ASC Warranty, Penske Racing Shocks, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.
Completing the top ten were Bobby Pierce, who started 24th, Kyle Bronson, Devin Moran, Earl Pearson Jr., and Timothy Culp.
-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release
-Photo credit: Heath Lawson
Feature Finish (30 Laps):
FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS 1 2 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $5,100 2 10 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $3,000 3 9 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $2,000 4 17 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,500 5 8 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $1,000 6 24 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $800 7 4 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $750 8 19 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $700 9 18 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $650 10 3 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR $600 11 13 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $550 12 5 11 Austin Hubbard Bridgeville, DE $500 13 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $500 14 26 18J Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $500 15 23 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $500 16 12 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $500 17 21 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $500 18 20 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $500 19 16 22* Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $500 20 7 69* Carder Miller Salem, VA $500 21 22 14m Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX $500 22 1 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $500 23 14 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $500 24 25 12J Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $500 25 15 00 Jesse Stovall Billings, MO $500 26 11 6T Tim Dohm Cross Lanes, WV $500