Davenport Does It Again at East Bay
TAMPA, FLA (February 9, 2019) – Jonathan Davenport withstood an incredible ten-lap battle to win the Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil finale on Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park.
Davenport took the lead for good from Tanner English on lap 45 and scored his third win of the week at “The Clay by the Bay.” Davenport came alive in the final 15 laps of the 50-lap main event as he powered his car around the top side of the track. English led the majority of the race, and then battled Davenport in heavy lapped traffic lap after lap. The caution flag waved on lap 47 for Earl Pearson Jr., who was forced to pit for a flat tire.
Davenport then dashed to the finish line for his 39th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. Tyler Erb slipped by English with two laps to go to finish in second. Devin Moran barely edged out English at the finish line to take third. English led 40 of the 50 laps before coming home in fourth, with Justin Williams scoring the best Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series finish of his career rounding out the top five.
“I knew we had a really good car, it was a little bumpier out there tonight. I was just trying not to buzz my tires. I just wanted to save my tires until the last ten laps. We went with a little different set-up tonight,” said Davenport, the 35-year-old, two-time National Champion.
“The car hasn’t felt good the last two nights even though we won,” Davenport added. “Tanner did a great job tonight. I have driven that car for Randy [Weaver] and Chip [Stone] so I knew they were going to be tough to outrun. This was a heck of a race track tonight. I really didn’t know where to go at the end. I knew Tanner was better on the bottom than I was. I saw there was a little bit of brown in the middle, and the top was getting so dirty. I don’t know if there were other guys running up there or not.”
Erb continued his early season success finishing in the runner-up spot. “I stayed on the bottom for a while, then I moved to the top. The track has been different every night this week. About one out of every five laps I might make up some time. That last caution helped us get by Tanner on the restart. It was another good run we can’t be unhappy with second. It’s been a really good week, I hate to leave this place.”
Moran moved his Big River Steel, Dunn Benson Ford, Rocket into fifth place in the championship point standings with his third-place finish. “We just got around up there where nobody else was running. Our car still didn’t have the right balance we needed. We just kind of did what we had to do to get up there. We ended the week with three top-five finishes, so we made a lot of progress throughout the week. If we can just start up front, we should be in the contention for a win here soon.”
The winner’s Lance Landers Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: Nutrien Ag Solutions, ASC Warranty, Spartan Mowers, Penske Racing Shocks, Hoosier Tires, Valvoline, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, and Hawkeye Trucks.
Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, Shanon Buckingham, Billy Moyer Jr., and Kyle Bronson.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, Fla.
Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Tanner English / 14.728 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Earl Pearson Jr. / 14.689 seconds (overall)
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tanner English, Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, Jr., Josh Richards, Terry Casey, Devin Moran, Gregg Satterlee, Tim Dohm , Dan Stone, Colton Horner, Jonathan Rowan
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Scott Bloomquist, Jason Jameson, Justin Williams, Austin Rettig, Vic Hill, Devin Dixon, Devin Gilpin, Joel Callahan, Joey Moriarty
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Ryan King, Matt Cosner, Chad Stapleton, Shanon Buckingham, Colton Flinner, Allen Murray, Jeff Mathews, Hudson O'Neal, Rusty Schlenk
Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tyler Erb, Don O'Neal, Mike Benedum, Tim McCreadie, Austin Hubbard, Kyle Bronson, Johnny Pursley, Stormy Scott, Blair Nothdurft, Geoff Carey
Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Terry Casey, Devin Moran, Austin Rettig, Gregg Satterlee, Vic Hill, Tim Dohm , Devin Dixon, Jonathan Rowan, Colton Horner, Dan Stone, Joel Callahan, Devin Gilpin, Joey Moriarty-DNS
FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Austin Hubbard, Kyle Bronson, Johnny Pursley, Stormy Scott, Allen Murray, Rusty Schlenk, Jeff Mathews, Blair Nothdurft, Geoff Carey, Hudson O'Neal, Colton Flinner
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish: Vic Hill, Tim Dohm, Stormy Scott, Allen Murray, Dan Stone, Rusty Schlenk, Johnny Pursley
Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH / START / CAR # / DRIVER NAME / HOMETOWN / EARNINGS
1 3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $12,000
2 4 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $5,500
3 19 1M Devin Moran Dresden, OH $3,500
4 1 116 Tanner English Benton, KY $2,750
5 15 89 Justin Williams Concord, VA $2,250
6 5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,800
7 13 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,500
8 18 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,300
9 9 21 Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,200
10 22 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,100
11 7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $1,075
12 21 94 Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO $1,050
13 2 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,025
14 16 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,000
15 24 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,000
16 26 1V Vic Hill Mosheim, TN $1,000
17 8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,000
18 23 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,000
19 11 12J Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $1,000
20 14 32S Chad Stapleton Edinburgh, IN $1,000
21 6 1Gk Ryan King Seymour, TN $1,000
22 10 66c Matt Cosner Ridgeley, WV $1,000
23 20 11H Austin Hubbard Bridgeville, DE $1,000
24 17 942 Terry Casey New London, WI $1,000
25 12 25B Mike Benedum Salem, WV $1,000
26 25 48 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $1,000
Lap Leaders: Tanner English (Laps 1 – 33); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 34 – 35); Tanner English (Laps 36 – 39); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 40); Tanner English (Laps 41 – 44); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 45 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Margin of Victory: 1.426 seconds
Cautions: Colton Flinner (Lap 16); Mike Benedum (Lap 17); Jason Jameson, Tim McCreadie (Lap 19); Chad Stapleton (Lap 32); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 47)
Series Provisionals: Gregg Satterlee, Hudson O’Neal
Wrisco Industries Winternationals Provisional: Colton Flinner
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Provisional: Vic Hill
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Moran (Advanced 16 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Earl Pearson Jr.
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Devin Moran
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tyler Erb
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: *Rookie of the Race will begin after April 1st.*
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: Danny Myers (Devin Moran)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Tanner English (Lap #3 – 15.848 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr.
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Tanner English (40 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tanner English
Time of Race: 32 minutes 15 seconds www.lucasdirt.com