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Davenport Gets First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Year at East Bay


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Davenport Gets First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Year at East Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (February 9, 2024) - Jonathan Davenport became the seventh different winner in the first eleven Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events of 2024. The three-time series champion picked up his 74th career series win during the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas on Friday night at East Bay Raceway Park.

Hudson O’Neal, the defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion finished in second followed by Daulton Wilson, Garrett Alberson, and Ashton Winger completed the top five drivers.

Davenport jumped to the lead at the start of the 50-lap main event and led until he got too high in turn two, turning the lead over to Tyler Erb. Erb then led the next 16 circuits until Davenport was able to catch back up to Erb, retaking the lead for good on lap 28 despite being challenged by the ninth place starting O’Neal who briefly pulled even with Davenport at one point in the closing laps.

Davenport in Lucas Oil Victory for the first time this season led 34 of the 50 laps to claim the victory. “It’s a great car all my guys give me for sure. I thought I gave it away when I messed up in one and two. We made one little shock adjustment before the feature that made this thing a bear to handle. We know not to do that no more. I just kept trying to be patient when I lost the lead, I just tried to stay in his [Tyler Erb’s] tire tracks and just know that I was probably running a little wide on the throttle than he was just trying to save my tires. When I got back to him, I thought I had a good run and at the last second, I kind of slowed up. I don’t know if went over the cushion or not, because I figured he would go right back by me on the outside there. We rubbed a little bit.”

“This place is so tricky. The black is so black and then like there is a lot of grip in the brown and if you get too far in the brown like it’s slimy. I would get to high down there and wheel-spin too much. When I moved down to get more grip the car started to push.”

O’Neal, who was looking for his fourth series win of the young season came home in second. “I tried every inch of this racetrack trying to get by him [Davenport]. I thought it was a great race. We raced all over it. I started to keep pace a little bit there at the end and I thought I had some hope to run that bottom and just by the end of it we had a right rear tire so hot there from running around that top that it was hard to move around and get off the cushion. Man, what a race track East Bay gave us tonight and hopefully we can put on another great show tomorrow night for all the fans.”

Wilson rounded out the Big River Steel Podium for the third time this season. “We didn’t want to see a caution for sure. We needed ten more laps. We had a really good car tonight. We kind of went forward and then fell back. We put on a charge there towards the end. Once we got to move around the racetrack a little bit I had a really good car like I said.”

The winner’s Lance and Darla Landers-owned, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Nutrien Ag Systems, Dyno Gro Seed, Lucas Oil Products, Bilstein Shocks, ASC Warranty, Mark Martin Automotive, VP Fuels, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.

Completing the top ten were Ricky Thornton Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Clay Harris, Jimmy Owens, and Dennis Erb Jr.

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Race Summary
48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 5
Friday, February 9, 2024
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Blair Nothdurft | 14.167 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport | 14.170 seconds

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 5-Mark Whitener[2]; 2. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 3. 6-Clay Harris[3]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[8]; 6. 69-Brandon Thirlby[4]; 7. 97-Cody Overton[7]; 8. 6T-Tim Dohm[10]; 9. 51-Dean Carpenter[9]; 10. 48-Tim Lance[11]; 11. 187-David McCoy[6]; 12. 07-Brian Ledbetter[12]

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 1-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 4. 12-Ashton Winger[6]; 5. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 6. 33X-Brandon Overton[7]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans[5]; 8. 71R-Rod Conley[8]; 9. 81-Jason Riggs[9]; 10. 12R-Ryan Payne[10]; 11. 81F-Jadon Frame[11]; 12. 82B-Jason Milam[12]

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[4]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs[6]; 4. 15K-Jensen Ford[1]; 5. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 6. 75-Daniel Adam[3]; 7. 6JR-Parker Martin[9]; 8. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 9. 47W-Brandon Weigle[7]; 10. 4S-Danny Snyder[11]; 11. 93-Cory Lawler[10]; 12. (DNS) K&B-Kerry King

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson[2]; 3. 99-Devin Moran[5]; 4. 20B-Todd Brennan[8]; 5. 89-Mike Spatola[6]; 6. 71C-RJ Conley[4]; 7. 29-Larry Grube[3]; 8. 96V-Tanner English[10]; 9. 174-Ethan Dotson[7]; 10. 3-Brennon Willard[9]; 11. 11C-Trevor Collins[11]; 12. 214-Haiden Cowan[12]

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 7-Ross Robinson[1]; 2. 19M-Spencer Hughes[2]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 5. 14X-Wil Herrington[5]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin[6]; 8. 7T-Drake Troutman[10]; 9. 8-Dillon McCowan[9]; 10. 00-Carson Ferguson[7]; 11. 32-Jason Jack[11]; 12. 6B-Adam Boyd[12]

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Garrett Smith[1]; 2. 2*-Logan Hitt[5]; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews[2]; 4. 6H-Ross Bailes[7]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson[8]; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood[4]; 8. 9-Levi Yetter[10]; 9. 111-Max Blair[12]; 10. S21-Seth Daniels[11]; 11. 30-Ryan Gustin[6]; 12. 81J-Jack Riggs[3]

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 12-Ashton Winger[2]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 5. 6T-Tim Dohm[9]; 6. 71R-Rod Conley[10]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans[8]; 8. 81-Jason Riggs[12]; 9. 81F-Jadon Frame[16]; 10. 51-Dean Carpenter[11]; 11. 187-David McCoy[15]; 12. 12R-Ryan Payne[14]; 13. 82B-Jason Milam[18]; 14. 33X-Brandon Overton[6]; 15. 48-Tim Lance[13]; 16. (DNS) 69-Brandon Thirlby; 17. (DNS) 97-Cody Overton; 18. (DNS) 07-Brian Ledbetter

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 15K-Jensen Ford[1]; 2. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[3]; 3. 20B-Todd Brennan[2]; 4. 174-Ethan Dotson[12]; 5. 96V-Tanner English[10]; 6. 75-Daniel Adam[5]; 7. 6JR-Parker Martin[7]; 8. 3-Brennon Willard[14]; 9. 4S-Danny Snyder[13]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[15]; 11. 89-Mike Spatola[4]; 12. 71C-RJ Conley[6]; 13. 17SS-Brenden Smith[9]; 14. 29-Larry Grube[8]; 15. 47W-Brandon Weigle[11]; 16. 11C-Trevor Collins[16]; 17. (DNS) K&B-Kerry King; 18. (DNS) 214-Haiden Cowan

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 14X-Wil Herrington[3]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 5. 6H-Ross Bailes[2]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[5]; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin[7]; 8. 9-Levi Yetter[10]; 9. 31-Tyler Millwood[8]; 10. 7T-Drake Troutman[9]; 11. S21-Seth Daniels[14]; 12. 32-Jason Jack[15]; 13. 6B-Adam Boyd[17]; 14. 111-Max Blair[12]; 15. 00-Carson Ferguson[13]; 16. (DNS) 8-Dillon McCowan; 17. (DNS) 30-Ryan Gustin; 18. (DNS) 81J-Jack Riggs

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 5 Feature Finish (50 Laps):
Feature Finish

Race Statistics
Entrants: 72
Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Mark Whitener
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1-12); Tyler Erb (Laps 13-28); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 29-50)
Wieland Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a
Margin of Victory: 1.000 seconds
Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Garrett Smith (Lap 7); Wil Herrington (Lap 15); Ross Robinson (Lap 16)
Series Provisionals: Ricky Thornton, Jr.; Tim McCreadie
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: Max Blair; Brandon Sheppard; Drake Troutman; Bob Gardneer
Track Provisional: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson
Penske Shocks Top 5: Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson, Garrett Alberson, Ashton Winger
Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Advanced 21 Positions)
Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Brandon Sheppard
Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Drake Troutman
MD3 Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (34 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a
Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 1 – 14.810 seconds)
Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Tyler Erb
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Cory Fostvedt (Jonathan Davenport)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: LonghornChassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Garrett Smith (14.3467 seconds)
Time of Race: 25 minutes 52 seconds

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

Submitted By: Jeremy Shields

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