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February 10
East Bay Raceway Park,
Gibsonton, FL
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Wrisco Industries Winternationals) - $12,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac (last updated February 11, 2:59 pm)
Bronson edges J.D. for emotional East Bay win
Wrisco Industries Winternationals
  1. Kyle Bronson
  2. Jonathan Davenport
  3. Brandon Overton
  4. Josh Richards
  5. Earl Pearson Jr.
  6. Scott Bloomquist
  7. Devin Moran
  8. Brandon Sheppard
  9. Darrell Lanigan
  10. Gregg Satterlee
  11. Joey Moriarty
  12. Ryan King
  13. Hudson O'Neal
  14. Boom Briggs
  15. Jimmy Owens
  16. Dennis Erb Jr.
  17. Mike Maresca
  18. Bobby Pierce
  19. Billy Moyer Jr.
  20. Mike Benedum
  21. Tyler Erb
  22. Morgan Bagley
  23. Don O'Neal
  24. Tim McCreadie
  25. Dustin Mitchell
  26. Jason Jameson
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Kyle Bronson holds his son in victory lane.
What won the race: Finally finding feature success on the week's biggest stage, Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., grabbed the lead from Brandon Overton on lap 54 and held off a last-lap challenge from Jonathan Davenport to win Saturday's 60-lap Wrisco Winternationals finale at East Bay Raceway Park. Davenport's bid fell 0.130 of a second short as Bronson collected $12,000 for his first-ever Lucas Oil Series triumph.
On the move: Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., advanced from the 14th starting spot to finish third.
Winner's sponsors: Bronson’s Longhorn by Weaver Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Brandon Collision, All Florida Real Estate Group and Brandon Ford.
Points chase: After East Bay Saturday: 1. Josh Richards (960); 2. Jonathan Davenport (910); 3. Kyle Bronson (800); 3. Brandon Sheppard (800); 5. Earl Pearson Jr. (755); 6. Jimmy Owens (720); 7. Brandon Overton (695); 8. Gregg Satterlee (690); 9. Darrell Lanigan (670); 9. Dennis Erb Jr. (670); 11. Tim McCreadie (665); 12. Hudson O’Neal (655); 13. Bobby Pierce (650); 14. Boom Briggs (630); 15. Tyler Erb (625).
Car count: 52
Fast qualifier: Billy Moyer Jr.
Time: 14.361 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Dash winner: Mike Benedum
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Scott Bloomquist
Consolation race winners: Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens
Provisional starters: Tim McCreadie, Boom Briggs, Bobby Pierce
Next series race: February 11, Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Kevin Kovac
DirtonDirt.com senior writer

GIBSONTON, Fla. (Feb. 10) — Finally finding feature success on the week’s biggest stage, Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., grabbed the lead from Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., on lap 54 and held off a final-circuit challenge from Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., to capture Saturday’s 60-lap Wrisco Winternationals finale at East Bay Raceway Park.

Davenport’s last-ditch bid fell a mere 0.130 of a second short at the finish line as Bronson collected $12,000 for his first-ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph in front of a roaring home track crowd. It was by far the most significant victory of his young career — in fact, his only previous Super Late Model triumph came in a 2014 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series event at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. — and undoubtedly the most emotional.

“I live about 10 minutes from here,” said Bronson, who has won numerous Crate Late Model and open-wheel modified features at East Bay. “I won the Outlaw race over at Volusia a few years ago, but it wasn’t the same. To win this race in front of all my hometown fans here, there ain’t nothing no better.

“Man, this is amazing,” he added. “When I crossed the checkered flag and won and seen all them fans up there cheering and stuff … there ain’t nothing like it. I mean, this is where I grew up as a kid racing street stock cars, so it’s just amazing we were able to get a win like this here.”

A 27-year-old Lucas Oil Series Rookie of the Year candidate, Bronson spent the week excelling in qualifying and heat races but was unable to transfer that early speed into A-main success with his Longhorn by Weaver car fielded by his uncle Wayne Hammond. He flipped the script in the finale, advancing from the 10th starting spot to grab second on lap 47 and then surge into the lead with a charge to the inside of Overton exiting turn two on lap 54.

“Our car was really, really good all week long, but in the feature races everything that could happen, happened,” said Bronson, who won four heat races during the week but had a best feature finish of seventh before the finale. “Stuff didn’t go our way, but we was really, really good tonight and I’m just glad we were finally able to capitalize on it.”

Bronson was the last of six different leaders in the unpredictable race, following Davenport (1-3), Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark. (4-10), Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. (11-26), Josh Richards of Shinnson, W.Va. (27-41) and Overton (42-53).

Davenport, 34, settled for second in Lance Landers’s Longhorn machine after falling as far as the back end of the top 10 during the race. He surged to second moments after Bronson passed Overton for the lead and chased the Floridian the remainder of the distance, ultimately losing to Bronson by less than half a car length.

The 26-year-old Overton, who this season counts Bronson as essentially a de facto teammate with his Dream Racing team’s manager, Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., working closely with Bronson, finished third after starting 14th. Richards placed fourth after leading the middle stages of the race and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., rallied from a lap-35 pit stop for a tire change to finish fifth.

Bloomquist finished sixth after losing multiple positions on lap 44 when he tangled with Richards on the backstretch as they battled for second place. Moyer, meanwhile, saw his race take a turn for the worse on lap 34 when he clipped the inside berm and spun in turn two and he ultimately finished 19th after pitting twice and getting swept up in a final tangle on lap 57.

Bronson made his move during the race’s second half, going for a quiet ninth on lap 30 to fifth just 10 circuits later. When he managed to avoid the Richards-Bloomquist scramble on lap 44 to reach second, it was clear he just might be able to pull off a monumental victory.

“About halfway through that race, when Brandon (Overton) kind of showed me how to enter high and turn across that middle, that’s when I really got going there and I felt like we had a shot,” Bronson said. “Me and Brandon were back there like 10th or whatever at one time, and we just kept rolling through there and both of us come up (into contention).”

Bronson erased Overton’s full straightaway edge before a caution flag flew on lap 53 for a tangle between turns three and four involving Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., and Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind. The restart proved to be decisive for Bronson, who immediately overtook Overton for the lead off turn two.

“Brandon, I felt like I had a little bit more traction,” Bronson said. “We’re pretty much the same setup, maybe just a little different, but for some reason my car just had a little bit more traction off the corner than his. I got a good restart, he slid up and I was able to turn underneath him, and I felt like that was the race. It was already starting to rubber (in one lane) there, so if I just didn’t get out of the rubber it was gonna be tough to be beat.”

But two more caution flags — on lap 55 when Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, spun in turn two and lap 57 for a turn-four tangle with Moyer, Hudson O’Neal and Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. — kept the pressure on Bronson.

“I was begging for a caution about halfway through the race and couldn’t never hardly get nothing,” Bronson commented. “Then it seemed like as soon as we got the lead there were like 20 of them. I was like, ‘Come on, man, what the heck?’ But that’s the way it goes.”

On the final restart, Bronson knew he had Davenport, already a two-time Winternationals winner, hot on his heels. There was no room for a mistake and Bronson didn’t make any to stave off Davenport’s furious attempt for a second straight victory.

“I figured if he could, he was gonna try to slide me,” Bronson said. “But Davenport, he’s such a hard racer, and he’s a clean racer, so he wasn’t gonna do nothing to hurt me or take us out. He races hard and I race hard, and he’s gonna race me clean. I knew he wasn’t gonna do nothing dirty there to win the race. I just really appreciate him racing me hard and clean.”

Davenport felt that the race-ending three-lap sprint just wasn’t enough time for him to complete a dramatic pass for the win.

“I’ve raced in the rubber quite a bit so I knew what I needed to do, but I didn’t need that last caution,” Davenport said. “I didn’t want to take off right away and get in a little bit of grit getting into one, so I let him go a little bit to try and see where he was going, where he would slip, and then I just kept inching down a little by little. He kept getting wider off of four … I needed a couple more laps and I think I could’ve made something happen.

“We was close there,” he added, referring to the door-rubbing finish. “I would’ve had to back out there in turn one and then try to get another run (if there was another lap), but I wasn’t gonna do nothing stupid. It’s awesome for him to get his first win — it’s his home track and Wayne, his owner, is awesome. And anywhere, after we rebounded as good as we did, it was a great points night for us, so I was just conservative and thinking the big picture.”

Davenport started from the pole position but only led laps 1-3 before fading out of the lead group for much of the distance. His strategy of cooling his jets until the late stages — a strategy that worked to perfection on Friday night — nearly came to fruition again.

“Those guys were going way too fast for me to begin with,” Davenport said. “They was passing me on both sides hitting the rev-limiter chip, which, that’s fast for about 10 laps, but we’ve got 60. So it took a lot of patience, but I just let ‘em go. We just had a plan and I stuck to it, even though it was definitely hard to see all those guys go around you.

“Being we were running around the bottom, my carburetor was messing quite a bit, burping, so it got me out one lane, and when I went out there I felt the rubber right in the middle and I thought, Well, here we go. I had plenty of tire left, so I was able to hustle the car pretty good to get back up there. We got some lucky breaks after those cautions come out with Overton pushing and then Brandon (Sheppard), he went in there and slid one time and I got a good run.”

Overton, meanwhile, couldn’t quite finish the job to collect his second win of his first-ever Winternationals. He simply didn’t have enough tire left to turn back Bronson and Davenport, leaving him with a third-place finish.

“I passed a few cars there off the get-go and then I started riding around,” Overton said. “I got to J.D. and I could tell J.D. was riding around, and I said, ‘If I at least get in front of him then I can slow back down.’ So I got in front of him, and then we had a restart (around the halfway point) and I passed a couple more, so I said, ’S---, I better go.’ Then I took off and I run it hard for probably five or six laps, and I couldn’t steer, couldn’t steer, and when I’d push I’d stomp the gas and wheel-spin .. that was the only way to get it to turn, and, well, after you do that for 10 laps, it takes a s---. That’s the wrong tire for that racetrack … it gets way out of its heat range, and I wore it out.

“Both (Bronson and Davenport) had a little bit of rubber left (on the right-rear), and mine’s bald. I wouldn’t have made it two or three more laps, it would’ve blown out.

“I shouldn’t have went when I did, but I was scared if I didn’t go ahead and go,” he continued. “Jonathan ain’t no dumb ass — he knows when to go and when not to. I guess I just jumped the gun a little bit too early.”

Overton wished that the caution flag hadn’t flown on lap 53. His best hope for repelling Bronson was for the race to stay green.

“I think if we wouldn’t have had that restart when he passed me, he would’ve had to slide me to pass me because I would’ve started driving a little harder and sliding up in that rubber and then I would’ve felt it,” Overton said. “Where I was driving, I was in kind of a protective mode because I knew I done used my shit up.

“But I’m glad he won. If anybody’s gonna win, I’m glad he did because we’ve been working together,” he added. “I know how much that first one means for him. I’ve been there, done that, so I’m glad we could be there for him and help.

Bronson certainly expressed appreciation for the assistance he’s received from Weaver, Overton and the rest of Dream Racing.

“Randy, he built me a pretty good car here, and I really got to give him a lot of credit for what he’s done for my program,” said Bronson, who left East Bay sitting third in the Lucas Oil points standings. “They’re a hundred percent open notebook — what I got on my car is identical to what they got on theirs. Me and Brandon share everything on these cars. We trade shocks, springs, everything back and forth. We’re 100 percent teammates with each other.”

The triumph in his backyard left Bronson yearning for more success as he sets off on a national tour for the first time.

“Now I got an Outlaw win and a Lucas win, so I’m ready to go win some more,” he said. “I’m getting kind of greedy now, but that’s OK. We’ve got a really good piece here. I feel like as long as we keep the fenders on it, we’ve got as much of a chance to win as anybody.”

Notes: Twelve caution flags slowed the wild, rough-and-tumble event, all but one coming from lap 28 on. … After Joey Moriarty of  Phoenix, Ariz., slowed on lap two, the race ran uninterrupted until Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., brought out a caution on lap 28. … Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., saw his miserable week continue; after using a provisional to start 23rd, he slowed on lap 30 to trigger a caution flag before pitting and later, on lap 35, hit the wall between turns three and four and was towed off. … Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., had an up-and-down feature run. Starting 25th thanks to a fast-time provisional, he pitted to change helmets on lap 31, momentarily appeared as high as fifth after the lap-44 Richards-Bloomquist scrape caused a flurry of position-swapping and ultimately faded to an 18th-place finish. … Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., slowed on lap 40 with a broken driveshaft and was towed off. … Two-time Winternationals winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., climbed as high as second just after the halfway point, but nose damage he sustained amidst the Richards-Bloomquist scramble hampered his late-race hopes and he settled for an eighth-place finish. … Tyler Erb briefly appeared to be a serious contender as he followed Sheppard around the outside of the track to ascend to fourth on lap 22, but he pitted during a lap-28 caution period and finished five laps down in 21st. … Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., pitted to change a tire on lap 55 but still finished 10th.

Preliminary results and notes:

Pre-feature notes

The 60-lap feature took the green flag at 10:48 p.m. ... Brandon Sheppard’s seventh-place starting position in the feature is his best of the week. … Tim McCreadie starts 23rd in the A-main after using a provisional. He’s appeared in five features this week and used a provisional four times. … Bobby Pierce gained entry to the feature thanks to the event’s fast-time provisional. … Mason Zeigler was running second on the first lap of the second B-main when he slid too high between turns three and four and slapped the wall, causing right-front suspension damage that forced him to the pits. … Chase Junghans was sidelined for the remainder of the night by Lucas Oil Series officials after he hit Ryan King under caution during the fifth heat following an earlier racing altercation between the two. … Chub Frank slapped the outside wall between turns three and four early in the Strawberry Dash and was towed back to the pit area.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr.
Row 2: Josh Richards, Gregg Satterlee
Row 3: Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist
Row 4: Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 5: Devin Moran, Kyle Bronson
Row 6: Tyler Erb, Mike Maresca
Row 7: Hudson O’Neal, Brandon Overton
Row 8: Morgan Bagley, Ryan King
Row 9: Dustin Mitchell, Jason Jameson
Row 10: Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens
Row 11: Joey Moriarty, Don O’Neal
Row 12: Tim McCreadie, Boom Briggs
Row 13: Bobby Pierce, Mike Benedum

Strawberry Dash results

Finish: Mike Benedum, Doug Drown, Trey Beene III, Brent Larson, Nick Davis, Craig Wolford, Travis Stemler, Jeff Mathews, Bob Geiger, Freddie Carpenter, Bob Gardner, Chub Frank.

Strawberry Dash lineup

Row 1: Doug Drown, Mike Benedum
Row 2: Trey Beene III, Brent Larson
Row 3: Shanon Buckingham, Chub Frank
Row 4: Freddie Carpenter, Travis Stemler
Row 5: Craig Wolford, Nick Davis
Row 6: Bob Geiger, Jeff Mathews
Row 7: Bob Gardner, Jonathan Rowan
Row 8: Allen Murray, Brian Shirley

B-main results

First B-main finish (12 laps; top 2 transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Joey Moriarty, Doug Drown, Mike Benedum, Brent Larson, Chub Frank, Travis Stemler, Nick Davis, Jeff Mathews, Bob Gardner, Shane Tankersley, Blake Spencer, Rusty Schlenk (DNS) Drake Meeks, Corey Conley, Coleby Frye, Matt Cosner.

Second B-main finish (12 laps; top 2 transfer): Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Boom Briggs, Trey Beene, Shanon Buckingham, Freddie Carpenter, Craig Wolford, Bob Geiger, Bobby Pierce, Jonathan Rowan, Allen Murray, Tim McCreadie, Brian Shirley, Mason Zeigler (DNS) Jesse Stovall, Chase Junghans, Tyler Millwood.

B-main lineups

(12 laps; top 2 transfer)
First B-main
Row 1: Nick Davis, Brent Larson
Row 2: Rusty Schlenk, Darrell Lanigan
Row 3: Doug Drown, Joey Moriarty
Row 4: Chub Frank, Jeff Mathews
Row 5: Travis Stemler, Mike Benedum
Row 6: Matt Cosner, Shane Tankersley
Row 7: Blake Spencer, Bob Gardner
Row 8: Coleby Frye, Corey Conley
Row 9: Drake Meeks
Second B-main
Row 1: Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Rowan
Row 2: Don O’Neal, Mason Zeigler
Row 3: Brian Shirley, Boom Briggs
Row 4: Tim McCreadie, Trey Beene III
Row 5: Freddie Carpenter, Shanon Buckingham
Row 6: Bobby Pierce, Tyler Millwood
Row 7: Allen Murray, Chase Junghans
Row 8: Craig Wolford, Bob Geiger
Row 9: Jesse Stovall

Sixth heat

Scott Bloomquist cruised to a runaway triumph, outdistancing New Yorker Mike Maresca by just over a 1-second margin. Jason Jameson came out on top of a three-battle for third, narrowly besting Don O’Neal. Freddie Carpenter sat in second for a lap-six restart but slipped to sixth in the final rundown. Craig Wolford brought out a caution flag on lap six when he slid to a stop in turn one.

Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Mike Maresca, Jason Jameson, Don O’Neal, Boom Briggs, Freddie Carpenter, Tyler Millwood, Craig Wolford.

Fifth heat

Gregg Satterlee sailed into the lead on the first circuit and never looked back en route to a 1.075-second victory over Kyle Bronson, who moved up from sixth to take the runner-up spot. Ryan King survived a tangle with Chase Junghans on lap seven that left his bodywork mangled to finish third, a position he grabbed on the lap-seven restart as Bobby Pierce was shuffled backward to a seventh-place finish. A caution flag flew on the opening lap when Junghans spun in turn two after Satterlee slid sideways in front of him; a second caution, on lap seven, was needed because bodywork came off Junghans’s car after he was involved in a scrape with King.

Finish: Gregg Satterlee, Kyle Bronson, Ryan King, Jonathan Rown, Brian Shirley, Trey Beene III, Bobby Pierce, Chase Junghans.

Fourth heat

Billy Moyer Jr. scored a flag-to-flag win, pulling away in the final circuits to defeat Dennis Erb Jr. by 2.726 seconds. Brandon Overton challenged Erb for second but settled for the final transfer spot.

Finish: Billy Moyer Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Mason Zeigler, Tim McCreadie, Shanon Buckingham, Allen Murray, Bob Geiger.

Third heat

Earl Pearson Jr. ran away with the prelim, beating Tyler Erb by 4.981 seconds. Dustin Mitchell held off Rusty Schlenk to finish third. The wildest moment came when officials threw a caution flag for a bad original start; when Erb slowed on the backstretch, Coleby Frye ran over Erb’s right-rear corner, sidelining Frye with left-front damage while Erb continued on with crumpled bodywork.

Finish: Earl Pearson Jr., Tyler Erb, Dustin Mitchell, Rusty Schlenk, Joey Moriarty, Travis Stemler, Shane Tankersley, Coleby Frye.

Second heat

Josh Richards slid Devin Moran through turns three and four to grab the lead on lap two and never looked back. Moran finished 4.958 seconds — over a straightaway — behind in second place and Morgan Bagley placed a solid third.

Finish: Josh Richards, Devin Moran, Morgan Bagley, Brent Larson, Doug Drown, Jeff Mathews, Matt Cosner, Bob Gardner (DNS) Drake Meeks.

First heat

Jonathan Davenport led every lap, but he had to survive a second-half challenge from Brandon Sheppard to emerge victorious by 0.195 of a second. Hudson O’Neal finished a distant third.

Finish: Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O’Neal, Nick Davis, Darrell Lanigan, Chub Frank, Mike Benedum, Blake Spencer (DNS) Corey Conley.

Qualifying

Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., was the overall quickest qualifier for the second night in a row, turning a lap of 14.361 seconds in Group 2 to earn the pole position for the fourth heat.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., was fastest in the Group 1 with a lap of 14.489 seconds, putting him on the pole for the first heat.

Other heat polesitters are Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn.

Pre-race notes

The 42nd annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals close Saturday night with a finale glorious Florida day: party sunny skies and afternoon temperatures in the low 80s. The entire week has rolled by with virtually no serious threats of rain. … Last year’s Winternationals finale was rained out, so the last Saturday-night victor at East Bay was Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., in 2016. … Zeigler enters the finale coming off a week-best fifth-place finish on Friday night despite being hampered for the final 17 circuits of the feature by a freak mechanical problem: his car’s right-front upper-control arm became stuck on top of the shock, which broke his car’s rack and caused its power steering to give out. “I’m just lucky there wasn’t a restart or I would’ve really been in trouble,” said Zeigler, who effectively had no right-front suspension due to the malady. … Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., each have an opportunity to become the first driver to win three features in a single Winternationals since Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., in 2015. … Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., is in need of a victory to extend his streak of consecutive years with a Winternationals triumph to four. … Drivers who departed the pit area prior to Saturday’s finale are Timothy Culp of Prattsville, Ark., and Rance Garlock of Three Springs, Pa. … Both Tim Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., and Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., still have their haulers parked in the pits, but neither driver plans to race on Saturday. Hubbard was actually still making an engine swap late Saturday afternoon after hurting a motor on Friday; he is contemplating whether to enter Sunday evening’s Lucas Oil Series event at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., before heading home. … The only new entrant on hand is Trey Beene III of Bossier City, La., though Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., has returned after being absent for Friday’s program. … Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Joey Moriarty of Phoenix, Ariz., changed engines following Friday’s action. … Tyler Millwood of Kingston, Ga., missed transferring to Friday’s feature by one spot in a B-main in what was his first-ever start at East Bay. He is behind the wheel of a 007 Chassis built by Doug Stevens — the same type of car Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., is campaigning this season — but will jump into his new Barry Wright Race Car when he hits Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., on Monday. … The pit area has the aroma of strawberries wafting through it Saturday as Lucas Oil Series officials delivered baskets of the juicy Florida-grown fruit to every team at the track.

Pre-race setup

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series runs the sixth and final round of the 42nd annual Winternationals on Saturday night with a 60-lap feature paying $12,000-to-win topping the card. After four non-points events, the Friday and Saturday shows offer full points toward the Lucas Oil Series championship.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., was victorious in Friday night’s 50-lap A-Main, registering his second win of the week. The triumph moved the 2015 Lucas Oil Series champion to second in the tour’s points standings behind Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., the driver Davenport passed for the lead with three laps remaining in Friday’s headliner.

Saturday’s program is made up of hot laps, time trials, heat races, consolations, the DirtonDirt.com Strawberry Dash and the 60-lap main event.

Heat race lineups

(10 laps; top 3 transfer)
First heat
Row 1: Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal
Row 2: Nick Davis, Brandon Sheppard
Row 3: Darrell Lanigan, Mike Benedum
Row 4: Chub Frank, Blake Spencer
Row 5: Corey Conley
Second heat
Row 1: Josh Richards, Devin Moran
Row 2: Morgan Bagley, Brent Larson
Row 3: Matt Cosner, Jeff Mathews
Row 4: Doug Drown, Bob Gardner
Row 5: Drake Meeks
Third heat
Row 1: Tyler Erb, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 2: Dustin Mitchell, Coleby Frye
Row 3: Rusty Schlenk, Shane Tankersley
Row 4: Travis Stemler, Joey Moriarty
Fourth heat
Row 1: Billy Moyer Jr., Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 2: Jimmy Owens, Brandon Overton
Row 3: Tim McCreadie, Allen Murray
Row 4: Shanon Buckingham, Mason Zeigler
Row 5: Bob Geiger
Fifth heat
Row 1: Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee
Row 2: Brian Shirley, Chase Junghans
Row 3: Jonathan Rowan, Kyle Bronson
Row 4: Jesse Stovall, Ryan King
Row 5: Trey Beene III
Sixth heat
Row 1: Scott Bloomquist, Freddie Carpenter
Row 2: Mike Maresca, Jason Jameson
Row 3: Craig Wolford, Don O’Neal
Row 4: Boom Briggs, Tyler Millwood

Qualifying results

First group   
Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 14.489
Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 14.538
Tyler Erb (91), New Waverly, Texas, 14.592
Hudson O'Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 14.611
Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 14.696
Earl Pearson Jr. (1P), Jacksonville, Fla., 14.745
Nick Davis (92), Millsboro, Del., 14.760
Morgan Bagley (14M), Tyler, Texas, 14.763
Dustin Mitchell (d8), Pine Level, N.C., 14.779
Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 14.782
Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 14.787
Coleby Frye (0F1), Dover, Pa., 14.787
Darrell Lanigan (14), Union, Ky., 14.841
Matt Cosner (66), Ridgeley, W.Va., 14.866
Rusty Schlenk (CJ1), McClure, Ohio, 14.883
Mike Benedum (25), Salem, W.Va., 14.888
Jeff Mathews (33), Apollo Beach, Fla., 14.922
Shane Tankersley (T31), Blue Ridge, Ga., 14.985
Chub Frank (1*), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.005
Doug Drown (C02), Wooster, Ohio, 15.137
Travis Stemler (2s), Ionia, Mich., 15.145
Blake Spencer (6), St. Augustine, Fla., 15.265
Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 15.302
Joey Moriarty (51), Phoenix, Ariz., 15.343
Drake Meeks (01), Parkersburg, W.Va., no time
Corey Conley (14), Wellsburg, W.Va., no time
Second group
Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 14.361
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 14.546
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 14.618
Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., 14.635
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 14.635
Freddie Carpenter (0K), Parkersburg, W.Va., 14.641
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 14.691
Brian Shirley (22*), Chatham, Ill., 14.696
Mike Maresca (7MM), Potsdam, N.Y., 14.713
Brandon Overton (116), Evans, Ga., 14.727
Chase Junghans (18c), Manhattan, Kan., 14.749
Jason Jameson (12J), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 14.774
Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 14.800
Jonathan Rowan (56), Jackson, Tenn., 14.803
Craig Wolford (36), Saint Louisville, Ohio, 14.832
Allen Murray (2M), San Antonio, Texas, 14.866
Kyle Bronson (40b), Brandon, Fla., 14.882
Don O'Neal (5), Martinsville, Ind., 14.913
Shanon Buckingham (50), Morristown, Tenn., 14.945
Jesse Stovall (00), Billings, Mo., 15.033
Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.042
Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 15.097
Ryan King (1G), Seymour, Tenn., 15.120
Tyler Millwood (31), Kingston, Ga., 15.137
Trey Beene (115), Bossier City, La., 15.412
Bob Geiger (38), Laurel, Del., 17.680

Feature lineup

Row 1: Davenport, Moyer Jr.
Row 2: Richards, Satterlee
Row 3: Pearson, Bloomquist
Row 4: Sheppard, D. Erb
Row 5: Moran, Bronson
Row 6: T. Erb, Maresca
Row 7: H. O’Neal, Overton
Row 8: Bagley, King
Row 9: Mitchell, Jameson
Row 10: Lanigan, Owens
Row 11: Moriarty, D. O'Neal
Row 12: McCreadie, Briggs
Row 13: Pierce, Benedum
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