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Daily Dirt 05/25/2024 06:34:38

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July 11
Stuart International Speedway,
Stuart, IA
Sanction: XR Super Series (Fever Heat 100) - $20,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac and series reports (last updated July 12, 10:30 am)
Davenport dominates $20,000 Stuart opener
Fever Heat 100
  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Ryan Gustin
  4. Mike Marlar
  5. Chad Simpson
  6. Chris Madden
  7. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  8. Bobby Pierce
  9. Tyler Bruening
  10. Shane Clanton
  11. Stormy Scott
  12. Cody Laney
  13. Jimmy Owens
  14. Chase Junghans
  15. Tyler Erb
  16. Kyle Strickler
  17. Dennis Erb Jr.
  18. Brent Larson
  19. Jason Feger
  20. Daniel Hilsabeck
  21. Kyle Bronson
  22. Daulton Wilson
  23. Johnny Scott
  24. Scott Bloomquist
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Jonathan Davenport holds his trophy and $20,000 check on Monday at Stuart International Speedway.
What won the race: Surviving a scrape with the turn-two wall on lap 16, polesitter Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., led all 50 laps Monday at Stuart International Speedway for a dominating $20,000 victory on the first-year XR Super Series. Davenport took the checkers 0.797 of a second ahead of Tim McCreadie, who slipped by Chad Simpson to grab second in the final laps.
Key notes: On the 16th lap, Davenport hit the outer turn-two wall when he hit moisture on the track surface dropped by Daulton Wilson's blown radiator hose. Davenport bounced off the dirt-covered wall apparently no worse for wear. ... Besides the lap-16 yellow (for Wilson, who also hit the wall ahead of Davenport), there was a sixth-lap tangle among unrelated Tyler Erb and Dennis Erb Jr. with Chase Junghans. ... A lap-27 caution appeared for a slowing Kyle Bronson. ... Nineteen drivers completed 50 laps. ... Recent Gopher State 50 winner Brandon Overton failed to make the Stuart feature lineup. ... Among other DNQs: Cade Dillard, Brian Shirley, Chris Simpson and Frank Heckenast Jr. ... Tuesday's program includes another $20,000-to-win feature.
On the move: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started 22nd and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Davenport’s Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, ASC Warranty, Spartan Mowers, Lucas Oil, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, VP Racing Fuels, Bilstein, Hoosier Racing Tire, Midwest Sheet Metal and K1 RaceGear.
Points chase: After Stuart Monday: 1. Chris Madden (1,082); 2. Jonathan Davenport (1,039); 3. Chris Ferguson (912); 4. Kyle Strickler (891); 5. Scott Bloomquist (882); 6. Shane Clanton (843); 7. Jimmy Owens (829); 8. Brandon Overton (744); 9. Dale McDowell (676); 10. Kyle Bronson (633).
Current weather: Clear, 66°F
Car count: 42
Fast qualifier: Jonathan Davenport
Time: 12.389 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Mike Marlar, Ricky Thornton Jr., Chad Simpson, Tim McCreadie, Chris Madden
Consolation race winners: Daulton Wilson, Jimmy Owens
Provisional starters: Scott Bloomquist, Johnny Scott
Next series race: July 12, Stuart International Speedway (Stuart, IA) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

STUART, Iowa — Polesitter Jonathan Davenport didn’t have much to worry about in winning Monday’s 50-lap XR Super Series event at Stuart International Speedway. Well, except for when he slammed into the turn-two wall.

Fortunately for the Blairsville, Ga., driver, his Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis was no worse for the wear after the strange lap-16 incident caused by a competitor's blown radiator hose that left moisture on the surface. Restarting out front, he cruised the rest of the way for a $20,000 victory, his third of the season on the first-year tour.

“I think it's fine. It might’ve bent a wheel, maybe but I'm not sure. It hit it pretty good. But luckily there was a lot of dirt built up against the wall, so that definitely cushioned the blow,” Davenport said. “We took off (after the restart and) I didn’t have no vibrations, so maybe there was just enough dirt there to just save us.”

Davenport led comfortably most of the way and, held up by traffic in the closing laps, took the checkers 0.797 of a second ahead of runner-up Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., in the first of two events at Stuart, the quarter-mile oval hosting its richest-ever Dirt Late Model events.

Eighth-starting Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, was third followed by Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., and Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa, who held the second spot for 32 laps but slipped out of the runner-up position on lap 46 and faded to fifth with a softer-tire choice than most competitors.

Davenport’s run was mostly uneventful except for as the leader was preparing to overtake the slower car of Daulton Wilson. As the cars went through turns one, Wilson suddenly slid high and into the concrete barriers, when Davenport doing the same thing just behind him.

While the cars of Wilson and Davenport didn’t make contact, both tagged the wall after running through an apparent strip of moisture around turns one and two. Davenport wondered if Wilson’s car blew a radiator hose — the Rattliff Motorsports team confirmed it did.

“I was trying to pass (a lapped car) on the outside and I followed Daulton Wilson up to the top there,” Davenport said. “That’s when he blows (water on the track) because he hit the wall and I've done the exact same thing.”

During the ensuring caution period for Wilson’s retirement, Davenport gassed up his car to look for signs of damage, but didn’t find any. He was relieved when the race went back to green and he didn’t feel any vibrations as he continued his dominating performance.

His only concern late was the lapped traffic as he approached the slower cars of Jason Feger and Brent Larson in the closing laps.

"I was looking at the scoreboard and just hoping it'd get over whole a lot faster,” Davenport said. “I was a little bit worried because everybody got in line there on the bottom and then the two cars in a back was running side by side. I was a little better moving out a lane. I thought I could get by Jason like that, but then Brent was out there and he would go then he would come back. So I was just trying to protect both lanes there.”

He held on for the victory, but added that it probably “wasn’t the best race to watch for ya'll fans, from where I was sitting at anyway, but it was sorta good for us.”

McCreadie started fourth but slipped back and was running seventh past the halfway point. He turned things around in the second half of the race with his car performing better on a drier surface after a half-hour track prep session sent the 24-car field on a hooked-up surface for the start. (Davenport turned laps at 12.6 seconds in the first 10 laps but was slowed to 14.9 seconds in the final 10 laps).

“It's just with all the with all the (track) prep, the inside lane was just way fast for a long time and I just had a bunch of restarts on the top,” McCreadie said. “I finally got one on the bottom, which got me back near the front of the field and I just rolled the middle because it finally threw some moisture there.

“I just think we wasted 20 laps at the beginning. Maybe they need to make it a 100-lapper or something. But we need to have it prepped before we race on it for another division to run on it first, I feel like, that way the track's race ready instead of us trying to burn it off all night long.”

The third-finishing Gustin also struggled early, failing to make up any ground from his eighth starting spot until late. He went to fourth from sixth on lap 45, then climbed another spot with four laps remaining.

“I wasn't really trying to conserve there early,” Gustin said. “We put a small carburetor on I think that kind of bit us in the butt early. It seemed like once the track blew off were were good, so we won't make that mistake again tomorrow.”

Besides the caution for Wilson’s departure, the 50-lapper was slowed by two other cautions. On the sixth lap, unrelated Tyler Erb and Dennis Erb Jr. got tangled up in a mess between turns three and four with Chase Junghans while Kyle Bronson slowed on the 27th lap for the final slowdown.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Davenport, Chad Simpson
Row 2: Marlar, McCreadie
Row 3: Thornton, Madden
Row 4: S. Scott, Gustin
Row 5: B. Larson, Strickler
Row 6: T. Erb, Bronson
Row 7: Hilsabeck, Feger
Row 8: Clanton, Junghans
Row 9: D. Erb, Laney
Row 10: Wilson, Owens
Row 11: Bruening, Pierce
Row 12: Bloomquist, J. Scott

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