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July 15
Lucas Oil Speedway,
Wheatland, MO
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (CMH Diamond Nationals ) - $15,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 16, 9:13 am)
Dominant Davenport wins Diamond Nationals
CMH Diamond Nationals
  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Devin Moran
  3. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  4. Brandon Overton
  5. Chris Simpson
  6. Earl Pearson Jr.
  7. Tyler Bruening
  8. Justin Duty
  9. Hudson O'Neal
  10. Tim McCreadie
  11. Tyler Erb
  12. Chad Simpson
  13. Max Blair
  14. Ethan Dotson
  15. Garrett Alberson
  16. Ross Robinson
  17. Dillon McCowan
  18. Jeff Herzog
  19. Daniel Hilsabeck
  20. Dustin Hodges
  21. Spencer Hughes
  22. Logan Martin
  23. Trevor Gundaker
  24. Payton Looney
  25. Daulton Wilson
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Jonathan Davenport takes the checkers in Saturday's Diamond Nationals.
What won the race: Holding off Ricky Thornton Jr. and Devin Moran after contact with a slowing lapped car with two laps remaining, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., captured his second straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in Saturday’s 17th annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. Davenport recorded his fourth career Diamond Nationals victory and his 70th Lucas Oil series triumph.
Quotable: “Keep throwing stuff at it (has been the biggest key to winning),” Davenport said. “We were stuck in our ways for a long time there at the beginning of the year, just cause we had such a good year last year and we thought same cars, same shocks, everything should work the same; but that’s just the way this Dirt Late Model racing goes ya know, you get too complacent and you quit working and everybody catches up.”
Key notes: Adding to Tuesday's $10,000 payday at Davenport Speedway, Davenport earned $15,000 for his victory in Saturday's co-sanctioned event with the Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association. … Moran, of Dresden, Ohio, settled for the runner-up spot, 1.466 seconds back, with Thornton Jr., of Chandler, Ariz., in third. ... Pole-starting Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., led the opening four laps before fading to fourth. … Overton, Moran, and Thornton Jr. took part in a heated battle for most of the 50-lapper while Davenport ran comfortably out front. … Daulton Wilson received the worst of a four-car pileup on the second circuit and was towed pitside with heavy damage; Garrett Alberson, Ross Robinson, and Jeff Herzog were also involved but were able to continue. … Third-starting Payton Looney of Republic, Mo., retired on lap 24. ... Saturday's feature was slowed by one other incident when Spencer Hughes slowed on lap 36 and lasted 26 minutes, with 12 competitors completing all 50 laps.
On the move: Tyler Bruening of Decorah, Iowa, started 15th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Davenport’s Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, ASC Warranty, Spartan Mowers, Mark Martin Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, VP Racing Fuels, Bilstein, Hoosier Racing Tire, Go Lithium, Midwest Sheet Metal and K1 RaceGear.
Points chase: After Wheatland: 1. Ricky Thornton Jr. (5,070); 2. Hudson O’Neal (4,840); 3. Brandon Overton (4,580); 4. Jonathan Davenport (4,510); 5. Tim McCreadie (4,460); 6. Devin Moran (4,455); 7. Max Blair (4,095); 8. Daulton Wilson (4,060); 9. Tyler Erb (4,025); 10. Earl Pearson Jr. (4,020); 11. Spencer Hughes (3,920); 12. Garrett Alberson (3,800).
Current weather: Clear, 75°F
Car count: 40
Fast qualifier: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Time: 15.272 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Overton
Heat race winners: Brandon Overton, Payton Looney, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jonathan Davenport
Consolation race winners: Daniel Hilsabeck, Max Blair
Provisional starters: Garrett Alberson, Ross Robinson, Trevor Gundaker
Next series race: July 20, Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD) $12,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Overton, Thornton Jr.
Row 2: P. Looney, Davenport
Row 3: Hodges, Moran
Row 4: Chr. Simpson, T. Erb
Row 5: Duty, Hughes
Row 6: Pearson Jr., Cha. Simpson
Row 7: McCreadie, O'Neal
Row 8: Bruening, Martin
Row 9: Hilsabeck, Blair
Row 10: Wilson, Dotson
Row 11: McCowan, Herzog
Row 12: Alberson, Robinson
Row 13: T. Gundaker
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