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Daily Dirt 02/27/2020 06:04:30

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September 30
Tri-County Racetrack,
Brasstown, NC
Sanction: Schaeffer's Fall Nationals (Tar Heel 53) - $4,053
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated October 1, 10:31 pm)
Davenport captures Tar Heel 53 at Tri-County
Tar Heel 53
  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Shanon Buckingham
  4. Kenny Collins
  5. Jacob Grizzle
  6. Casey Roberts
  7. David Payne
  8. Randy Nichols
  9. Robby Moses
  10. Donald McIntosh
  11. Michael Barnett
  12. Charlie Parker
  13. Doug Smith
  14. Joey Standridge
  15. Daniel Wilson
  16. Jamie Oliver
  17. Craig Greer
  18. Danny Ledford
  19. George Mashburn
  20. Mike Marlar
  21. Bobby Panter
  22. Brian Ligon
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Brian McLeod
Jonathan Davenport (116) tries to work back ahead of Brandon Overton (76) at Tri-County Racetrack.
What won the race: Polesitter Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., won a duel with eighth-starting Brandon Overton of Appleton, Ga., for a Southern Nationals Bonus Series at Tri-County Racetrack, earning $4,053 in the Tar Heel 50. Early race leader Casey Roberts spun out of contention in turn one on the fifth lap.
Quotable: "Brandon came up through there and gave me all I wanted. I had to work for that one. That was a lot of fun, me and him throwing sliders back and forth," said Davenport, who grew up racing at Tri-County. "Everybody out there watching, they've gotta come check this place out. I love this place. I know this is home for me, but this is one helluva racetrack."
Key notes: Overton twice slipped ahead of Davenport briefly but never officially led a lap. ... Despite carburetor issues, Davenport earned his fourth career Southern Nationals Bonus Series victory. ... Davenport piloted Randy Weaver's No. 116, which he'll enter again in Lucas Oil Series events at Dixie and Rome on Saturday and Sunday. ... The race was slowed by five cautions. ... Three complete starts were required, including after a 10-lap pileup triggered when Brian Ligon and David Payne made contact exiting turn two. ... Two cautions appeared on the fifth lap for a spin by leader Casey Roberts and third-running Mike Marlar's turn-one spin. ... George Mashburn spun exiting turn four on lap 10. .... .The race was presented by Jacky Jones Automotive Group, Rick’s Rental and Hogsed’s Sports Wear.
On the move: Brandon Overton of Appleton, Ga., started eighth and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Davenport drove Randy Weaver's No. 116 Longhorn Chassis, which is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Stone Land Cleaning and Excavating, Mission Transport, A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services and the Bailey Company.
Points chase: Entering the event, Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., had a 50-point lead over David Payne.
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Jonathan Davenport
Time: 12.460 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Consolation race winners: Jamie Oliver
Next series race: October 7, Crossville Speedway (Crossville, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Corrects lap count to 53 sted 50.
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