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Daily Dirt 10/23/2021 11:51:45

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September 4
Ponderosa Speedway,
Junction City, KY
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (John Bradshaw Memorial) - $12,000
Information provided by: Gary Skinner, series and track reports (last updated September 5, 5:41 pm)
J.D. wins at Ponderosa, snaps four-month skid
John Bradshaw Memorial
  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Billy Moyer Jr.
  3. Mike Marlar
  4. Zack Dohm
  5. Tim McCreadie
  6. Tyler Erb
  7. Jimmy Owens
  8. Kyle Strickler
  9. Hudson O'Neal
  10. Kyle Bronson
  11. Tanner English
  12. Josh Richards
  13. Michael Chilton
  14. Jared Hawkins
  15. Devin Moran
  16. Tyler Bruening
  17. Jason Jameson
  18. Earl Pearson Jr.
  19. Shane Clanton
  20. David Webb
  21. Dustin Linville
  22. Camaron Marlar
  23. Devin Gilpin
  24. Stormy Scott
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Jonathan Davenport led all 50 laps at Ponderosa Speedway.
What won the race: Winning on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time since May, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., led all 50 laps Friday at Ponderosa Speedway for a $12,000 John Bradshaw Memorial victory. Davenport took the checkers 1.383 seconds ahead of Billy Moyer Jr. for his third series victory of the season.
Key notes: Davenport had won on the Schaeffer's Iron-Man Late Model Series at Ponderosa on Aug. 7. ... Davenport's previous Lucas Oil Series victory came May 25 at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. ... Ponderosa Speedway hosted the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for fourth time in series history. … Former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie the Year Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., debuted in a Longhorn Chassis by Wells but failed to crack the feature lineup. ... The race was originally scheduled for May 1, but was one of several events rescheduled because of Covid-19 concerns.
On the move: Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started 12th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Davenport's Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, ASC Warranty, Spartan Mowers, Mark Martin Automotive, Valvoline, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas and Midwest Sheet Metal.
Points chase: After Ponderosa: 1. Jimmy Owens (6,870); 2. Tim McCreadie (6,335); 3. Jonathan Davenport (6,210); 4. Josh Richards (6,115); 5. Tyler Erb (6,050); 6. Shane Clanton (5,755); 7. Devin Moran (5,680); 8. Kyle Bronson (5,680); 9. Billy Moyer Jr. (5,485); 10. Tanner English (5,355). 11. Earl Pearson Jr. (5,260). 12. Tyler Bruening (4,790); 13. Shanon Buckingham (4,640); 14. Hudson O’Neal (4,460); 15. Stormy Scott (4,410).
Current weather: Clear, 64°F
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Jonathan Davenport
Time: 13.696 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr., Jimmy Owens, Kyle Strickler
Consolation race winners: Michael Chilton
Provisional starters: Tyler Bruening, Stormy Scott
Next series race: September 5, Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, OH) $12,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. — Pole-starting Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., on Friday ended a 27-race winless streak on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, leading all 50 laps of the 16th annual John Bradshaw Memorial at Ponderosa Speedway.

The three-time and reigning series champion fought off mid-race challenges by series points leader Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., and ended up taking the checkers 1.383 seconds ahead of runner-up Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark. Seventh-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., was third with Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., and 12th-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., rounding out the top five.

Owens, who started outside the front row and held the second spot for 33 laps, was shuffled back to sixth after a restart with 12 laps remaining and ended up seventh after losing his final spot to Tyler Erb on the last lap.

"Man, it's been a struggle here for sure. We have had some really good years," Davenport said in victory lane. "We just try to not let the lows get too low. I've got to give this win to my guys. They have been working their tails off. Man, I cherish these wins. I didn't know when I was going to get another one."

The second-finishing Moyer added another podium finish in chasing Davenport to the checkers.

"I know I say it all the time, but those guys are great to work with," Moyer said, thanking Capital's Marshall Green. "We made some changes after hot laps and it turned our night around. So all in all in turned out to be a good night."

Improving four positions, Marlar turned in a podium finish at a track where he's competed frequently throughout his career.

"I was trying to put on a show for the fans. I was really wanting to win one so close to my home," he said. "The track was awesome out there tonight, we could move around a little bit. I needed a few more things to go my way on the restarts, but we had a good car at the end for sure."

The feature was slowed by three cautions, the first when tail-running Stormy Scott stopped and retired on lap 14 and again on lap 38 when Dustin Linville slowed. The last yellow appeared on lap 46 when Earl Pearson Jr. spun in turn two (Shane Clanton ducked into the pits with a flat tire during the ensuing caution).

The national tour’s Labor Day weekend continues Saturday with a $12,000-to win event at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park. Sunday’s Hillbilly 100 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., was removed from the schedule when the Carl Short-promoted event was cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions.

Notes: Davenport scored his 49th career series victory, third on the all-time list. … Nineteen drivers finished on the lead lap. … Billy Moyer Jr. posted his second runner-up finished of the season; he was also second July 17 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. … Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., debuted a new Longhorn Chassis by Wells but failed to make the feature lineup. … Home-state driver David Webb of Nicholasville was fastest in his qualifying group and started sixth in the feature. He ran fourth the first 14 laps but fell from contention and eventually retired on lap 42. … The John Bradshaw Memorial honors a former track promoter.

Correction: Fixes that Moyer Jr. wasn't fielding a new race car.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Davenport, Owens
Row 2: Moyer Jr., Strickler
Row 3: Dohm, Webb
Row 4: Marlar, Bronson
Row 5: Clanton, English
Row 6: Erb, McCreadie
Row 7: Linville, Richards
Row 8: Hawkins, O'Neal
Row 9: Chilton, Marlar
Row 10: Moran, Gilpin
Row 11: Jameson, Pearson Jr.
Row 12: Bruening, Scott

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