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Daily Dirt 08/09/2022 12:45:03

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June 4
West Virginia Motor Speedway,
Mineral Wells, WV
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (E3 Spark Plugs Historic 100) - $50,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac and staff reports (last updated June 5, 9:52 pm)
Davenport rules Historic 100, pockets $50,000
E3 Spark Plugs Historic 100
  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Earl Pearson Jr.
  4. Gregg Satterlee
  5. Devin Moran
  6. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  7. Tim McCreadie
  8. Mike Marlar
  9. Tyler Erb
  10. Spencer Hughes
  11. Ross Robinson
  12. Daulton Wilson
  13. Rod Conley
  14. Brandon Sheppard
  15. R.J. Conley
  16. Bryan Bernheisel
  17. Ashton Winger
  18. Hudson O'Neal
  19. Pete Crum
  20. Garrett Alberson
  21. Doug Drown
  22. Justin Duty
  23. Freddie Carpenter
  24. G.R. Smith
  25. Kyle Strickler
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Heath Lawson/heathlawsonphotos.com
Jonathan Davenport pocketed $50,000 Friday at WVMS.
What won the race: Getting redemption after a misstep in traffic Friday, polesitter Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., led 50 laps Saturday at West Virginia Motor Speedway for a $50,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in the E3 Spark Plugs Historic 100. Davenport took the checkers 2.142 seconds ahead of Brandon Overton.
Key notes: Davenport notched his 59th career Lucas Oil Series victory and first of the season. … Hudson O'Neal wrecked at the outset of a consolation race, went to a backup car for the feature, and retired with a broken kill switch.
On the move: Spencer Hughes of Meridian, Miss., started 17th and finished 10th.
Winner's sponsors: Davenport’s Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and 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 WVMS Saturday: 1. Brandon Sheppard (2,865); 2. Tim McCreadie (2,785): 3. Tyler Erb (2,750); 4. Ricky Thornton Jr. (2,620); 5. Earl Pearson Jr. (2,540); 6. Hudson O’Neal (2,460); 7. Ashton Winger (2,395); 8. Devin Moran (2,320); 9. Garrett Alberson (2,260): 10. Jimmy Owens (2,235).
Current weather: Clear, 66°F
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Jonathan Davenport
Time: 20.054 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Ricky Thornton Jr., Brandon Overton, Tyler Erb
Consolation race winners: Spencer Hughes
Provisional starters: Hudson O'Neal, Garrett Alberson, Pete Crum
Next series race: June 16, Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC) $10,000
Editor's note: Corrects fifth-place finisher.
From series and staff reports

MINERALS WELLS, W.Va. — Since Cody Watson reopened West Virginia Motor Speedway last season, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., is nearly perfect.

A misstep in traffic Friday against Devin Moran cost him a $15,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series payday, but the 38-year-old driver got right back on track Saturday with a whopping $50,000 on the line in the E3 Spark Plugs Historic 100.

"We's almost batting 1000," Davenport said. "We let one get away from us last night, but you know, we made up for it tonight."

He made up for it in a big way, running mostly unchallenged in building comfortable leads at the 5/8-mile oval, eventually taking the checkers 2.142 seconds ahead of Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., who ran second most of the way. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., settled for third after a brief stint in the second spot while Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., and Dresden, Ohio's Moran rounded out the top five finishers.

Davenport notched his sixth overall victory of the season and avoided lapped-traffic problems that have cost him significant paydays, including when Moran slipped by Friday to regain the lead with seven laps remaining.

"It's huge, for sure. It's great for me and for my team, for my owners and my sponsors. It definitely will make the ride home a whole lot easier tonight," Davenport said. "We've had a great car the past, you know, two months. My guys have really worked hard and we've been trying stuff and they've hit on something just about everywhere we go, no matter if it's a a super speedway like here in West Virginia, or a little bullring (like) Wisconsin."

While he might be fast in multiple conditions, the enormous WVMS oval clearly fits Davenport well.

"Thanks to Cody for putting this event together," he said. "You know, he had a vision when he took his place back over, you know, a year and a half ago or whatever, and he's turned it around and put on a hell of a show tonight."

Overton, who rebounded from an 11th-place finish in his WVMS debut on Friday, had a solid run but couldn't keep up with Davenport.

"I asked him before the feature what tire to put on and we put a hard one on and I think he had the next step down," Overton said. "But congrats to him. It don't matter; he's been good all weekend. Congrats to him and his guys. Just proud of my team. We sucked yesterday, so to come back and run second, I'll take it."

Pearson had his third top-five finish in his last five starts.

"Well, it was big for me and the sponsors and the team, (car owner) Jason Papich back in California cheering us on. ... it was a good race for us," Pearson said. "We started seventh and come up through there on the bottom. I just didn't need no cautions, really. The restarts wasn't helping me at all. We just couldn't get going on them. But you know, Brandon Overton, and he's one of the best in the business. So we're happy to finish third there."

Four cautions slowed the action, including on the 23rd lap when series rookie Garrett Alberson of Las Cruces, N.M., got into the turn-four wall after a 23rd-to-13th charge. Other yellows appeared on the 19th lap for a slowing G.R. Smith and when Pete Crum drew a yellow on lap 24. The final yellow appeared on the 38th lap for Hudson O'Neal (broken kill switch) and Ashton Winger (broken driveshaft).

Notes: Davenport has 59 career Lucas Oil victories. His most recent came Oct. 10, 2021, at Rome (Ga.) Speedway. ... Garrett Alberson and Hudson O'Neal went to backup cars for the main event — O'Neal after a broken right-rear wheel caused him to blow a tire and back into the turn-one wall while leading his heat, and Alberson due to his involvement in a multi-car accident at the start of the B-main. ... After work on the track, a few extra laps were needed to iron out the surface between the four-wide parade lap and the beginning of the main event. ... R.J. Conley drove a car with a throwback graphics scheme paying tribute to his late father, Hall of Fame driver Delmas Conley. ... Saturday's race was presented by Jan Dils Attorneys at Law.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Davenport, Overton
Row 2: Thornton Jr., T. Erb
Row 3: Marlar, Moran
Row 4: Pearson Jr., Rod Conley
Row 5: Satterlee, Winger
Row 6: Sheppard, Drown
Row 7: McCreadie, Robinson
Row 8: Wilson, F. Carpenter
Row 9: Hughes, Duty
Row 10: Bernheisel, R.J. Conley
Row 11: Strickler, Smith
Row 12: O'Neal, Alberson
Row 13: P. Crum
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