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November 11
Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
Las Vegas, NV
Sanction: XR Super Series (Duel in the Desert) - $20,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac, series and track reports (last updated November 12, 4:42 pm)
Davenport sweeps Vegas night two, wins $20,000
Duel in the Desert
  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Shane Clanton
  4. Tim McCreadie
  5. Stormy Scott
  6. Cade Dillard
  7. Bobby Pierce
  8. Tyler Bruening
  9. Jason Papich
  10. Chase Junghans
  11. Billy Moyer
  12. Tanner English
  13. Justin Duty
  14. Zane DeVilbiss
  15. Ross Robinson
  16. Blair Nothdurft
  17. Tim Lance
  18. Kyle Strickler
  19. Preston Luckman
  20. Collen Winebarger
  21. Jimmy Owens
  22. Joey Tanner
  23. Clayton Stuckey
  24. Rodney Sanders
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Kevin Kovac/DirtonDirt.com
Jonathan Davenport's 23rd victory of 2022 came at the Las Vegas dirt track.
What won the race: Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., added another flawless performance to his impressive 2022 season Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, clean-sweeping the second night of the Duel in the Desert for the $20,000 victory. Davenport, who rolled to fast time honors and a heat win, led all 40 laps from the pole and topped Brandon Overton by 6.699 seconds.
Key notes: Friday served as Jonathan Davenport's 23rd overall win of a lucrative 2022 season that's now surpassed $1.9 million in earnings. It's also the second win of his career at the Las Vegas dirt track. ... Preston Luckman of Coos Bay, Ore., drew the race's only caution on lap eight with a flat right-rear tire. ... Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., rallied to a 10th-place finish after scratching from hot laps and qualifying. ... Friday's Late Model feature lasted 16 minutes and ended at 9:55 p.m. PT a night after Thursday's marathon of a Late Model program ended at 11:50 PT. ... Thursday's $20,000 victor, Shane Clanton of Zebulon Ga., finished third on Friday.
On the move: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started 21st and finished seventh.
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 Vegas Friday: 1. Jonathan Davenport (1,668); 2. Chris Madden (1,536); 3. Shane Clanton (1,451); 4. Kyle Strickler (1,312); 5. Brandon Overton (1,307); 6. Jimmy Owens (1,180); 7. Tim McCreadie (1,008); 8. Scott Bloomquist (938); 9. Ricky Weiss (920); 10. Chris Ferguson (912).
Current weather: Clear, 46°F
Car count: 42
Fast qualifier: Jonathan Davenport
Time: 17.006 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Shane Clanton, Stormy Scott
Consolation race winners: Joey Tanner, Chase Junghans
Provisional starters: Kyle Strickler, Jimmy Owens
Next series race: November 12, Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV) $40,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jonathan Davenport appears to be bolstering his bullpen of race cars ahead of the 2023 racing season, as the No. 49 Double L Motorsports team rolled out a new race machine Friday at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas and added upon their record year.

The Blairsville, Ga., driver known as Superman registered a clean sweep of the second night of the Duel in the Desert at the Sin City oval, leading all 40 laps for the $20,000 victory on a night he also took fast time honors and a heat race win.

Friday marked Davenport’s 23rd overall victory on the season that’s now surpassed $1.9 million in earnings. Fellow Georgian, Brandon Overton of Evans, finished 6.699 seconds behind and could never keep Davenport in reach.

“A new car is like a new girlfriend, I guess. You have to learn what she likes,” Davenport said. “It’s just a testament to all my guys, all the handwork they’re putting in. The guys at Longhorn and Bilstein Shocks. The team Lance Landers has let us assemble here is just awesome.”

One night after last year’s Duel in the Desert winner Bobby Pierce pushed his right-rear tire too hard running the top of the half-mile oval — so hard that the tire went flat on Pierce while leading with three laps to go — Davenport made the long way around the racetrack work on Friday.

Davenport couldn’t quite get his Longhorn Chassis to latch onto the cushion, but he seldom hopped off the top side of the track to make speed.

“I couldn’t run off the cushion. I don’t know if anybody could, really,” Davenport said. “It was just so much faster up there.”

While Davenport maintained a multisecond advantage most of the race, one scare occurred on lap 22 when his pace slowed in the midst of what he thought had been an issue with his car. Davenport’s three-second lead cut in half as Overton rapidly closed in.

“I thought our night ended (on lap 22). The hood flew off right here or something,” Davenport said. “I ran over it, and then I backed my corner up, and I pushed over the cushion down there. I hoped I didn’t tear the nose off of it at that point. I eased off of it the next corner. It seemed like everything was OK.”

Davenport, who lapped up to ninth, never faltered the rest of the way. Overton, meanwhile, started third and ran second for the duration of the feature event. The race’s only caution occurred on lap eight for Coos Bay, Ore.’s Preston Luckman and his flat right-rear tire.

Outside of the opportunity to take a stab at Davenport on a restart, Overton never got close enough to make a move for the win. After starting eighth and finishing fifth in Thursday’s opener, Overton gladly accepted Friday’s outing.

“We’ll take it. We were way better than what we were last night,” Overton said. “We weren’t as good as J.D. We definitely made gains on it. We’ll work on it and see what we have tomorrow.”

Thursday’s opening night winner, Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., started second and finished third, adding that his night was “not bad” and that “we just need to be a little bit better there like Jonathan.”

Clanton was also one of the lone frontrunners to commit to the bottom of the Las Vegas dirt track in the early going before he begrudgingly moved to the preferred groove up top.

“I hate this cushion, but you have to be up there to make some time,” Clanton said. “It is what it is. If (there was no cushion), it’d rubber on the bottom.”

McCreadie, meanwhile, joined Clanton, Davenport and Overton as the only drivers to finish inside the top-five through two nights of the Duel in the Desert. The reigning two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion wasn’t as good as Thursday’s runner-up showing, but he still left content with Friday’s result.

“I fired early and thought maybe we’d have a chance and get up to third there,” McCreadie said. “I have to run so hard to be in the cushion. I’m just not balanced enough, and it just fries the left-rear tire off the car, and about lap 10 or 15 we were there. We’ll work on it tomorrow.

“Congrats to everyone up front. It’s a fun track to race on. I really enjoyed it. We’re not as good as we need to be, but it’s fun to be dicey and to race. Shane and I were trading sliders. Everyone was trading sliders. And they are slider sliders, where you’re 10 feet by the guy by the exit of the corner. It’s a lot of fun to race that way.”

Friday’s schedule

(All times Pacific)

3:30 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
4 p.m. - Track packing
4:50 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
5 p.m. - Racing begins
- Sport modified heats (7 laps)
- Late Model hot laps and qualifying
- Stock car heats (7 laps)
- Late Model heats (8 or 10 laps)
- Modified heats 1-5 (7 laps)
- Late Model consolations (10 or 12 laps)
- Modified heats 6-10 (7 laps)
- Late Model feature (40 laps)
Track prep/intermission
- Sport modified consolations (8 or 10 laps)
- Stock car consolations (8 or 10 laps)
- Modified consolations (8 or 10 laps)
- Sport modified feature (20 laps)
- Stock car feature (20 laps)
- Modified feature (20 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Davenport, Clanton
Row 2: Overton, S. Scott
Row 3: Dillard, McCreadie
Row 4: DeVilbiss, Papich
Row 5: English, Moyer
Row 6: R. Robinson, Nothdurft
Row 7: Bruening, Sanders
Row 8: Lance, Stuckey
Row 9: Tanner, Junghans
Row 10: Winebarger, Duty
Row 11: Pierce, Luckman
Row 12: Strickler, Owens

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