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April 12
Lucas Oil Speedway,
Wheatland, MO
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (Lucas Oil Spring Nationals opener) - $7,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated April 13, 7:48 am)
Davenport dominates $7,000 opener at Wheatland
Lucas Oil Spring Nationals opener
  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  3. Mason Zeigler
  4. Garrett Alberson
  5. Tony Jackson Jr.
  6. Chad Simpson
  7. Mike Marlar
  8. Justin Wells
  9. Justin Duty
  10. Chris Simpson
  11. Jeff Herzog
  12. Trevor Gundaker
  13. Logan Martin
  14. Cole Wells
  15. Dustin Hodges
  16. Dillon McCowan
  17. Rodney Sanders
  18. Gordy Gundaker
  19. Garrett Smith
  20. Mason Oberkramer
  21. Brennon Willard
  22. Aaron Marrant
  23. Tyler Stevens
  24. Dusty Leonard
  25. Matt Johnson
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Jonathan Davenport scored a flag-to-flag victory in Friday's $7,000 MLRA season opener.
What won the race: Easily escaping a late-race challenge from Ricky Thornton Jr., second-starting Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., led all 40 laps to win Friday's $7,000 Spring Nationals opener at Lucas Oil Speedway. Davenport captured his 13th career Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association feature victory and his third overall triumph of the season.
Quotable: “This place just fits me. It constantly changes and gives us all a curve ball, for sure,” Davenport said. "That's one thing about Wheatland — if you don't like the racetrack, just wait a minute, cause it's gonna change."
Key notes: The win was Davenport's fifth in the last 12 months at Wheatland, including last year's Spring Nationals finale. He was behind the wheel of a new Longhorn Chassis. ... The sixth-starting Thornton settled for the runner-up spot, 1.029 seconds back. ... Garrett Smith was slated to start on the pole before he was deemed to jump the race's initial start and penalized a row. He trailed Davenport for a majority of the opening 24 laps before giving way to Thornton and then slamming the turn-four wall, drawing the race's fifth and final caution on lap 25. ... Mason Zeigler ran as high as second in the early laps and completed the podium finishers. ... Mike Marlar improved eight positions and finished seventh. ... Justin Wells gained six spots and placed eighth. ... Aaron Marrant slowed from 14th on lap six to bring out the race's third yellow flag. ... Matt Johnson caused the second stoppage when he stopped in the heavy turn-four cushion on lap four. ... Friday's feature lasted 26 minutes, with 13 drivers completing the distance and 15 running at the finish. ... The race came just a few days after the passing of Gary Hubert, called the mastermind of one of dirt racing's showcase venues.
On the move: Justin Duty of Mulino, Ore., started 23rd and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Davenport’s Lance Landers Motorsports Longhorn Chassis carries sponsorship from Nutrien Ag Solutions, ASC Warranty, Dynagro Seed, Mark Martin Automotive, Mega Plumbing & HVAC, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Bilstein and Midwest Sheet Metal.
Points chase: After Wheatland Friday: 1. Tony Jackson Jr. (205); 2. Chad Simpson (200); 3. Justin Duty (185); 4. Chris Simpson (180); 5. Jeff Herzog (175); 6. Trevor Gundaker (170); 7. Dillon McCowan (150); 8. Gordy Gundaker (140); 9. Mason Oberkramer (130); 10. Dusty Leonard (125).
Current weather: Clear, 50°F
Car count: 44
Fast qualifier: Jonathan Davenport
Time: 14.802 seconds
Polesitter: Garrett Smith
Heat race winners: Garrett Smith, Mason Zeigler, Jonathan Davenport, Garrett Alberson
Consolation race winners: Aaron Marrant, Tyler Stevens
Provisional starters: Justin Duty, Mason Oberkramer, Brennon Willard
Next series race: April 13, Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: G. Smith, Davenport
Row 2: Zeigler, Alberson
Row 3: Jackson, Cha. Simpson
Row 4: Thornton, McCowan
Row 5: Martin, Chr. Simpson
Row 6: Hodges, Herzog
Row 7: Sanders, J. Wells
Row 8: Marlar, Johnson
Row 9: Marrant, Stevens
Row 10: Leonard, G. Gundaker
Row 11: C. Wells, T. Gundaker
Row 12: Duty, Oberkramer
Row 13: Willard

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