Davenport wins $10,000 in Raye Vest Memorial
WINCHESTER, Va. (Oct. 15) – Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., picked up a $10,000 victory Saturday night in the second annual Raye Vest Memorial at Winchester Speedway.
The pole-starting Davenport took the lead over fellow front row-starter and hometown driver Ronnie DeHaven Jr. on the start of the 50-lapper and led the entire distance for the victory. DeHaven closed in on Davenport a number of times in slower traffic during the caution-free event, but had to settled for the runner-up finish. | Slideshow
Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., finished third driving for Ernie Davis, while World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., finished fourth. Booper Bare of Rockbridge Baths, Va., rounded out the race’s top five finishers.
The race honored the late long-time car owner of York, Pa., driver Rick Eckert, who finished sixth.
Two 24-lap semi-features were run to determine the starting lineup for the main event with $1,000 going to the winner of each of the races. While battling with Jamie Lathroum, the Mechanicsville, Md., driver who Friday night’s $5,000 feature at Winchester, the two cars made contact sending Lathroum for a spin. Davenport survived the contact and went on to win the prelim, but the run-in caused Lathroum to miss the main event lineup. DeHaven led the other semi-feature flag-to-flag for the victory.
Notes: Davenport's Barry Wright Race Cars house car is sponsored by Mega Plumbing, En Compass Solutions, Elite Concrete, Baird Transports, Nicholls Plumbing and JRI Shocks. ... The caution-free feature was completed 15 minutes 23 seconds. ... The victory is Davenport’s second $10,000 payday during October. His other came in the Alabama State Championship at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala., Oct. 1-2.
Raye Vest Memorial: (1) Jonathan Davenport, (2) Ronnie Dehaven Jr, (3) Jason Covert, (4) Vic Coffey, (5) Booper Bare, (6) Rick Eckert, (7) Dylan Yoder, (8) Tyler Hershey, (9) Dan Stone, (10) Gary Stuhler, (11) Kyle Lear, (12) Kenny Pettyjohn, (13) Gregg Satterlee, (14) Scott Labarron, (15) Nick Dickson, (16) Devin Fries, (17) Roy Deese Jr, (18) DJ Myers, (19) Joe Leavell, (20) Kenny Moreland, (21) Andy Fries, (22) Darryl Hills, (23) Dwane Hrabuagh, (24) Tim McCreadie. Fast qualifier (among 49 cars): Jamie Lathroum, 16.142 seconds. Heat race winners: Davenport, DeHaven.