Leads Early; Rebounds for Runner-Up in Knoxville Nat'ls!
17, 2017) The #49 team had another crown jewel event
on their racing calendar from September 14-16 at Knoxville Raceway
in Knoxville, Iowa, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once
again sanctioned the 14th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' A 56 car field assembled at the 1/2-mile Marion County
Fairgrounds speedplant and things kicked off with a pair of $7,000
to win preliminary events. On Thursday evening, Jonathan Davenport
laid down the quickest lap in Group A during qualifying, won his
heat race, and later placed third in the 25-lap sprint behind only
winner Josh Richards and runner-up Jared Landers. At Knoxville on
Friday night, Jonathan ran fifth in his loaded heat race, but unfortunately
suffered rear-end issues on his XR1 Rocket in the B-Main and was
unable to transfer into the 25-lapper.
By virtue of accumulating the second best point total during the
prelims, JD rolled off from the outside of the front row in Saturday's
100-lap grand finale. The Blairsville, Georgia star led the first
seventeen circuits and was in the second position during the halfway
fuel stop. Unfortunately, his right front tire went flat during
the red flag and he was forced to get new rubber and restart at
the tail of the talented field. Jonathan then rallied back through
the field - eventually storming up to second after a late race restart
to garner an impressive runner-up performance behind only $40,000
victor Mike Marlar! Full results from the 'Lucas Oil Late Model
Knoxville Nationals' weekend can be found by pointing your web browser
Wires World 100 Field for Second Globe Trophy!!!
10, 2017) Jonathan Davenport wheeled G.R. Smith's
Rocket XR1 entry to his second 'World 100' triumph on Saturday evening,
September 9 at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio! In front
of the largest crowd ever assembled at the storied Darke County
facility, Jonathan won his heat race earlier in the night and later
started the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza from the inside of
the second row. JD then blasted to the lead on the first circuit
and wired the stellar field to bag the gargantuan $50,000 top prize
over Gregg Satterlee, Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell, and Darrell Lanigan.
The Blairsville, Georgia superstar now has a second globe trophy
in his possession to go with the one he won in 2015!
Earlier in the hectic weekend at the "Big E,"
the #49 team competed in Twin 25 programs on Thursday and Friday,
as $10,000 winner's checks were on the line. On Thursday night,
Jonathan qualified seventeenth quickest in UMP time trials and won
his heat race in preliminary action prior to leading the first seventeen
circuits of the 25-lapper and finishing second behind only victor
Darrell Lanigan. At the hallowed 1/2-mile oval on Friday, Jonathan
earned Fast Time honors of the 104 competitors during qualifying
before running fifth in his loaded heat race and winning his B-Main.
"Superman" then vaulted past thirteen competitors during
the 25-lap sprint to garner a solid eighth place performance. Complete
results from the 47th edition of the 'World 100' can be accessed
online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Gets First Hillbilly Hundred Title!!!
4, 2017) Blairsville, Georgia standout Jonathan
Davenport picked up his first career 'Hillbilly Hundred' triumph
on Sunday evening, September 3 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne,
West Virginia! Aboard G.R. Smith's Rocket XR1 machine once again,
Jonathan stopped the clock second fastest in Group B during Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying and later scored a victory
in his loaded heat race. After rolling off fourth in the 100-lap
feature event, JD scooted past race-long leader Jimmy Owens on the
83rd circuit and held off Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal,
and Josh Richards to bag the hefty $25,000 windfall! Complete results
from last night's 'Hillbilly Hundred' can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Fifth at Granite City; Ninth in Whiskey City 60
27, 2017) Jonathan Davenport and G.R. Smith's team
traveled to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and Lawrenceburg
Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on August 25-26 for a pair of
special events. On Friday night at Granite City in a $5,000 to win
MARS Dirt Car Series West division race, Jonathan earned Fast Time
honors in qualifying, won his heat race, and later wound up fifth
after hitting a utility tire in the main event. JD trailed only
victor Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, and Tim Manville
after forty green flag circuits. At Lawrenceburg on Saturday evening
in the $12,000 to win 'Whiskey City 60,' the Blairsville, Georgia
star timed in fourth fastest in Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series qualifying, placed third in his loaded heat race, and
eventually advanced to ninth in the 60-lap headliner in the Hoosier
State. Full results from both dirt venues can be accessed online
Succumbs to Rear End Issues in Scorcher...
18, 2017) "Superman" Jonathan Davenport
was back behind the wheel of G.R. Smith's #49 XR1 Rocket machine
on Thursday evening, August 17 at the ultra-fast Volunteer Speedway
in Bulls Gap, Tennessee for the 13th edition of the 'Scorcher.'
The Ultimate Super Late Model Series sanctioned the single day showdown
in the Volunteer State and 30 competitors signed in at "The
Gap" to vie for the $10,000 winner's check. Jonathan timed
in fifth fastest in his group during qualifying and ran sixth in
his heat race prior to scoring the victory in his B-Main. After
starting the 50-lap main event from the inside of the ninth row,
JD unfortunately was forced to retire from rear-end issues after
only twenty-two circuits and was relegated to seventeenth at the
pay window. Full results from last night at Volunteer Speedway can
be viewed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Climbs Inside Top Ten in $50k North/South 100
13, 2017) Jonathan Davenport and the #49 team drove
through the pit gate at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union,
Kentucky on August 10-12 for a pair of lucrative Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series showdowns. Things started at the undersized 1/2-mile
speedplant on Thursday evening with the 'North/South Shootout,'
which paid $10,000 to the winner. Jonathan timed in twenty-second
fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to running
sixth in both his stacked heat race and his B-Main. JD unfortunately
was unable to transfer into the 50-lap feature event, which was
eventually won by Jimmy Owens.
On Friday night, preliminary action for the 35th Annual 'North/South
100' kicked off at the Cincinnati-area venue with a double set of
qualifying heat races. Jonathan won his first heat race of the evening
before finishing sixth in his final prelim. By virtue of accumulating
the fifteenth most passing points, the Blairsville, Georgia star
rolled off from the inside of the eighth row in Saturday's $50,000
to win headliner. Jonathan then quickly blasted up inside of the
top ten, but a run-in with another competitor caused front end damage
and he eventually settled for a solid ninth place performance in
the 100-lap grind. Complete results from the crown jewel show can
be viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Pair of Wins in G.R. Smith's Ride!
7, 2017) Jonathan Davenport went two-for-two in
the win column on August 5-6 behind the wheel of G.R. Smith's #49
XR1 Rocket racecar in special events in West Virginia and Pennsylvania!
On Saturday night at Elkins Raceway in Kerens, West Virginia, Jonathan
won his heat race in preliminary action and later started the annual
'Red Frederick Memorial' from the outside of the front row. After
leading all 52 circuits in the unsanctioned headliner, JD and Smith's
team celebrated the $5,200 victory over Russell Erwin, Shane Hitt,
Mason Zeigler, and Billy Holbert!
The 'Jim Dunn Memorial' at Midway (OH) Speedway was
washed out early in the day on Sunday, so the team hustled to Dog
Hollow Speedway in Strongstown, Pennsylvania for the 'Shawn McGarvey
Memorial.' Problems with the liftgate on the transporter forced
Jonathan to miss his heat race, but he later transferred from the
tail of his B-Main into the 45-lap feature event. The Blairsville,
Georgia star then rolled off twenty-first on the grid in the unsanctioned
race and blitzed through the field to grab the top spot on the 25th
circuit. Jonathan then beat Kyle Hardy, Michael Lake, Alex Ferree,
and Robbie Black to the finish line to bag the $4,000 windfall.
Full results from both weekend shows can be accessed online at www.elkinsraceway.net
(Tommy Michaels Photo)
and BWRC Amicably Split this Week
2, 2017) "Superman" Jonathan Davenport
confirmed today that he and Barry Wright Race Cars amicably split
earlier this week and he will no longer pilot the "House Car"
for the Cowpens, South Carolina chassis manufacturer. With no concrete
plans for the rest of the 2017 racing season, Jonathan will jump
behind the wheel of G.R. Smith's XR1 Rocket / Cornett racecar this
upcoming weekend (August 5-6) in specials at Elkins Raceway in Kerens,
West Virginia ($5,200 to win) and Midway Speedway in Crooksville,
Ohio ($12,000 to win). When more dates are confirmed or additional
news develops, point your web browser to www.JonathanDavenport.net!