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!