Jonathan Davenport after his second win in two divisions of
Late Model racing at Toccoa (Ga.) Speedway last Saturday. (Thomas
Davenport Double Dips and Dominates at Toccoa
By: Kelley Carlton
TOCCOA, Ga. - April 10. Domination. Nothing short of that would even begin to describe
Jonathan Davenport’s performance at Toccoa Speedway on Saturday. Davenport decimated the field in his crate engine
powered machine early in the evening, then politely did the same in the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series
sanctioned "Toccoa 50".
Davenport led every lap of both late model events to capture a cool $6000. In taking the
Southern All Stars victory, Davenport became the first repeat winner of
Brent Dixon held off last weekdn's SAS winner, Casey Roberts (#101) to
post second at Toccoa. (Thomas
Scott Creel was able to put away tthe #00 of Freddy Smith to contest a top five spot, but
the Louisiana racer got together with a lapped Jimmy Ivester and fell out of contention with a flat tire.
the Southern All Stars 2010 season.
“It’s ridiculous how fast these Barry Wright Race Cars are right now. Both cars were just
phenomenal all night long.” Davenport said from Victory Lane.
With 22 drivers posting laps in time trials, Davenport collected his second pole qualifying award of the season
with his lap of 12.357 seconds around the 5//16-mile oval. Brent Dixon, last weekend’s SAS winner Casey Roberts,
SAS Rookie of the Year contender Scott Creel and Royce Bray rounded out the top five qualifiers. Also locked in to
the feature were Hall of Famer Freddy Smith, Ethan Hunter, Danny Ledford, Jeremy Ledford and Lee Sutton. The
remainder of the field was set by a pair of eight lap last chance B-Main races.
On the start of the 50 lap main event, it was young gun Dixon who grabbed the point entering
the first turn, but Davenport’s #49 machine was just too strong on the inside for Dixon to quell. Davenport slipped
by Dixon down the back straightaway and began to drive away. Roberts was able to follow Davenport to cover the
18-year-old Ethan Hunter strapped in for a ninth place finish at Toccoa Speedway.
but Dixon stayed glued to Roberts’ deck looking for an opening, until the first caution
waved at lap nine when several cars stacked up. Lee Sutton, Tony Knowles, Royce Bray and Gus Simpson all wound up
stopped on the track, but were able to continue on the tail of the field.
The double file restart once again placed Roberts and Dixon in a door to door battle for second. Dixon was able to
grab second with Roberts in close tow, but two laps into the green flag run, Roberts slipped back by Dixon for
second. After a door to door battle with Smith, Creel moved into the opening Roberts had made and went side by side
with Dixon for third, but Dixon was able to slam the door shut on the Louisianan.
Another caution waved when Melvin English’s machine slowed atop turn three, and when the
green flag reappeared Dixon was able to lurch ahead of Roberts and take the second position. Up front, Davenport
was on cruise control, patiently moving past the lapped cars one by one.
With 42 laps in the books, the final caution slowed the field when Creel collected the
slowed machine of Jimmy Ivester on the back straightaway. The contact ended Ivester’s night and Creel returned to
the tail of the field after changing a flat tire. The top five on the final restart were Davenport, Dixon, Roberts,
Smith and 20th starting Daniel Baggerly.
As the field came to the green for the final time, Dixon stayed close to Davenport over two laps, but Davenport
motored away and crossed the checkers with a six length advantage over Dixon. Roberts held on for third with Smith
and Baggerly rounding out the top five.
“Our car was good when we unloaded. Barry and Lance had the car nearly perfect for me. We
got in a rush running both cars and I was afraid we went too soft on tires (on his super late model) but it all
worked out in the end. This place is tight and it can be hard to pass on. We were able to catch the lapped cars
just right for the most part. Some of them were a little tougher than others but it’s a part of racing.” Davenport
said in his winning interview.
Tony Knowles took the win in the Hoosier Race Tires B-Main while Bruce Taylor took the checkers in the Arizona
Sport Shirts B-Main.