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Jonathan Davenport @ East Alabama Motor Speedway Southern Nationals

Jonathan Davenport at EAMS. (Brian McLeod)

Jonathan Davenport is interviewed by Chris Tilley after his East Alabama win. (Brian McLeod)
Southern Nationals: Davenport Express at East Alabama

Series report

PHENIX CITY, Ala. - July 20. Barry Wright Race Cars house car driver Jonathan Davenport extended his current Southern Nationals Series point lead with a convincing $3,500 win tonight at the East Alabama Motor Speedway.

After setting fast time during qualifying nearly four-tenths faster than anyone else, Davenport held the stout field behind him for all 35 circuits in the A-Main to claim his second career Southern Nationals Series victory.

Finishing behind his #49 was Chris Madden, who closed to within a couple of lengths of Davenport, but couldn't challenge on a track that had locked down with 15 laps to go. On a fairly racey track earlier in the main event,  position changes were common and Madden had advanced quickly from ninth to fourth behind Davenport, Tommy Kerr and Stacey Holmes. At that point, the caution flew on the fourth circuit for Bub McCool's slide over turn two.

With the restart, Madden passed Holmes for third, but another caution erased the move. After getting back under way, the last of the five caution flags went red on lap 21 when a "slide job" went awry. Kerr wheel-hopped Holmes  and went airborne, and after riding each other down the backstretch, the two got locked together again before spinning to a stop in turn three.

With Madden sitting comfortable in second at that point, Clint Smith raced from his 11th place start to third. Tenth starting Texas driver Chris Brown was fourth and Brian Booze completed the top five at the finish.

Southern Nationals - East Alabama Motor Speedway
1) Jonathan Davenport, 2) Chris Madden, 3) Clint Smith, 4) Chris Brown, 5) Brian Booze, 6) Terrance Nowell, 7) Austin Dillon, 8) Kenny Compton, Jr., 9) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, 10) Vic Hill, 11) Bub McCool, 12) Jake Knowles, 13) Tony Knowles, 14) Montana Dudley, 15) Donald Bradsher, 16) Mike Collins, 17) Tommy Kerr, 18) Brian Nuttall, Jr., 19) John Henderson, 20) Lavon Sparks, 21) Stacy Holmes, 22) Brian Reese, 23) Mark Sims (prov.), 24) Casey Roberts (prov.)
Fast Time (26 entries): Davenport (14.52); B-Mains: Smith, Dillon

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