Davenport Tolls to First Volunteer Speedway Win; Pockets
Southern Nationals Cash
By Robert Walden
BULLS GAP, Tenn.- July 23. The Ray Cook-promoted Southern
Nationals Series, which features 10 events in the span of 13 days around the Southeast, made its fifth stop at
Volunteer Speedway on Friday for a $5,300-to-win show presented by Tri-Am RV Center. In a race won twice each by
Jimmy Owens and Tommy Kerr in previous years, Jonathan Davenport can add his name to the speedway's history
Chris Madden races #50 Shannon Buckingham before grabbing second at Bulls Gap.
Davenport claimed the pole position after setting fast time at 12.460 seconds among 34
entries, with five-time track champion Vic Hill second quickest at 12.527 to earn the outside front row starting
berth for the main event. Davenport, of Blairsville, Ga., then won in impressive fashion by leading
flag-to-flag to record his first-ever victory on the famed high banks.
Davenport blasted out of the gates at the start and never looked back, grabbing the lead
on the opening lap over Billy Ogle Jr., Hill, and Mark Douglas, who jumped the cushion between turns one and two
on lap three, allowing both Shannon Buckingham and Chris Madden to get by. Madden then got around Buckingham for
fourth on the fifth circuit, and dropped Ogle back to fourth in the running order on lap 14.
The event’s first caution waved on lap 17 when Jeff Maupin slowed with a flat tire, and again
three laps later when Donald Bradsher got into the turn one wall. A large lead for Davenport was erased again on
lap 44 as Clint Smith’s driveshaft broke and scattered debris on the front straightaway. One lap later, Tony
Knowles slowed with flat tire.
|Southern Nationals winner Jonathan Davenport at Volunteer Speedway.(Randall Perry)
Poised for a run to the checkers, Hill was glued to rear bumper of Davenport to try and
mount a challenge. But Hill quickly lost second place to Madden as they raced into the first turn, as Madden got
inside of Hill to take the position.
Out front, however, it was all Davenport over the final laps as he pulled away to
easily record the victory over Madden, Hill, Ogle and Buckingham.
“Man, this is cool to get a win at Volunteer Speedway,” said the Georgia racer Davenport,
after climbing from his car. "I just couldn’t have asked for a better driving car. This is a new Barry
Wright Race Car we debuted earlier this week when we won at East Alabama Motor Speedway, and we ran awfully well
with it last night at Cleveland (Tenn.) Speedway, too. We really should have won that race, but we got tangled
up with an (idiot) who wasn't driving past the air cleaner on his hood and it took us out of the race. So it's
awesome to have this strong run here to victory tonight, it's just a statement of how good this race team is. I
want to dedicate this win to my crew chief Lance Wright (sitting in grandstands due to pit altercation previous
night at series event in Cleveland) and also to his dad, my car owner Barry Wright.”
After getting into the turn four wall driving his car during qualifying, Brian Booze was the
recipient of Vic Hill's generosity as he let the Pennsylvania driver start the race in his backup car as a
Southern Nationals - Volunteer
1) Jonathan Davenport, 2) Chris
Madden, 3) Vic Hill, 4) Billy Ogle, Jr., 5) Shannon Buckingham, 6) Eric Wells, 7) Rick Rogers, 8) Tommy
Kerr, 9) Mark Douglas, 10) Chris Brown, 11) Shane Clanton, 12) Mike Smith, 13) Jeff Smith, 14) Tony
Knowles, 15) Terry Wolfenbarger, 16) Clint Smith, 17) Chad Ogle, 18) Jeff Wolfenbarger, 19) Chris Wall,
20) Jeff Maupin, 21) Mike Collins (prov.), 22) Donald Bradsher, 23) Mark Vineyard, 24) Brian Booze
Fast Time (34 entries): Davenport (12.460 secs.); B-Main winners: Kerr, Rogers,
|George Missita photo