- March 20 - Cleveland Speedway "Shamrock 60" by Sam Holbrooks


 Jonathan Davenport - Barry Wright

 Georgia's Jonathan Davenport with chassis builder Barry Wright after a big win in
the annual "Shamrock 60" at Cleveland (Tenn.) Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson)

Davenport - McDowell

Jonathan Davenport gets a very strong challenge for his lead from #17m Dale McDowell before capturing the $10,000 "Shamrock 60" at Cleveland Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson) 

Davenport Keeps McDowell at Bay To Earn Shamrock Gold at Cleveland

from track report

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- March 20.  With veteran and local dirt track racing "school teacher" Dale McDowell in pursuit, Jonathan Davenport of Blairesville, Ga. accomlished a major feat Saturday at Cleveland Speedway.  The young driver captured the $10,000 captured the $10,000 pot of gold at the southeast Tennessee oval.

Wall - McDowell

"Shamrock" pole winner Chris Wall and local pro Dale McDowell find time to chat prior to the start of the race. (Thomas Hendrickson) 

After McDowell managed to shed an equally stiff challenge from third running Jimmy Owens, he was able to reel in the leader Davenport and had his #17m breathing down Davenport's neck at the finish, but would have to settle for second.

With Chris Wall earning the pole position, Davenport took the lead from from the outside front row at the start and led the race in its entirety, with the only caution coming on lap 13 for the evening''s fast qualifier, Ray Cook, who blew an engine on lap 13.

  Wall was able to keep Chris Madden at bay to claim fourth place behind Owens, while young William Thomas earned asixth place finish.

Randy Weaver - William Thomas

William Thomas gets a heavy challenge from #116 Randy Weaver before successfully defending his sixth position during the "Shamrock 60" at Cleveland Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson) 

Shamrock 60 Finish

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