- Nov. 20 - Cleveland Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Southern All Stars: Davenport Wins Gobbler - Bookends 2010 Cleveland Events

Brad Byrd

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Nov. 20. Early in Jonathan Davenport’s impressive 2010 season, he notched a victory in the first Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series visit to Cleveland Speedway during the $10,000 to win "Shamrock" race. Davenport ended the tour’s season the same way in Saturday’s 22nd annual "Gobbler" at Cleveland, leading every lap for a $5,000 payday.

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Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga. came from his eighth starting spot to finish second in the 50-lapper but no one made a serious challenge of Davenport, who notched his fifth career series victory.

Mark Douglas of Knoxville, ran up front the entire way and finished third followed by ninth starting David Payne of Murphy, N.C. and Skip Arp of Georgetown, Tenn. Pole sitter Dennis Erb, Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. ran among the top three most of the race, but a lap-33 flat right rear tire forced him to the pits for new rubber and he ended 13th.

Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn. clinched his second straight series championship by taking the green flag in tenth place in the 24-car field.

Scott Creel of Franklinton, La. managed a 16th place finish and clinched second place in the series’ final standings and earned 2010 rookie of the year honors.

Davenport credited a last-minute decision on tire compound to help his No. 49 mount to victory lane.

“I’ll tell you what, it feels good to start the year off here with a win and to come back and win again feels even better. This is awesome,” Davenport said from victory lane.

Smith moved up to second after Erb’s departure and was within striking distance of Davenport before the fifth and final caution in the final laps, but Davenport eased away on the final re-start with a clear racetrack.

“I still think his car was just a touch better’” Smith said. “In lapped traffic, you never know, because if (the leader) makes a wrong decision, the second place guy usually has the advantage. I’d like to have let it play out (without a caution) because it was getting a little shaky there.”

Notes: Davenport’s Barry Wright Race Car is sponsored by Mega Plumbing, En Compass Solutions, Elite Concrete, Bair Transports, Nichols Plumbing and JRI Shocks…. Davenport was back in action after taking a week off. “We lost our grandfather last weekend and we’re all racing with heavy hearts around here,’” he said in victory lane…. Billy Ogle Jr. was driving Tommy Kerr’s back-up car and finished 12th…Drivers failing to make the Gobbler were: Dennis Barton, Doug King, George Mashburn, Jeff Franklin, Johnny Chastain, Shawn Chastain and Reuben Mayfield.

Cleveland Speedway SAS "Gobbler"
1) Jonathan Davenport, 2) Clint Smith, 3) Mark Douglas, 4) David Payne, 5) Skip Arp, 6) Shane Clanton, 7) Tommy Kerr, 8) Jake Knowles, 9) Derek Ellis, 10) Randy Weaver, 11) Brian Reese, 12) Billy Ogle, Jr., 13) Dennis Erb, Jr., 14) Riley Hickman, 15) Chad Ogle, 16) Scott Creel, 17) Brett Wyatt, 18) Kevin Gibson, 19) Jeff Neubert, 20) Daniel Beggarly, 21) Doug Smith, 22) Mike Hill, 23) Benji Cole, 24) Freddy Smith (31 entries)

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