Jonathan Davenport was all smiles after
his win in the Saturday afternoon "World Finals" opener. (George Missita)
World of Outlaws: Tire
Gamble Gives Davenport Dominant First Series Win in "World Finals" Opener
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 6. A shrewd tire-compound choice propelled Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., to
a convincing victory in Saturday afternoon's postponed 40-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main during the
Lowes Foods World of Outlaws "World Finals" Presented by Bimbo Bakeries and Tom's Snacks at The Dirt Track at
With a hard 70-compound Hoosier tire bolted on the right-rear corner of his Barry Wright Race Cars house car,
Davenport was able to master the four-
Jonathan Davenport navigates the Dirt Track at Charlotte en route to a Saturday
afternoon World of Outlaws win. (George
tenths-mile oval’s sun-baked afternoon surface. He surged forward from the sixth starting spot to pass Tim
McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., for the lead on lap 11 and never looked back en route to his first career WoO LMS
Davenport, who turned 27 on Oct. 31, also presented veteran car builder Barry Wright a first-ever triumph on the
“This is real exciting,” said Davenport, who earned $10,500 for bagging a checkered flag in the first half of a
Lowes Foods World Finals doubleheader that attracted more than 14,000 fans. “You can’t get no bigger crowd than
this, and I’ve always loved this place.”
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who started from the outside pole, crossed the finish line 3.140 seconds behind Davenport
after inheriting the runner-up spot on lap 37 when McCreadie slowed with a flat right-rear tire. McCreadie started
from the pole position and led laps 1-10.
Chris Madden and Dale McDowell race for position at Charlotte.
Steve Francis of Ashland,
Ky., advanced from the fifth starting spot to finish third, also behind the wheel of a car built by Wright. Darrell
Lanigan of Union, Ky., started 12th but charged forward to place fourth and fourth-starter Dan Schlieper of
Sullivan, Wis., completed the top five.
While Lanigan and points leader Richards (by six points) chase the WoO LMS crown in Saturday’s nightcap,
Davenport will bid for an unprecedented clean sweep of the full-fender portion of the Lowes Foods World Finals. He
set fast time in both rounds of qualifying on Thursday night and won a heat race during Saturday afternoon’s
program, which was postponed by rain on Friday night.
Davenport expects the road to victory in the evening show to be a bit more difficult, however.
“Today we just put on the right tires,” said Davenport, who was briefly threatened by McCreadie late in the race
before clearing lapped traffic and pulling away to a comfortable edge. “I thought it was a no-brainer (to go with a
hard tire). Me and Barry looked at each other and we thought the exact same thing – we didn’t even say what tires
we were gonna put on."
“Then we got up to the (starting) grid and nobody had them on, and we started thinking maybe we were wrong. But as
soon as we took off, we knew we were right. Hoosier has great tires – this new 70 just fired right up.”
Three caution flags slowed the event, including one on lap nine for Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., who stopped
with a broken rearend. Clanton, who used a provisional to start the A-Main after spinning during his heat, finished
25th and lost fifth place in the WoO LMS points standings to Eckert.
Charlotte Motor Speedway World Finals Race no.
1) Jonathan Davenport, 2) Rick Eckert,
3) Steve Francis, 4) Darrell Lanigan, 5) Dan Schlieper, 6) Dennis Erb, Jr., 7) Clint Smith, 8) Jimmy
Owens, 9) John Blankenship, 10) Scott Bloomquist, 11) Chris Madden (prov.), 12) Josh Richards, 13)
Jared Landers, 14) Vic Coffey, 15) Tim Fuller, 16) Jeep VanWormer, 17) Russell King (prov.), 18) Austin
Hubbard, 19) Zack Dohm, 20) Johnny Pursley, 21) Gregg Satterlee, 22) Chris Brown, 23) Tim McCreadie,
24) Steve Shaver, 25) Chub Frank, 26) Shane Clanton (prov.), 27) Dale McDowell, 28) Jeff Rine
Fast Time (76 entries): Davenport (15.178); Heat Winners: Davenport,
McCreadie, Erb, Eckert, Francis; B-Main Winners: Landers, Satterlee, McDowell.