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Jonathan Davenport - Earl Pearson Jr - Jimmy Owens - Winchester Speedway

A scrappy early fight for the lead between #49 Jonathan Davenport, #44 Earl Pearson, Jr., and #20 Jimmy Owens. (Rick Schwallie)

Lucas Oil: Davenport Runs Down First Series Win at Winchester

James Essex

WINCHESTER, Va. – Sept. 17. In one of the best dirt Late Model races of 2010, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga. won his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday at Winchester Speedway.  The 26-year-old driver pulled away from a great battle for the lead in winning the “Gunter’s Honey 50” worth $10,000. 

Gary Stuhler - Tyler Reddick - Lucas Oil Late Model Series at Winchester Speedway

14-year-old West Coast upstart Tyler Reddick duels regional touring veteran Gary Stuhler (#7) at Winchester. (Rick Schwallie) 

Chris Wall - Eric Wells - Scott Bloomquist - Winchester Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Series

Taking a provisional start after flipping his primary car earlier in the evening, Scott Bloomquist bypasses #71 Chris Wall and #18 Eric Wells en route to recovering a fifth place finish. (Rick Schwallie)

Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla. finished second, followed by Josh Richards, Jimmy Owens and 23rd starting Scott Bloomquist.

“I’m at a loss for words to describe this win; it’s my first Lucas Oil Series win, Barry Wright’s first Lucas Oil victory. I hope it doesn’t take as long to get the second one,” said Davenport, who became the 12th different winner on the series tour in 2010.  “The track was excellent tonight, it was my first time here and obviously I really took a liking to the track. You could run anywhere out there, Jimmy (Owens) and I; Richards and Earl, we put on quite a show, I hope the fans enjoyed that one.”

Jason Covert - Dan Stone - Winchester Speedway Lucas Oil Series

Unable to duplicate the kind of dominance he's known for in the northeastern regional tours, #43 Jason Covert races outside of #21 Dan Stone before posting an 11th place finish. (Rick Schwallie)

“I have to thank Barry Wright, his son Lance, and the entire crew, we ran well at the Hillbilly Hundred a few weeks ago, we had some back luck at Eldora last week, but tonight the car was awesome. This is a great win for the team,” said the victor afterwards.

Owens quickly grabbed the lead at the start of the race after passing front row starters Davenport and Pearson.  Owens held a narrow lead as a terrific battle for second was going on between Davenport and Pearson, who swapped the second spot back-and-forth for several circuits.

Jonathan Davenport VL Winchester Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Series

Georgia's Jonathan Davenport after his cirst career Lucas Oil Series Late Model win. (Rick Schwallie)

The race was slowed by several cautions as the battle for the lead was one of the best of the year.  Owens pulled away from the three cars that were challenging him in. Davenport, Pearson and Richards battled it out, jockeying for position.  Davenport finally overhauled Owens for the lead on lap 37.

Davenport pulled away in the final laps to win his first series event.  Pearson outran Owens in the final six laps to take second as Richards squeezed by Owens to finish third.  Owens then had to withstand a late-race charge from Bloomquist to take fourth.

Bloomquist, who flipped his primary car in his heat race, went to a back-up car for the main event and came up through the field to salvage a solid points night.  Bloomquist now leads Owens by 190-points in the chase for the 2010 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship.


Area driver Ronnie DeHaven earn Fast Time honors at Winchester Speedway.

(Rick Schwallie)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 17 - Lucas Oil - Winchester Speedway

1) Jonathan Davenport, 2) Earl Pearson, Jr., 3) Josh Richards, 4) Jimmy Owens, 5) Scott Bloomquist (prov.), 6) Don O'Neal, 7) Austin Hubbard, 8) John Blankenship, 9) Booper Bare, 10) Ray Cook (prov.), 11) Jason Covert, 12) Eric Wells, 13) Chris Wall, 14) Dale McDowell (prov.), 15) Tim Isenberg, 16) J.T. Spence, 17) Tyler Reddick, 18) Brad Neat, 19) D.J. Myers, 20) Ronnie DeHaven, Jr., 21) Daniel Stone, 22) Jamie Lathroum, 23) Tommy Armel, 24) Gary Stuhler, 25) Bo Feathers
Fast Time (44 entries): Ronnie DeHaven, Jr. (14.322) Heat winners: Davenport, Owens, Pearson, Spence; B-Main winners: Stone, Covert

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Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings - Sept. 17, 2010

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

6670

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

6480

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

6440

4

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

6040

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

5990

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

5765

7

71w

Chris Wall

Springfield, LA

5200

8

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

5160

9

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

5135

10

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

5070

11

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

5010

12

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

4905

13

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

4410

14

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

3870

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