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Jonathan Davenport successfully defended his Buckeye Spring 50 crown at Atomic Speedway on Friday night.
Davenport withstood an early battle with Brian Shirley to take his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season.
Davenport and Shirley battled for the first 18 laps of the 50-lap race until Davenport pulled ahead. Shirley held off Jimmy Owens to finish second. Owens came home third, followed by Mike Marlar and Darrell Lanigan.
“We had a great car tonight. We had some trouble in traffic, but overall we did well tonight,” Davenport said. “I can’t thank Kevin and Lee Roy Rumley enough for this opportunity to drive their car. Brian [Shirley] and I had a really good race for a long time. I threw that slider on him on the opening lap, but I give him credit, he fought back and got the lead back.”
Shirley kept a slight advantage over Davenport until lap 18 when Davenport forged ahead for good. Shirley tried to stay with Davenport through lapped traffic for the rest of the caution-free main event.
Shirley could not get close enough to challenge Davenport in the final 10 laps as he was being pressured by Owens for third.
“We are really happy to run second against these guys. Davenport is the best in the business right now,” Shirley said. “He slid by me on that first lap, but I came right back and got back around him. Not too many people in the last couple of years can say they’ve passed him lately.”
Driving with a new team this season, Owens, in the R&W Racing machine was extremely happy with his third place finish.
“When we won that heat race it was like winning the World 100,” Owens explained. “The guys at R&W Racing have really stepped up. We had nothing right before we went to Georgia and Florida. We just announced this partnership before the new year.”
Jared Landers set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time among the 50 entrants with a lap of 13.786 seconds.
RESULTS: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series; Buckeye Spring 50; Atomic Speedway; March 18, 2016
- Jonathan Davenport
- Brian Shirley
- Jimmy Owens
- Mike Marlar
- Darrell Lanigan
- Dustin Linville
- Jeep VanWormer
- Duane Chamberlain
- Scott Bloomquist
- Devin Moran
- Don O’Neal
- Earl Pearson Jr.
- Mason Zeigler
- Brandon Sheppard
- Eddie Carrier Jr.
- Steve Francis
- R.J. Conley
- Nick Latham
- Dennis Erb Jr.
- Rod Conley
- Jared Landers
- Tim McCreadie
- Jackie Boggs
- Colton Flinner
- Chris Simpson
- James Rice
CREDIT: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN|
|1||4||6||Jonathan Davenport||Mount Airy, NC|
|2||1||3s||Brian Shirley||Chatham, IL|
|3||3||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN|
|4||2||157||Mike Marlar||Winfield, TN|
|5||5||15L||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY|
|6||12||D8||Dustin Linville||Lancaster, KY|
|7||7||55||Jeep VanWormer||Pinconning, MI|
|8||10||20C||Duane Chamberlain||Richmond, IN|
|9||18||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN|
|10||6||99m||Devin Moran||Dresden, OH|
|11||25||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN|
|12||9||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL|
|13||15||25Z||Mason Zeigler||Chalk Hill, PA|
|14||8||B5||Brandon Sheppard||New Berlin, IL|
|15||16||28||Eddie Carrier, Jr.||Salt Rock, WV|
|16||17||15F||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY|
|17||22||71c||RJ Conley||Wheelersburg, OH|
|18||19||31||Nick Latham||Winchester, OH|
|19||24||28e||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL|
|20||14||71R||Rod Conley||Wheelersburg, OH|
|21||23||777||Jared Landers||Batesville, AR|
|22||11||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY|
|23||20||9F||Jackie Boggs||Grayson, KY|
|24||26||75||Colton Flinner||Allison Park, PA|
|25||21||32||Chris Simpson||Oxford, IA|
|26||13||11R||James Rice||Verona, KY|