LOLMDS: $50,000 Reasons to Smile; Davenport Adds to Record-Setting Season With North/South 100 Win

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UNION, Ky. — official series release —

Jonathan Davenport continued his record-setting season on Saturday night by winning the 33rd annual Sunoco North/South 100 presented by Lucas Oil at Florence Speedway.

In front of a record-breaking crowd, Davenport took home the $50,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series payday. Davenport helmed the K&L Rumley Enterprises, Longhorn Chassis and has recorded over $358,000 in winnings alone so far this season.

Trailing Davenport to the finish line was Scott Bloomquist, a two-time winner of the event who was looking for his first win in the crown-jewel race since 2000.

Mike Marlar charged from 12th to third at the finish followed by Dale McDowell who came from 16th to place fourth. Polesitter Jared Landers was fifth.

“It’s been a lot of hard work to get here, a lot of tough times and it’s paying off. Wow what a trophy,” Davenport said. “This has been a dream season and I hope it continues. This is a new motor; we didn’t even put it on the dyno. Lee Roy Rumley; I just can’t say enough about the horsepower we have. Of course, Kevin Rumley is just an incredibly talented person. This is just great.”

The race saw three different leaders in the first three laps as Davenport, Jimmy Owens, and Jason Jameson swapped the top spot. Owens took command on lap five and built his lead over Davenport. Owens continued to lead as he approached lapped traffic. Owens then got tangled up with a lapped car as he spun in turn two to bring out the caution.

Davenport picked up the lead on lap 17. Bloomquist moved up to second and tried to chase down Davenport through the end of the race. Bloomquist closed to within two car lengths at certain points near the end of the race, but was never close enough to pass Davenport in the waning laps.

The 31-year-old Davenport took the checkers first to become the 21st different winner of the event.

Bloomquist was seeking his first North/South 100 win in 15 years.

“We have to do some more homework,” he said. “He [Davenport] is the guy to beat now. We will work hard again this week and come to Batesville looking to win.”

Marlar had a stirring run in his new Capital Race Cars entry.

“It was good run for us,” Marlar said. “I wish we would have started closer to the front. I don’t know if I had enough for Jonathan and Scott tonight. We are happy with this finish.”

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