JD Fifth at
Raceway 7; Runs Out of Fuel Leading Pittsburgher
6, 2019) The #49 team made their way to Raceway
7 in Conneaut, Ohio and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in
Imperial, Pennsylvania on October 4-5 for a pair of Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series throwdowns. On Friday night in the first-ever
stop by the national touring series to Raceway 7, Jonathan Davenport
won his heat race in preliminary action prior to scoring a strong
fifth place performance in the 50-lapper behind only $12,000 winner
Kyle Bronson, Tim McCreadie, Josh Richards, and Hudson O'Neal.
At PPMS on Saturday evening, a $20,000 top prize was
up for grabs in the 31st edition of the 'Pittsburgher 100.' Jonathan
clicked off the fastest lap in Group B during qualifying and won
his heat race to earn the outside of the front row for the start
of the 100-lap headliner. After leading the first 93 circuits around
the sprawling 1/2-mile speedplant, JD unfortunately brought out
the caution flag on lap 94 when he ran out of fuel. The Blairsville,
Georgia superstar and current LOLMDS point leader was able to return
to the track in time for the restart and was able to salvage a ninth
place effort. Complete results from the doubleheader weekend can
be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Tackles Double Dip in the Hoosier State
22, 2019) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took
the Double L Motorsports team to the Hoosier State for a doubleheader
weekend on September 20-21 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana
and Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana. In the $12,000 to
win weekend lid lifter on Friday night at Kokomo, Jonathan Davenport
placed fourth in his heat race, but was unfortunately caught up
in a wreck during the 50-lap main event that helped lead to a thirteenth
place showing in the attrition-filled contest. At Brownstown on
Saturday evening in the 40th Annual 'Jackson,' which carried a $15,000
paycheck, Jonathan once again finished fourth in his loaded heat
race and had climbed to as high as sixth in the running order early
in the 100-lapper before an unfortunate spin on lap 75 dropped him
to seventeenth in the final finishing order. Complete results from
the double-dip can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Competes in Knoxville Nationals
15, 2019) The #49 team made the trek west to the
Hawkeye State of Iowa from September 12-14 for the 16th edition
of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day
crown jewel event drew 55 competitors to the 1/2-mile, semi-banked
Marion County fairgrounds speedplant and action kicked off with
a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night
in the weekend lid lifter, Jonathan Davenport ran second in his
heat race, but unfortunately hit the wall hard on lap four and was
forced to retire from the 25-lap contest with heavy damage in the
twenty-fourth position. At Knoxville on Friday evening in a similar
show, Jonathan finished fifth in his heat race, won his B-Main,
and later wound up seventeenth in the final finishing order of the
By virtue of racking up the twenty-fourth best point
night, Jonathan earned the rights to the outside of the twelfth
row for the start Saturday's 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' The Blairsville, Georgia ace was able to climb eleven
positions during the course of the $40,000 to win headliner and
Jonathan eventually crossed underneath the checkers in the thirteenth
spot. JD still finds himself on top of the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series point standings with only seven series races remaining
on the schedule. You can read more about each of the three shows
from Knoxville Raceway by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Rules the World for Third Time; Wins $52,000!!!
8, 2019) In a tribute paint scheme to Brewster Baker
from the legendary Six Pack movie, Jonathan Davenport ruled the
'World 100' for the third time on Saturday evening, September 7
at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio! Jonathan placed
second in the first heat race of the night behind prelim winner
Hudson O'Neal and later rolled off starting seventh in the most
prestigious race in the Dirt Late Model industry. The Blairsville,
Georgia superstar, who lost power steering early in the 100-lap
crown jewel contest, manhandled his old-school-looking #49 machine
to the front and grabbed the point from Bobby Pierce on laps 48
and 62. In front of the record crowd at the 1/2-mile, high-banked
speedplant, Jonathan steered past Pierce for good on the 67th circuit
and beat Jimmy Owens, Ricky Weiss, Stormy Scott, and Chris Madden
to the checkered flag to collect the $52,000 winner's check and
the infamous globe trophy!
Earlier in the three-day weekend at the "Big
E," Jonathan was able to capture his sixteenth feature win
of 2019 in Friday's Twin 25 preliminary program! After winning his
heat race, JD led laps 15-25 of his main event to claim the $10,000
payday ahead of Darrell Lanigan, Kyle Bronson, Scott Bloomquist,
and Bobby Pierce. In Thursday's $10,000 to win Twin 25 show, Jonathan
also won his heat race before streaking past six competitors during
the 25-lap sprint to bag a strong runner-up performance behind only
victor Hudson O'Neal. Full results from the 49th edition of the
fabled 'World 100' can be located online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Gets Win #15 of 2019 at PRP!
2, 2019) Jonathan Davenport elevated his 2019 win
total to fifteen on Saturday night, August 31 in the 'Bob Miller
Memorial' at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio! Jonathan
qualified well in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series time trials and
won his heat race in preliminary action to earn the outside of the
front row for the start of the 50-lap main event. JD, who has historically
struggled a bit at the 3/8-mile oval located on the banks of the
Ohio River, was on a rail throughout the 'Bob Miller Memorial,'
as he led each and every circuit en route to capturing the $12,000
winner's check over Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Tyler Erb, and
In other action over the hectic Labor Day holiday
weekend, Jonathan placed third in his heat race on Friday evening
at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky prior to blasting
past a handful of competitors during the 50-lapper on his way to
a strong third place podium effort behind only $12,000 victor Tim
McCreadie and runner-up Tanner English. On Sunday in the annual
'Hillbilly Hundred' at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West
Virginia, the Blairsville, Georgia star and current LOLMDS point
leader won his heat race and was gunning for the $30,000 top prize
in the 100-lap headliner before winding up sixth at the checkered
flag behind only winner Josh Richards, Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie,
Shanon Buckingham, and Jimmy Owens. Complete results from the Labor
Day weekend triple shot can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Kicks Off Dirt Million with $10,000 Victory!
24, 2019) The 2nd edition of the 'Dirt Million'
wrapped up tonight at Mansfield Motor Speedway and a whopping $101,626
winner's check was on the line in the grand finale at the Mansfield,
Ohio oval. Jonathan Davenport won the dash to earn the pole position
for the 100-lap crown jewel main event. The current Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series point leader then led the first 29 circuits and
stayed inside of the top five throughout much of the extra-distance
affair. At the checkers; however, JD had slipped back to a seventh
place outing in the 'Dirt Million,' which earned him $8,808 in prize
money out of the lucrative purse.
(August 23, 2019) A
similar show was held at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield,
Ohio tonight, as Jonathan Davenport competed in another $10,000
to win duel during the 2nd Annual 'Dirt Million.' JD ran second
in heat race action and later drew the fifth starting spot in the
30-lap main event. "Superman" was then able to power past
one competitor during the headliner to wind up fourth in the final
finishing order behind only victor Mike Marlar, Chase Junghans,
and Michael Norris.
22, 2019) Jonathan Davenport recorded his fourteenth
victory of the 2019 campaign earlier tonight in the 2nd Annual 'Dirt
Million' opener at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio!
Jonathan went from third to first on the last lap of his heat race
to bring home the exciting win and promptly drew the third starting
spot for the 30-lap preliminary feature. The Blairsville, Georgia
standout then slid ahead of early leader Mike Marlar on the fifth
circuit to grab the point - a lead he would never relinquish. JD
went on to capture the $10,000 top prize in 'Dirt Million' duel
two over Chase Junghans, Bobby Pierce, Ricky Weiss, and Marlar!
JD on Podium
in Batesville Prelim; Sixth in Topless 100
18, 2019) Another crown jewel event was on tap from
August 15-17, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again
presided over the 27th Annual 'Topless 100' at Batesville Motor
Speedway. The action at the Locust Grove, Arkansas facility kicked
off with a pair of $5,000 to win preliminary programs. In the roofless
opener on Thursday evening, Jonathan Davenport won his heat race
prior to winding up fifth in the 30-lap main event behind only victor
Chris Madden, Brandon Overton, Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Owens.
At BMS on Friday night in a similar battle, Jonathan placed second
in his loaded heat race and later blasted past a handful of competitors
during the 30-lapper to land on the podium in third behind only
race winner Scott Bloomquist and runner-up Chris Madden.
After amassing the third most points during the two prelims, JD
rolled off from the inside of the second row in Saturday's 100-lap
headliner. With his sole focus set on capturing his first 'Topless
100' title and the whopping $40,000 paycheck, Jonathan unfortunately
slipped back to ninth in the running order before the halfway mark
before making a late race charge to sixth. At the checkers, the
current LOLMDS point leader found himself right outside of the top
five trailing only Chris Madden, Brandon Overton, Scott Bloomquist,
Josh Richards, and Shannon Babb. Full results from the long weekend
in Batesville can be located by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Climbs to Seventh in North/South Shootout
11, 2019) Following a couple of idle weekends on
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule, the popular national
touring series took the #49 team to Florence Speedway from August
8-10 for the 37th edition of the 'North/South 100.' The three-day
extended weekend in Union, Kentucky drew 53 entrants to the 1/2-mile
speedplant to do battle in the crown jewel extravaganza. On Thursday
night in the $10,000 to win 'North/South Shootout,' Jonathan Davenport
ran second in his loaded heat race prior to passing five competitors
during the 50-lap main event en route to a solid seventh place feature
At Florence on Friday evening in the double set of qualifying heat
races, Jonathan ran second in his first heat race of the night and
third in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the seventh most
passing points, the Blairsville, Georgia superstar earned the rights
to the inside of the fourth row for the start of Saturday's $50,000
to win 'North/South 100.' The current LOLMDS point leader then ran
as high as sixth in the early stages of the 100-lapper before eventually
slipping back to a fourteenth place effort in one of the sport's
biggest races. Full results from the entire weekend in the Commonwealth
of Kentucky can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Up in Heat Wreck During USA Nationals...
3, 2019) Following his $6,000 World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series win last night at Cedar Lake Speedway,
Jonathan Davenport returned to action at the New Richmond, Wisconsin
facility on Friday night, August 2, as a double set of heat races
with passing points helped set the stage for Saturday's $50,000
to win 'USA Nationals.' Jonathan advanced three spots in his first
heat race of the evening to finish third, but was later caught up
in a hard wreck in his final prelim that badly damaged the rear
clip of his #49 ride and relegated him to an eighth place showing.
The Double L Motorsports team then opted to leave the Badger State
without competing in Saturday's portion of the 'USA Nationals' and
will instead return back to Longhorn Chassis in North Carolina to
fix the car in preparation for next weekend's big 'North/South 100'
weekend at Florence (KY) Speedway. Full results from Cedar Lake
can be obtained online at www.woolms.com.
Nets Lucky #13 Last Night in Cedar Lake Prelim!
2, 2019) Jonathan Davenport, of Blairsville, Georgia,
got lucky win #13 of the 2019 season last evening, August 1 in the
opening night of the 32nd Annual 'USA Nationals' at the renowned
Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin! Jonathan was quick
right out of his repaired trailer, as he stopped the clock second
fastest in Group A during World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late
Model Series qualifying prior to securing a heat race triumph. JD
then started the 30-lap preliminary feature from the outside of
the front row and kept the talented field at bay throughout the
contest to capture the $6,000 top prize over Brian Birkhofer, Tyler
Bruening, Tim McCreadie, and Dale McDowell! Full results from CLS
can be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.woolms.com.
(Jacy Norgaard Photo)
Zeigler's #25 During Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend
28, 2019) Next up on the racing calendar for Jonathan
Davenport was a visit to Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury,
Illinois on July 26-27 for the 30th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt
Classic,' which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws
Morton Buildings Late Model Series. A total of 72 cars converged
at FALS over the weekend for the mega-event that boasted a $30,000
winner's check. On Friday night, Jonathan - wheeling a Mason Zeigler
back-up car due to hauler problems - advanced to sixth in his $2,500
to win qualifying feature event. JD was then battling hard for a
coveted transfer spot through Saturday's consolation race, but problems
late in the distance dropped the Blairsville, Georgia standout to
fourteenth and kept him out of the 100-lap 'Prairie Dirt Classic.'
Complete results from the action-packed weekend at the 1/4-mile
bullring can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Soldiers to Sixth Place Silver Dollar Nat'ls Showing
21, 2019) Following the win in the weekend lid lifter
at I-80 Speedway, the #49 team eyed their second straight 'Silver
Dollar Nationals' triumph on July 19-20 in the blistering heat at
the Cornhusker State speedplant. In the double heat races on Friday
night, Jonathan Davenport picked up the victory in his first heat
race, while he advanced up to sixth in his second and final prelim
of the evening. By virtue of racking up the twelfth most passing
points in preliminary action, Jonathan earned the rights to the
outside of the sixth row for the start of Saturday's 80-lap weekend
headliner. With 53,000 reasons to get up on the wheel in the 'Silver
Dollar Nationals,' he quickly blitzed up to the second spot by lap
21, but unfortunately his Longhorn Chassis sustained right front
damage after a bout with the cushion on the 25th circuit. Jonathan
- despite the aerodynamic disadvantage from losing his right front
fender - was able to soldier on for the remainder of the crown jewel
event to salvage a sixth place showing behind only race winner Bobby
Pierce, Chris Madden, Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, and Dale
McDowell. Full results can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Dashes to $12,000 Go 50 Triumph!
19, 2019) "Superman" Jonathan Davenport
and the Double L Motorsports team celebrated in victory lane for
the twelfth time in 2019 on Thursday night, July 18 in the 'Malvern
Bank Go 50' at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, which officially
kicked off the 9th edition of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals!' Jonathan
earned Fast Time honors during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
qualifying session prior to placing third in his stacked heat race
behind only prelim winner Tyler Bruening and runner-up Tim McCreadie.
After starting the 50-lap feature from the inside of the fifth row,
JD stormed to the front and passed leader Brandon Sheppard for the
point on the 34th circuit. The Blairsville, Georgia superstar then
led the remainder of the 'Malvern Bank Go 50' to capture the $12,000
top prize over Sheppard, Devin Moran, Mason Zeigler, and Shannon
Babb! Full results from last night in the Cornhusker State can be
viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Steers to Aberdeen Top Five; Rain at Jackson
17, 2019) Prior to tonight's washout at Jackson
Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota, the Double L Motorsports team found
themselves in the pit area at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen,
South Dakota on Tuesday night, July 16 for another round of Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition. Jonathan Davenport ran second
in his loaded heat race and later started the $10,000 to win main
event from the outside of the second row. JD was then a fixture
towards the front throughout the 50-lapper and eventually brought
home a strong fifth place showing behind only victor Josh Richards,
Tim McCreadie, Stormy Scott, and Brandon Sheppard. Full results
from last night at Aberdeen can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Out Weekend with $15,000 Diamond Nationals Win!
15, 2019) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point
leader Jonathan Davenport closed out a four-race extended weekend
in winning fashion on Sunday, July 14 in the 'CMH Diamond Nationals'
finale at the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland,
Missouri! Jonathan earned Fast Time honors during qualifying, won
his heat race in preliminary action, and later led laps 11-60 of
the headliner to bag the $15,000 top prize. JD bested Mike Marlar,
Shanon Buckingham, Tim McCreadie, and Billy Moyer to elevate his
2019 win total to eleven!
At Wheatland on Saturday evening in the 'CMH Diamond
Nationals' opener, Jonathan grabbed the fourth transfer spot through
his stacked heat race and later steered past eight competitors during
the $15,000 to win main event to place fifth in the final finishing
order behind only victor Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mike Marlar,
and Scott Bloomquist. Earlier in the four-race weekend at Tri-City
Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, Jonathan won his heat race on
Friday night before nosepiece issues in the $12,000 to win A-Main
helped relegate him to a sixteenth place effort, while the Blairsville,
Georgia ace ran seventh in his heat race, won his B-Main, and wound
up eighteenth in the final rundown of Thursday's $12,000 to win
feature after making hard contact with the wall on lap 41. Complete
results from each contest can be found online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Fifth at PRP; Ninth at Tyler Co. in Rainy Weekend
7, 2019) A hectic four-race stretch over the extended
Independence Day holiday weekend (July 3-6) with the Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series was shortened to only two events due to the wrath
of Mother Nature. However, a pair of $12,000 to win contests were
held at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio and Tyler County
Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia and series point leader
Jonathan Davenport and the Double L Motorsports team were in the
pit area at both venues. On Thursday night at PRP, Jonathan ran
second in his heat race prior to rolling off from the inside of
the fourth row in the 50-lap headliner. The Blairsville, Georgia
star wound up driving up inside of the top five to place fifth in
the final rundown behind only victor Mike Marlar, Josh Richards,
Jimmy Owens, and Hudson O'Neal.
At Tyler County on Friday evening, another $12,000
top prize was on the line in the 25th edition of the 'Topless 50.'
Jonathan once again placed second in heat race action and later
started the 50-lapper from the inside of the fourth row. The popular
driver known as "Superman" raced hard all over the top
ten throughout the feature distance before settling for a ninth
place effort in the Mountaineer State. Full results from both weekend
shows can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Strolls to Ralph Latham Memorial Win!
30, 2019) A night after posting his first DNF on
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series campaign and a disappointing
twenty-second place effort on Friday evening, June 28 at Tazewell
Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee, Jonathan Davenport rebounded in
a big way on Saturday, June 29 by emerging victorious in the 33rd
edition of the 'Ralph Latham Memorial' at the venerable Florence
Speedway in Union, Kentucky! Jonathan clicked off the fastest lap
in Group B during the qualifying session before securing a heat
race triumph at the Cincinnati-area venue. JD then started the 50-lap
headliner from the outside of the front row and led each circuit
of the caution-free contest to pocket the $12,000 winner's check
for his tenth overall win in 2019. The Blairsville, Georgia standout
bested Jimmy Owens, Hudson O'Neal, Josh Richards, and Mike Marlar
to stretch back out his current LOLMDS point lead! Full results
from the doubleheader weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Climbs to Fourth in $30,000 Firecracker 100!
23, 2019) The #49 team headed to the Keystone State
on June 21-22 for the 13th edition of the 'Firecracker 100' at the
storied Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. The World
of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series marquee event drew
a stout 46 car field and things kicked off at the 4/10-mile oval
on Friday night with a $6,000 to win preliminary event. Jonathan
Davenport ran third in his heat race, but a flat right rear tire
helped relegate him to fifteenth in the final finishing order of
the 30-lap opener. On Saturday evening in the $30,000 to win 'Firecracker
100,' JD placed second in his stacked heat race and jumped up inside
of the top five in the 100-lap headliner before winding up fourth
behind only victor Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, and Brandon Sheppard!
Complete results from Lernerville Speedway can be accessed online
Steers to Top Fives in Southeast
16, 2019) The Double L Motorsports team tackled
a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tilts in the Southeast
from June 13-15, as they invaded Fayetteville Motor Speedway in
Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South
Carolina, and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. On
Thursday night at the rugged Fayetteville oval, Jonathan Davenport
ran second in his heat race, led laps 13-30 of the $10,000 to win
feature event, and eventually landed in the fifth finishing position
behind only winner Kyle Bronson, Brandon Overton, Tyler Erb, and
Hudson O'Neal. At Cherokee on Friday evening in the $12,000 to win
'Grassy Smith Memorial,' Jonathan won his heat race and advanced
up to second late in the 50-lap distance to secure an impressive
runner-up performance behind only victor Mike Marlar. In the weekend
finale on Saturday at Smoky Mountain, which boasted a $15,000 payday,
the current LOLMDS point leader finished second in heat race action
before slipping back to tenth in the final finishing order of the
'Big Daddy 60.' Complete results from all three weekend races can
be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Dazzles in Dirt Late Model Dream Prelim!
9, 2019) "Superman" Jonathan Davenport
continued his stellar 2019 campaign over the June 6-8 weekend at
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio by capturing a 'Dirt Late Model
Dream' Twin 25 victory to raise his win total to nine on the season!
On Thursday night, Jonathan won his heat race in preliminary action
prior to leading the first 24 circuits in the main event before
a last-lap pass by eventual winner Darrell Lanigan forced him to
settle for a close runner-up performance in the $10,000 to win weekend
opener. At the "Big E" on Friday evening, JD placed second
in his heat race, but later grabbed the point on lap two of the
25-lap sprint and drove off from the stacked field to lay claim
to the $10,000 top prize ahead of Kent Robinson, Ricky Weiss, Darrell
Lanigan, and Jimmy Owens!
When Saturday rolled around at the hallowed 1/2-mile
speedplant, all eyes in the pit area were solely fixated on capturing
the whopping $125,000 payday in the 25th running of the 'Dirt Late
Model Dream.' Jonathan streaked to a heat race triumph, which enabled
him to start sixth on the grid in the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza.
The Blairsville, Georgia superstar then looked as if he had the
car to beat in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream' by blasting up to second
early in the distance and racing Kyle Strickler for the lead shortly
after the quarter-mark of the contest. Unfortunately, contact between
the two leaders on lap 28 resulted in a bent tie-rod for the #49,
which ultimately caused Jonathan to retire in the twenty-third finishing
position. Complete results from the action-packed weekend at Eldora
can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Rick Neff Photo)