Sixth in $20,000 Turkey 100 at Swainsboro
26, 2017) Next up on the racing calendar for Jonathan
Davenport and the #49 Paylor Motorsports team was a visit to Swainsboro
Raceway in Swainsboro, Georgia on November 24-25 for the annual
running of the 'Turkey 100.' A stout field of 41 competitors signed
into the pit area at the Peach State facility to vie for the hefty
$20,000 paycheck in the Crate Late Model biggie. On Friday night
during preliminary action, Jonathan laid claim to the third quickest
lap in his group during time trials before grabbing the third and
final transfer spot through his stacked heat race. With passing
at a premium throughout Saturday's 100-lap grind, JD moved up four
spots and walked away with a solid sixth place performance behind
only winner Chesley Dixon, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Kyle Bronson, Jimmy
Thomas, and Brett Hamm. Full results from the 'Turkey 100' weekend
can be accessed by clicking on www.swainsbororaceway.com.
Drops Davenport to Tenth in Blue-Gray 100
20, 2017) Jonathan Davenport and Donald Bradsher's
team hooked up once again on Sunday, November 19 for the annual
running of the 'Blue-Gray 100' at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney,
South Carolina. Jonathan posted the sixth fastest lap overall in
Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series qualifying prior to taking
the win in his stacked heat race. After starting third on the grid
in the $15,000 to win headliner, JD was in the second position with
around thirty circuits remaining in the 100-lapper when he unfortunately
suffered a flat right front tire. The Blairsville, Georgia standout
was forced to pit for new rubber and returned to the speedplant
to salvage a tenth place effort in the 'Blue-Gray 100.' Full results
from Cherokee can be viewed online at www.carolinaclash.com.
Competes in National 100 at Rugged EAMS...
13, 2017) Next up on the racing calendar for "Superman"
Jonathan Davenport was the 43rd edition of the 'National 100' at
East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama on November
10-12. In Friday's $5,000 to win Super Late Model opener, which
spilled over to Saturday afternoon due to rough track conditions,
Jonathan started at the tail end of the 43-lap feature and vaulted
all the way up to third before battery issues caused him to slide
back to tenth at the checkers.
On Saturday evening in another $5,000 to win prelim,
JD timed in second quickest in his group during time trials prior
to knocking down a strong fourth place performance in the 43-lapper
behind only victor Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, and Chris Madden.
After a lengthy rain delay on Sunday night leading up to the $20,000
to win 'National 100,' the Blairsville, Georgia ace opted to save
Donald Bradsher's equipment and only completed one lap to wind up
twenty-fourth in the final finishing order of the 100-lap finale,
which saw only six cars finish the rugged race. Full results from
EAMS can be viewed online at www.eamsdirt.com.
Double L Motorsports
and Davenport Launch New Website!!
12, 2017) "Superman" Jonathan Davenport
and Double L Motorsports, who announced their 2018 plans together
last weekend during the 'World Finals' at the Dirt Track at Charlotte,
would like to welcome you to the all-new www.JonathanDavenport.net!
The website - designed by Delph Communications, is dedicated to
the newly-formed #49 team, which is owned by Lance Landers of Batesville,
Arkansas. Jonathan will steer a potent Longhorn Chassis next year
with primary sponsorship from Crop Production Services and will
tackle the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with
the hopes of capturing his second national touring series Championship.
Keep visiting www.JonathanDavenport.net throughout the year for
the latest news, information, schedule dates, merchandise, and so
much more! (DirtonDirt.com
Climbs to Sixth in World Finals Finale at Charlotte
5, 2017) Jonathan Davenport and Donald Bradsher's
team loaded up and hit the road on November 2-4 for the 11th Annual
'World Finals' at the state-of-the-art Dirt Track at Charlotte in
Concord, North Carolina. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series sanctioned their final two races of the 2017 season at the
4/10-mile speedplant over the weekend and 75 competitors piled into
the pit area to vie for the pair of $12,000 top prizes. On Thursday
evening in the two rounds of qualifying, Jonathan knocked down the
thirteenth fastest time in Group A during the first session and
the eighteenth quickest lap in Group A in the final session.
At the Charlotte-area facility on Friday night, Jonathan finished
fourth in his loaded heat race and won his B-Main, but later suffered
from engine trouble in the 50-lap headliner, which dropped him to
thirty-first in the final finishing order. In Saturday's weekend
finale, JD - who earlier in the day unveiled his 2018 ride with
owner Lance Landers - grabbed the third and final transfer spot
through his heat race before advancing all the way up to sixth in
the 50-lapper. Complete results from the ultra-busy 'World Finals,'
which was contested in front of standing-room-only crowds, can be
located online by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Bags World Short Track Championship!
29, 2017) Aboard a #6 Longhorn racecar for Revolution
Racing, Jonathan Davenport racked up his seventh feature triumph
of 2017 on October 27-28 in the 'World Short Track Championship'
at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina!
On Friday, Jonathan timed in twenty-ninth fastest overall of the
66 entrants and later blasted from fifth to score a victory in his
heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the third row in
Saturday's 30-lap Crate Late Model feature event, JD assumed the
point on the nineteenth circuit and drove to the $4,000 windfall
ahead of Kyle Bronson, Max Blair, Benji Hicks, and Brett Hamm! Full
results from this weekend in the Charlotte-area can be accessed
online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Leads Early; Finishes on Podium in DTWC!
22, 2017) Jonathan Davenport unveiled the special
#F1 Flintstone Flyer throwback paint scheme - in a tribute to Mike
Duvall - on October 20-21 in the 37th edition of the 'Dirt Track
World Championship' at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio!
The $100,000 to win crown jewel event, which also marked the final
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series program of 2017, drew 72 entrants
to the southern Ohio facility located on the banks of the Ohio River.
On Friday night, Jonathan advanced up to second in his first heat
race of the evening and later scored a victory in his final prelim.
By virtue of racking up the most passing points, JD started Saturday's
100-lap headliner from the pole position. After leading the first
thirty-four circuits, the Blairsville, Georgia hotshoe eventually
recorded an impressive third place podium performance behind only
victor Josh Richards and runner-up Brandon Sheppard! Full results
from the DTWC can be obtained online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Victorious in Exciting Fashion at 311!
8, 2017) "Superman" Jonathan Davenport
amassed his sixth feature win of the 2017 campaign on Friday evening,
October 6 at 311 Motor Speedway in Pine Hall, North Carolina! Jonathan
clicked off the second fastest lap in Ultimate Super Late Model
Series qualifying to earn the outside of the front row for the start
of the 40-lap feature event. JD then overtook leader Ross Bailes
with only two laps remaining in the headliner to score the $4,000
winner's check ahead of Bailes, Kyle Hardy, Tyler Millwood, and
Dennis Franklin! Saturday's $7,500 to win Ultimate battle at Dublin
Motor Speedway in Dublin, North Carolina was then unfortunately
washed out and rescheduled. Full results from Friday's exciting
race can be accessed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Leads Majority of Cotton Pickin' 100; Finishes Third
24, 2017) Jonathan Davenport and the #49 team tackled
the annual 'Cotton Pickin 100' on September 22-23 at Magnolia Motor
Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi, as a $20,000 paycheck was on
the line in the unsanctioned special. On Friday evening during preliminary
action, Jonathan knocked down the third quickest lap in Group A
during the qualifying session prior to scoring the victory in his
loaded heat race. After starting Saturday's 100-lapper from the
pole position, Jonathan led the majority of the extra-distance affair
before losing the point on a lap 73 restart. JD eventually wound
up sliding back to third in the final finishing order of the 'Cotton
Pickin 100' behind only victor Brandon Overton and runner-up Mike
Marlar. Complete results from this past weekend at "The Mag"
can be accessed online at www.magnoliadirt.com.
JD Leads Early;
Rebounds for Runner-Up in Knoxville Nat'ls!
17, 2017) The #49 team had another crown jewel event
on their racing calendar from September 14-16 at Knoxville Raceway
in Knoxville, Iowa, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once
again sanctioned the 14th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' A 56 car field assembled at the 1/2-mile Marion County
Fairgrounds speedplant and things kicked off with a pair of $7,000
to win preliminary events. On Thursday evening, Jonathan Davenport
laid down the quickest lap in Group A during qualifying, won his
heat race, and later placed third in the 25-lap sprint behind only
winner Josh Richards and runner-up Jared Landers. At Knoxville on
Friday night, Jonathan ran fifth in his loaded heat race, but unfortunately
suffered rear-end issues on his XR1 Rocket in the B-Main and was
unable to transfer into the 25-lapper.
By virtue of accumulating the second best point total during the
prelims, JD rolled off from the outside of the front row in Saturday's
100-lap grand finale. The Blairsville, Georgia star led the first
seventeen circuits and was in the second position during the halfway
fuel stop. Unfortunately, his right front tire went flat during
the red flag and he was forced to get new rubber and restart at
the tail of the talented field. Jonathan then rallied back through
the field - eventually storming up to second after a late race restart
to garner an impressive runner-up performance behind only $40,000
victor Mike Marlar! Full results from the 'Lucas Oil Late Model
Knoxville Nationals' weekend can be found by pointing your web browser
Wires World 100 Field for Second Globe Trophy!!!
10, 2017) Jonathan Davenport wheeled G.R. Smith's
Rocket XR1 entry to his second 'World 100' triumph on Saturday evening,
September 9 at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio! In front
of the largest crowd ever assembled at the storied Darke County
facility, Jonathan won his heat race earlier in the night and later
started the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza from the inside of
the second row. JD then blasted to the lead on the first circuit
and wired the stellar field to bag the gargantuan $50,000 top prize
over Gregg Satterlee, Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell, and Darrell Lanigan.
The Blairsville, Georgia superstar now has a second globe trophy
in his possession to go with the one he won in 2015!
Earlier in the hectic weekend at the "Big E,"
the #49 team competed in Twin 25 programs on Thursday and Friday,
as $10,000 winner's checks were on the line. On Thursday night,
Jonathan qualified seventeenth quickest in UMP time trials and won
his heat race in preliminary action prior to leading the first seventeen
circuits of the 25-lapper and finishing second behind only victor
Darrell Lanigan. At the hallowed 1/2-mile oval on Friday, Jonathan
earned Fast Time honors of the 104 competitors during qualifying
before running fifth in his loaded heat race and winning his B-Main.
"Superman" then vaulted past thirteen competitors during
the 25-lap sprint to garner a solid eighth place performance. Complete
results from the 47th edition of the 'World 100' can be accessed
online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Gets First Hillbilly Hundred Title!!!
4, 2017) Blairsville, Georgia standout Jonathan
Davenport picked up his first career 'Hillbilly Hundred' triumph
on Sunday evening, September 3 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne,
West Virginia! Aboard G.R. Smith's Rocket XR1 machine once again,
Jonathan stopped the clock second fastest in Group B during Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying and later scored a victory
in his loaded heat race. After rolling off fourth in the 100-lap
feature event, JD scooted past race-long leader Jimmy Owens on the
83rd circuit and held off Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal,
and Josh Richards to bag the hefty $25,000 windfall! Complete results
from last night's 'Hillbilly Hundred' can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Fifth at Granite City; Ninth in Whiskey City 60
27, 2017) Jonathan Davenport and G.R. Smith's team
traveled to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and Lawrenceburg
Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on August 25-26 for a pair of
special events. On Friday night at Granite City in a $5,000 to win
MARS Dirt Car Series West division race, Jonathan earned Fast Time
honors in qualifying, won his heat race, and later wound up fifth
after hitting a utility tire in the main event. JD trailed only
victor Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, and Tim Manville
after forty green flag circuits. At Lawrenceburg on Saturday evening
in the $12,000 to win 'Whiskey City 60,' the Blairsville, Georgia
star timed in fourth fastest in Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series qualifying, placed third in his loaded heat race, and
eventually advanced to ninth in the 60-lap headliner in the Hoosier
State. Full results from both dirt venues can be accessed online
Succumbs to Rear End Issues in Scorcher...
18, 2017) "Superman" Jonathan Davenport
was back behind the wheel of G.R. Smith's #49 XR1 Rocket machine
on Thursday evening, August 17 at the ultra-fast Volunteer Speedway
in Bulls Gap, Tennessee for the 13th edition of the 'Scorcher.'
The Ultimate Super Late Model Series sanctioned the single day showdown
in the Volunteer State and 30 competitors signed in at "The
Gap" to vie for the $10,000 winner's check. Jonathan timed
in fifth fastest in his group during qualifying and ran sixth in
his heat race prior to scoring the victory in his B-Main. After
starting the 50-lap main event from the inside of the ninth row,
JD unfortunately was forced to retire from rear-end issues after
only twenty-two circuits and was relegated to seventeenth at the
pay window. Full results from last night at Volunteer Speedway can
be viewed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Climbs Inside Top Ten in $50k North/South 100
13, 2017) Jonathan Davenport and the #49 team drove
through the pit gate at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union,
Kentucky on August 10-12 for a pair of lucrative Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series showdowns. Things started at the undersized 1/2-mile
speedplant on Thursday evening with the 'North/South Shootout,'
which paid $10,000 to the winner. Jonathan timed in twenty-second
fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to running
sixth in both his stacked heat race and his B-Main. JD unfortunately
was unable to transfer into the 50-lap feature event, which was
eventually won by Jimmy Owens.
On Friday night, preliminary action for the 35th Annual 'North/South
100' kicked off at the Cincinnati-area venue with a double set of
qualifying heat races. Jonathan won his first heat race of the evening
before finishing sixth in his final prelim. By virtue of accumulating
the fifteenth most passing points, the Blairsville, Georgia star
rolled off from the inside of the eighth row in Saturday's $50,000
to win headliner. Jonathan then quickly blasted up inside of the
top ten, but a run-in with another competitor caused front end damage
and he eventually settled for a solid ninth place performance in
the 100-lap grind. Complete results from the crown jewel show can
be viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Pair of Wins in G.R. Smith's Ride!
7, 2017) Jonathan Davenport went two-for-two in
the win column on August 5-6 behind the wheel of G.R. Smith's #49
XR1 Rocket racecar in special events in West Virginia and Pennsylvania!
On Saturday night at Elkins Raceway in Kerens, West Virginia, Jonathan
won his heat race in preliminary action and later started the annual
'Red Frederick Memorial' from the outside of the front row. After
leading all 52 circuits in the unsanctioned headliner, JD and Smith's
team celebrated the $5,200 victory over Russell Erwin, Shane Hitt,
Mason Zeigler, and Billy Holbert!
The 'Jim Dunn Memorial' at Midway (OH) Speedway was
washed out early in the day on Sunday, so the team hustled to Dog
Hollow Speedway in Strongstown, Pennsylvania for the 'Shawn McGarvey
Memorial.' Problems with the liftgate on the transporter forced
Jonathan to miss his heat race, but he later transferred from the
tail of his B-Main into the 45-lap feature event. The Blairsville,
Georgia star then rolled off twenty-first on the grid in the unsanctioned
race and blitzed through the field to grab the top spot on the 25th
circuit. Jonathan then beat Kyle Hardy, Michael Lake, Alex Ferree,
and Robbie Black to the finish line to bag the $4,000 windfall.
Full results from both weekend shows can be accessed online at www.elkinsraceway.net
(Tommy Michaels Photo)