Davenport Charges to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win at East Bay

TAMPA, FL – Defending Series champion Jonathan Davenport came from the fifth starting spot to win Monday Night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at East Bay Raceway Park.  Davenport took the lead on lap 31 from fellow Georgian Shane Clanton and then pulled away for his eighth career win at “The Clay by the Bay.”
Clanton led 29 laps of the 40 lap event and appeared poised to pick up his first ever win at East Bay, but Davenport slid under him with nine laps to go to grab the top spot.  Clanton finished in the runner-up position, with point leader Tim McCreadie coming home in third. Jimmy Owens finished in fourth with Tyler Erb rounding out the top five drivers.
Clanton and Overton had a heated battle for the lead for several laps until Overton slowed on the track after a lap 19 restart that forced Overton from the event. Overton led one lap during the exchange with Clanton as the two fought tooth-and-nail around the 1/3 mile oval.
With Overton out of the race Clanton again showed the way with several drivers nipping at his heels including Owens who moved to second after Overton’s exit. Davenport moved to third and then eventually to second around Owens. Davenport then set his sights on Clanton as has the two crossed the stripe to complete lap 31 Davenport slid down low heading into turn one and slid up in front of Clanton to take the lead.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 49th time in his career Davenport, the 3-time and reigning series champion was relieved to be back in the winner’s circle for the first time since February. “I didn’t really know where to go in the corners of the track tonight. It was so slick in the center I had to wait a long time to take off, because I didn’t think running the ring around the cushion was the way to take off. Drivers kept piling up behind me. I was just trying to keep the car in the right position. It’s been a struggle the last few weeks.”
“We’ve changed everything on this car except for the driver. I hope everybody that watched at home enjoyed the show. I was just patient at first because the track blew off a lot faster than I thought it would. It was fast through all the heat races, then suddenly when they rolled the top in I don’t know whether the tide rolled back out, but it got drier.”
Clanton had his best finish of 2020 with his runner-up finish. “I started to lose my right front tire there in the shine. I got so tight getting into the corner I was having to dip the car hard. I was doing all I could, then I caught the lapped cars and they were in my line and I needed to turn under him, and I missed the bottom. JD got a good run on me and then Owens got a good run on me as well. I tried to get under both of them on the last restart.”
McCreadie was looking for his third series win of the season and came home third maintaining his point lead heading into Tuesday Night’s action at East Bay. “I just made a big mistake going into one. Brandon [Overton] and I were just racing so hard and that is just the way it goes. I slid him going into turn three.  When I went in there I locked the rear end up and it started clunking in high gear. I thought I was going to spin out in front of the field, which made me lose 3 or 4 spots.”
The winner’s Lance Landers Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, Spartan Mowers, Lucas Oil Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Hoosier Tires, VP Fuels, and ASC Warranty.
Completing the top ten were Brian Shirley, Kyle Bronson, Tanner English, Rick Eckert, and Mason Zeigler.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
GEICO East Bay Nationals – presented by Brandon Ford
Monday, May 25th, 2020
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Shane Clanton / 13.966 seconds
Fast Time Group B:  Brandon Overton / 13.871 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):  1. 25-Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[5]; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham[2]; 5. 33J-Jeff Mathews[7]; 6. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 7. 311-Ken Monahan[4]; 8. 91S-Blake Naylor[8]; 9. (DNS) 95-Steven Mathis Jr

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):  1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 4. 111-Steven Roberts[4]; 5. 89-GR Smith[5]; 6. 20B-Todd Brennan[6]; 7. KB0-Kerry King[7]; 8. (DNS) F15-Jeremy Conaway

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]; 3. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[2]; 4. 5W-Mark Whitener[5]; 5. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[6]; 6. 9-Devin Moran[4]; 7. 25W-Allen Weisser[8]; 8. 71-Hudson O’Neal[9]; 9. 6S-Blake Spencer[7]




Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[2]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott[3]; 4. 0E-Rick Eckert[5]; 5. 7-Ross Robinson[6]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[4]; 7. 1V-Vic Hill[7]; 8. 29-Larry Grube[8]

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[3]; 2. 33J-Jeff Mathews[1]; 3. 89-GR Smith[2]; 4. 20B-Todd Brennan[4]; 5. 311-Ken Monahan[5]; 6. KB0-Kerry King[6]; 7. 91S-Blake Naylor[7]; 8. (DNS) F15-Jeremy Conaway; 9. (DNS) 95-Steven Mathis Jr

FAST Shafts 
B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 7-Ross Robinson[2]; 2. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[1]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[3]; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening[4]; 5. 25W-Allen Weisser[5]; 6. 71-Hudson O’Neal[7]; 7. 29-Larry Grube[8]; 8. 1V-Vic Hill[6]; 9. (DNS) 6S-Blake Spencer

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Pos
Start
Car #
Competitor
Hometown
Pay
1
5
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$7,000
2
1
25
Shane Clanton
Zebulon, GA
$3,500
3
3
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$2,500
4
4
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$2,000
5
6
1T
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$1,500
6
11
3S
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$1,400
7
9
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$1,300
8
7
81E
Tanner English
Benton, KY
$1,200
9
16
0E
Rick Eckert
York, PA
$1,150
10
22
9
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$1,100
11
17
21
Billy Moyer Jr
Batesville, AR
$1,050
12
10
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
$1,000
13
14
5W
Mark Whitener
Middleburg, FL
$975
14
18
7
Ross Robinson
Georgetown, DE
$950
15
8
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$925
16
20
1
Earl Pearson Jr
Jacksonville, FL
$900
17
24
16
Tyler Bruening
Decorah, IA
$875
18
19
33J
Jeff Mathews
Brandon, FL
$850
19
21
89
G.R. Smith
Statesville, NC
$825
20
15
111
Steven Roberts
Sylvester, GA
$800
21
23
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$800
22
13
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$800
23
2
76
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$800
24
12
2S
Stormy Scott
Las Cruces, NM
$800

 

Race Statistics
Entrants: 34
Lap Leaders: Shane Clanton (Laps 1 – 11); Brandon Overton (Lap 12); Shane Clanton (Laps 13 – 30); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 31 – 40)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Margin of Victory: 0.806 seconds
Cautions: Shanon Buckingham (Lap 2); Stormy Scott (Lap 8); Debris (Lap 13); Jeff Matthews, Steven Roberts (Lap 19); Shanon Buckingham (Lap 36); Josh Richards (Lap 38)
Series Provisionals: Hudson O’Neal, Tyler Bruening
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Jonathan Davenport, Shane Clanton, Tim McCreadie
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race
: Devin Moran (Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Tim McCreadie
Allstar Performance Most Laps Led: Shane Clanton (29 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Durham (Jonathan Davenport)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Shane Clanton (Lap #2 – 14.322 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Brandon Overton
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Shane Clanton
Time of Race: 32 minutes 23 seconds