Rumors had been flying around social media and message boards for a couple of days with no actual confirmation that driver Jonathan Davenport was no longer going to drive the Barry Wright Race Cars house car. Finally on Thursday morning the Blairsville, GA driver confirmed on Twitter that he has indeed left the ride he moved to at the beginning of the 2017 season.
Davenport(@TheFast49) tweeted, “One of the toughest weeks of my life I wish @bwracecars the best love u all. Nothin but respect. Goin to drive GR Smith’s car 4 a few weeks.”
He later went on to post, “Different car, engine, team and 2 tracks I’ve never been 2 this weekend. @Rocket_Chassis Cornett Elkins raceway Midway speedway”.
Davenport rejoined Barry Wright Race Cars in a reunion of sorts. The 2015 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion had once driven for the Cowpens, SC chassis builder but had left for a stint with Clint Bowyer Racing and then to hook up with the K&L Rumley Racing team. That association with the Rumley effort led to one of the most successful seasons in Dirt Late Model history in 2015 when the No. 6 Longhorn Chassis won the Lucas Oil title and just about every big race on the schedule.
The 2017 season has not produced the results that some had expected for Davenport and Wright with no Super Late Model victories on their record.
G.R. Smith’s team is based in North Carolina. They use Rocket Chassis and Cornett Race Engines.