Jonathan Davenport remains unstoppable with Topless 100 prelim win

Jonathan Davenport won yet again

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made its preparations to sanction another crown jewel race at the Batesville Motor Speedway in a Friday night preliminary to the 30th annual Comp Cams Topless 100. At the end of the night it was Jonathan Davenport who claimed the winner’s trophy after leading all the way.

The Longhorn Chassis driver from Blairsville, Georgia earned $5,000 for his efforts on the 3/8 mile track located in Locust Grove, Arkansas in a race shown live by and MavTV.

A total of 48 cars were signed in for competition

Qualifying Results:

Group A Results- 1. Jonathan Davenport(14.280), 2. Jimmy Owens, 3. Tyler Erb, 4. Earl Pearson Jr., 5. Brandon Overton

Group B Results- 1. Spencer Hughes(14.569), 2. Garrett Alberson, 3. Tim McCreadie, 4. Cade Dillard, 5. Stormy Scott

Heat 1 Results: 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Mason Oberkramer

Heat 2 Results: 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Brandon Overton, 3. Brandon Sheppard

Heat 3 Results: 1. Tyler Erb, 2. Jared Landers, 3. Daulton Wilson

Heat 4 Results: 1. Spencer Hughes, 2. Cade Dillard, 3. Tyler Stevens

Heat 5 Results: 1. Stormy Scott, 2. Dale McDowell, 3. Garrett Alberson

Heat 6 Results: 1. Tim McCreadie, 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., 3. Billy Moyer Sr.

B-main 1 Finish: 1. Johnny Scott, 2. Garrett Smith, 3. Ross Robinson

B-main 2 Finish: 1. Scott Crigler, 2. Hudson O’Neal, 3. Morgan Bagley

Feature Re-cap: When the 30-lap main event took the green flag it was Davenport who took the early lead with Hughes, Owens, McCreadie and Erb trailing. Hughes kept Davenport in his sights during the early laps as the leaders approached slower traffic. But a lap 8 caution for a flat tire on Wilson’s car would slow the pace onlap 8. 

On the lap 8 restart, the top-3 of Davenport, Hughes and Owens held station while Erb took fourth from McCreadie then closed in to challenge Owens for third. At the same time, Davenport pulled away from Hughes shortly after the green flag.

At the halfway, Davenport’s lead exceeded two seconds as the leader found himself battling slower cars. However, Hughes and Owens would close that gap as Davenport was being held up in traffic. But in the end, Davenport proved to be too strong as he sailed under the checkered flag to score another victory in this historic season.

“We thought the race track might transition like that, but oh man, most of us in the pit area was right,” Davenport said from victory lane. “This race kind of surprised us last year, it never rubbered. Most people can go 100 laps with it like that when it’s not daytime. We’ll have to conserve a little bit, but like there, I just backed the pace way, way up.”

Feature Results: 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Spencer Hughes, 3. Jimmy Owens, 4. Tyler Erb, 5. Tim McCreadie, 6. Earl Pearson Jr., 7. Dale McDowell, 8. Brandon Overton, 9. Ricky Thornton Jr., 10. Garrett Alberson, 11. Stormy Scott, 12. Brandon Sheppard, 13. Jared Landers, 14. Cade Dillard, 15. Billy Moyer Sr., 16. Hudson O’Neal, 17. Mason Oberkramer, 18. Scott Crigler, 19. Tyler Stevens, 20. Garrett Smith, 21. Morgan Bagley, 22. Daulton Wilson, 23. Johnny Scott, 24. Kylan Garner

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