Each of the four drivers eligible to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series title in the Dirt Track World Championship at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on the weekend of October 20-21 will be profiled here on this site in the days leading up to the $100,000-to-win event.
The series championship will pay $200,0000 to the winner with second place receiving $150,000 while third and fourth will take home $125,000 and $100,000 respectively. The driver who finishes highest in the running order on Saturday night among Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal and Ricky Thornton Jr. will be crowned as the champion.
Driver: Jonathan Davenport
Team: Lance Landers Motorsports
Season Statistics: Davenport was 3rd in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings following the Pittsburgher at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway with 7 series wins along with 29 top-5s and 40 top-10s. Overall, ‘The Fast 49’ scored a total of 13 wins including the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway and an SRX win at Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway.
He Can Be Considered a Favorite Because: Davenport is a master at Eldora Speedway having won the prestigious World 100 five times and the Dirt Late Model Dream twice. He also has a tendency to come up big in the highest paying races as was shown in 2022 when he won the Eldora Million. He has also triumphed in other crown jewel events such as the North-South 100, USA Nationals, Silver Dollar Nationals, the Knoxville Late Model Nationals and the Topless 100.
Davenport was the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion in 2015, 2018 & 2019.
Quote: “We feel like we’re just as good as anybody there. That place is a little different and it takes more technique and thinking rather than just a fast car but you’ve still got to have all three. It’s going to be a totally different weekend. We’re going to approach it just like we would a Dream or a World but there’s not as many stipulations and inverts and things throughout the weekend. It’s more of a just go race deal than a whole event.”
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