Red-Hot Davenport Dominates Friday Night’s Lowes Foods World Finals Action At The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Richards Closes Within Two Points Of Eckert In World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Standings
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
CONCORD, NC – Nov. 4, 2011 – Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., extended his sizzling autumn surge to The Dirt Track at Charlotte with a runaway victory in Friday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main during the fifth annual Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snack, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own.
The 28-year-old star roared off the outside pole to lead from start-to-finish in the caution-free event, which was contested before a huge crowd of over 14,000 fans. He was never seriously challenged en route to a $10,000 triumph that pushed his earnings over the past seven weeks to $65,000.
“This just feels great,” said Davenport, who has won six times since his Barry Wright Race Cars factory team debuted a new house car in late September. “This hot streak has just been a huge confidence booster for myself and the team. We finally got our stuff back on track and now we’re rolling.”
Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., hustled forward from the eighth starting spot to finish second in the K&L Rumley Rocket machine, a distant 5.761 seconds – more than a straightaway – behind Davenport at the checkered flag. He passed Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., for the runner-up spot on lap 27 but couldn’t get close to Davenport.
McDowell settled for third in NASCAR star Clint Bowyer’s Rocket, followed by Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., in a Team Zero by Bloomquist mount and 19-year-old WoO LMS regular Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., who started from the pole position in Dale Beitler’s Rocket.
Two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., finished a quiet sixth, but the run pulled him within two points of York, Pa.’s Rick Eckert in the tour standings. Eckert, who finished 12th, will attempt to hold off Richards for his first-ever World of Outlaws title in Saturday night’s season-ending World Finals program.
Davenport captured the first full-fender event of the Lowes Foods World Finals doubleheader for the second consecutive year. His victory in the 2010 opener marked his first-ever win in WoO LMS competition.
The driver known as ‘Superman’ was flawless in romping to his second career win. He outgunned Hubbard for the lead at the initial green flag and simply dominated a race that took just over 14 minutes to complete.
“Our car was really good,” said Davenport, who registered his fifth top-five finish in 10 WoO LMS A-Main starts this season. “I don’t know of anything I would change. But tires were a big deal too, and I think we had everybody out-tired. We were quite a bit harder than everybody else.”
While Davenport will bid on Saturday night to become the first driver in Lowes Foods World Finals history to sweep both WoO LMS features, he will share the stage with the dramatic battle between Eckert and Richards for the national tour’s $100,000 title. The veteran and accomplished young gun ended Friday’s action separated by just a single position.
Eckert entered Friday’s show with a 14-point advantage on Richards, but it appeared that Richards was in the driver’s seat when he started the A-Main from the fifth spot and Eckert took the green flag from 18th. Richards was unable to gain any ground, however, while Eckert managed to pick up a half-dozen positions without the benefit of a field-tightening caution flag, allowing Eckert to maintain a points lead he has held since early May.
“It would’ve been nice if we had a caution, but that’s the way it goes some nights,” said Eckert, who avoided falling into a tie for the points lead when he reached 12th place with a lap-41 pass of Corning, Calif.’s Tyler Reddick. “My car was good, and I think my tire choice was better than most. As the race went on, we progressively got better.”
Eckert said he will go into Saturday’s deciding program with a no-pressure approach.
“If we tie, (Richards) wins (on the A-Main-wins tie-breaker), so we gotta beat him,” said Eckert, who is seeking his first national title since winning the UDTRA series crown in 2002. “It’s pretty simple, and we’re confident we can do it. We’re as prepared as we can be, so we just have to go out there and give it our best shot.”
Richards, who has come out on top of close points races during the last two World Finals, is also ready to battle it out with Eckert for the championship.
“Whatever happens tomorrow is meant to happen,” said Richards. “We’re gonna race hard not matter what. This might be my last shot at it (he is expected to run fulltime on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012), so hopefully we can win it. I know Eckert really deserves it too, but I’m gonna do everything I can to win it.”
Finishing in positions 7-10 were sixth-starter Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., who moved to fourth on the opening lap but lost several position when he slipped high on lap three and never recovered; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.; Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.; and Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn.
Heat winners were Richards, Davenport, Hubbard, McDowell, Madden and Bloomquist. The B-Mains were captured by Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., and 2011 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis.
The 2011 Lowes Foods World Finals conclude on Saturday night with a tripleheader featuring the WoO LMS, the WoO Sprint Car Series and the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds. Gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and racing is set to begin at 5 p.m.
Saturday night’s World Finals program will be televised live by the SPEED cable network from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight ET.
For more information, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Results of WoO Late Model Series Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Jonathan Davenport/50 $10,000
2. (8) Steve Shaver/50 $5,000
3. (4) Dale McDowell/50 $3,000
4. (3) Chris Madden/50 $2,500
5. (1) Austin Hubbard/50 $2,725
6. (5) Josh Richards/50 $2,350
7. (6) Scott Bloomquist/50 $1,550
8. (9) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,300
9. (10) Vic Coffey/50 $1,750
10. (13) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,150
11. (17) Steve Francis/50 $1,150
12. (18) Rick Eckert/50 $1,550
13. (25) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,600
14. (15) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $900
15. (7) Tyler Reddick/50 $1,350
16. (11) Shane Clanton/49 $1,350
17. (22) Jared Landers/49 $770
18. (20) Mike Marlar/49 $750
19. (14) Chub Frank/49 $1,280
20. (23) Vic Hill/49 $700
21. (29) Clint Smith/49 $550
22. (12) Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin/49 $700
23. (28) Russell King/49 $700
24. (16) Tim Fuller/49 $1,250
25. (19) Morgan Bagley/48 $700
26. (21) Pat Doar/48 $1,500
27. (24) Ron Davies/21 $1,250
28. (27) Gregg Satterlee/14 $700
29. (26) Tim McCreadie/8 $1,350
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 14 Mins., 6.856 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 5.761 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Davenport (1-50)
Provisional Starters: Lanigan, McCreadie (WoO points); C. Smith (WoO emergency provisional); Satterlee, King (track – early entry)
Rookie of the Race: Doar ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Reddick ($500)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Josh Richards, 2. Tyler Reddick, 3. Jimmy Owens, 4. Morgan Bagley, 5. Jared Landers, 6. Will Vaught, 7. Mike Gault, 8. Brian Ledbetter, 9. Luke Roffers, 10. Dale Planck (DNS) Denny Fenton
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Steve Shaver, 3. Chub Frank, 4. Jared Hawkins, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Chris Ferguson, 7. Eric Jacobsen, 8. Tim Allen, 9. Kenny Moreland, 10. Thomas Baker, 11. Tim Dohm
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Austin Hubbard, 2. Dennis Erb Jr., 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Mike Marlar, 5. Clint Smith, 6. Dan Schlieper, 7. John Henderson, 8. Jim O’Hara, 9. Brandon Sheppard, 10. Dane Burns, 11. Jeremy Miller
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Vic Coffey, 3. Tim Fuller, 4. Vic Hill, 5. Eddie Carrier Jr., 6. Johnny Pursley, 7. Doug Drown, 8. Donald Bradsher, 9. Jill George, 10. Jason Feger (DNS) Brian Hubbard
Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Chris Madden, 2. Shane Clanton, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Pat Doar, 5. Chuck Harper, 6. Chris Brown, 7. Darrell Lanigan, 8. John Blankenship, 9. Dan Stone, 10. Chad Hollenbeck, 11. Don Gordon
Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Dennis Franklin, 3. Rick Eckert, 4. Ron Davies, 5. Tim McCreadie, 6. John Lobb, 7. Jeff Smith, 8. Russell King, 9. Brent Dixon, 10. Matt Westfall (DNS) Jay Sessoms
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Morgan Bagley, 2. Jared Landers, 3. Gregg Satterlee, 4. Jared Hawkins, 5. Chris Ferguson, 6. Dale Planck, 7. Luke Roffers, 8. Tim Dohm, 9. Tim Allen, 10. Kenny Moreland, 11. Mike Gault, 12. Brian Ledbetter, 13. Denny Felton, 14. Will Vaught, 15. Eric Jacobsen, 16. Thomas Baker
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Mike Marlar, 2. Vic Hill, 3. Clint Smith, 4. Eddie Carrier Jr., 5. Doug Drown, 6. Jason Feger, 7. Dan Schlieper, 8. Brandon Sheppard, 9. Donald Bradsher, 10. Jill George, 11. John Henderson, 12. Jim O’Hara, 13. Johnny Pursley, 14. Jeremy Miller (DNS) Dane Burns, Brian Hubbard
B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Pat Doar, 2. Ron Davies, 3. Chris Brown, 4. Dan Stone, 5. John Blankenship, 6. Russell King, 7. John Lobb, 8. Brent Dixon, 9. Chuck Harper, 10. Chad Hollenbeck, 11. Matt Westfall, 12. Jeff Smith, 13. Don Gordon (DNS) Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Jay Sessoms
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Ron Davies
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Scott Bloomquist
Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard
Comp Cams (certificate to 10th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Dale Planck/Doug Drown/Pat Doar
JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard
JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Rick Eckert
JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 21st-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Clint Smith
MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Scott Bloomquist
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Jonathan Davenport
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Dennis Erb Jr.
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Tyler Reddick
R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Jonathan Davenport (certificate)
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Jimmy Owens
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jeremy Miller
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Jonathan Davenport
2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Nov. 4 – 31 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Rick Eckert 4346
2. Josh Richards 4344 (-2)
3. Darrell Lanigan 4170 (-176)
4. Tim McCreadie 4076 (-270)
5. Chub Frank 4038 (-308)
6. Shane Clanton 4028 (-318)
7. Austin Hubbard 4024 (-322)
8. Clint Smith 3960 (-386)
9. Vic Coffey 3848 (-498)
10. Tim Fuller 3838 (-508)
11. Pat Doar 3660 (-686)
12. Ron Davies 3560 (-786)
13. John Lobb 3360 (-986)
14. Jill George 2200 (-2146)
15. Jason Feger 1842 (-2504)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.