Davenport Gets 50th LOLMDS Victory

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Jonathan Davenport, shown earlier this season, got his 50th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory Friday at Ponderosa Speedway. (Paul Arch photo)
Jonathan Davenport, shown earlier this season, got his 50th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory Friday at Ponderosa Speedway. (Paul Arch photo)

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. — Jonathan Davenport notched his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Friday night at Ponderosa Speedway.

Davenport, the three-time and reigning series champion, led all the way in winning the 16th annual John Bradshaw Memorial and earning his 50th career LOLMDS win.

Billy Moyer Jr. finished in second to equal his best career LOLMDS finish. Mike Marlar made a late-race charge on the outside to claim third. Zack Dohm came home fourth with Tim McCreadie coming from 12th to place fifth.

Davenport took the lead at the start of the race with Jimmy Owens hot on his heels until the first caution of the race came out with 14 laps scored.

The race then saw a long stretch of green-flag racing as Owens and Moyer Jr. diced it up for second for several laps. A caution with 38 laps scored allowed for a clear track in front of Davenport.

The battle for second saw Moyer clear Owens. Owens faded to sixth with 12 laps remaining. The final caution appeared with four laps to go, setting up a single-file restart. Davenport opened up breathing room as he flashed across the finish line, beating Moyer by 1.3 seconds.

“Man, it’s been a struggle here for sure,” Davenport said. “We have had some really good years. We just try to not let the lows get too low. I’ve got to give this win to my guys. They have been working their tails off. Man, I cherish these wins. I didn’t know when I was going to get another one.”

Moyer stayed in the hunt the entire distance and earned yet another podium finish with the series this year.

“Congrats to Jonathan on the win. We have a new Capital piece that Marshall Green put together,” he said. “I know I say it all the time, but those guys are great to work with. We made some changes after hot laps and it turned our night around. So all-in-all in turned out to be a good night.”

The finish:

Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr., Mike Marlar, Zack Dohm, Tim McCreadie, Tyler Erb, Jimmy Owens, Kyle Strickler, Hudson O’Neal, Kyle Bronson, Tanner English, Josh Richards, Michael Chilton, Jared Hawkins, Devin Moran, Tyler Bruening, Jason Jameson, Earl Pearson Jr., Shane Clanton, David Webb, Dustin Linville, Cameron Marlar, Devin Gilpin, Stormy Scott.