GIBSONTON, Fla. – Jonathan Davenport took the lead from Tyler Erb on lap 38 and led the rest of the way to score his second win of the Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil on Friday night.
Erb entered the event with two wins during the week and bolted to the lead at the start of the 50-lap main event. He held the lead until Davenport forged ahead with twelve laps remaining, and the two-time series champion never looked back after that.
Erb’s Best Performance Motorsports Rocket crossed the stripe in second, followed by Earl Pearson Jr. in the Lucas Oil Products Black Diamond entry.
Completing the top five were Scott Bloomquist and Devin Moran.
Davenport made his way to victory lane for the 38th time in his Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series career Friday night, joined by his son Blane.
“I just want to thank all of the fans for coming out tonight. Knowing that tonight was a point race, we really wanted to put on a good show,” noted Davenport. “We have had a really good car here the last three nights. When I turned under Erb to get the lead, he left me some room there where there was some brown on the race track. Congrats to him [Erb] and Earl [Pearson] for both putting on a good run tonight as well.
“We have such a great race team,” Davenport added. “Thanks to Lance Landers for putting this together. Thanks to my crew, because Jason, Tyler and Lance do such a great job. Gavin [Landers] is here this week and Brewster back at the t-shirt trailer. The track has been racy all week. This is what we love doing. We come down here to compete and mix it up with everybody, and you never know who is going to win.”
Erb came up just shy of grabbing his third win in a five-day span and fourth of the young season.
“It was crazy when the bottom kind of died there,” said Erb. “The top got faster in one and two. I just went up top and out of a lucky chance I could run there. We got to three-wide for the lead and that’s when JD (Davenport) got by me. Congratulations to him and his team; they had a great car and Earl (Pearson) did too. We will take second tonight … another podium finish for the team, and we will come back tomorrow night.”
Pearson was runner-up to Hudson O’Neal on Thursday night and took third behind Davenport and Erb Friday night.
“This is all for the guys here who have worked their tails off during the winter,” said Pearson. “We went to Arizona to try some stuff out there. My Black Diamond Chassis has been really good since we have come down here. It has been a very good week for us, and we will keep digging.”
Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jason Jameson, Mike Benedum, Jeff Mathews, Hudson O’Neal, Josh Richards, Justin Williams, Devin Dixon, Austin Hubbard, Jimmy Owens, Ryan King, Austin Rettig, Stormy Scott, Tanner English, Kyle Bronson, Don O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Tim Dohm, Terry Casey, Colton Flinner.