Jonathan Davenport Breaks Showdown Bank

In 19th Showdown in Savannah

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Jonathan Davenport has found a familiar comfortable and winning seat since returning to the Barry Wright Race Cars “house car” and picked up another big win in Saturday night’s 19th annual Showdown In Savannah at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.

Davenport took the lead on lap 49 and led the remaining 27 laps.

Davenport took the lead on lap 49 when early race leader Travis Pennington fell off the pace with a flat tire. Pennington had led the first 48 laps, and was racing with a heavy heart, looking for a win to dedicate to his grandfather Ed Massey, who passed away Saturday morning.

Davenport picked up $10,000 for the win, his second big win in as many weeks since he returned to the Barry Wright machine after spending the last couple of seasons with the Rumley Racing team.  Davenport drove the Barry Wright car to a $20,000 win on Thanksgiving weekend in Swainsboro, Ga.

Mark Whitener fell one spot short of capturing his second Showdown In Savannah win coming home in the second spot. The Fastrak Pro Late Model Series World Champion Dennis “Rambo” Franklin finished third and fourth went to Ben Faircloth.

Jason Fitzgerald charged from the 19th starting spot to finish fifth and Russell Brown took the sixth spot.

Kyle Bronson started ninth, hustled up to as high as third spot, but faded late in the race to come home in the seventh spot. B Main winner Robbie Cowart came from the 21st starting spot to finish eighth.

Carter out-timed the 29-car field with a lap around the half-mile dirt oval in 20.331 seconds.

The finish:

Jonathan Davenport, Mark Whitener, Dennis Franklin, Jason Fitzgerald, Russell Brown, Kyle Bronson, Robbie Cowart, Cla Knight, Cecil Eunice, Garrett Shurling, Keith Tuten, Eddie Morris, Travis Pennington, Robert Diekemper, Ryan Crane, Tom Eigner, Larry Dawdy Jr., Hunter Carter, Branden Yawn, Jordan Feider, Joshua Bishop, Colby Jenerette, Donnie Bazemore Jr., Casey Barrow.