JAMAICA, Va. — The Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth was on Jonathan Davenport and Kevin Rumley’s list of high priority events.
Not that every event isn’t important, but the King of the Commonwealth is a victory that both driver and his race team highly coveted. Both have been very successful at Bill Sawyer’s beautiful Virginia Motor Speedway over the years.
On Saturday they both added another big check mark to their to-do list when Davenport overtook early leader Billy Moyer Jr. on lap 17 and held off a hard charging Scott Bloomquist in the late stages of the 60-lapper to claim the $20,000 winner’s check.
The win also propelled Davenport into a tie with Chris Madden for the National Dirt Racing League point lead.
At the outset of the event it was pole sitter Billy Moyer, Jr. that took command while Davenport sliced through the middle of a three-wide melee in turn one to move to second. With the remainder of the field locked in a double formation to complete lap one. Moyer moved away as Davenport had to fend of challenges from Billy Moyer and Gregg Satterlee.
Madden and Bloomquist were battling door to door while up front Davenport began to reel in Moyer Jr. as they both began to encounter traffic. By lap 15 Davenport was all over Moyer, first stepping outside but finally making the move around the hub. Bloomquist slipped by Madden and set after Moyer, Sr. as they both drew to Moyer, Jr.’s rear deck. Over the next several laps the Moyers raced wheel to wheel with the elder finally covering the spot. The pass also allowed Bloomquist to close in on Moyer, Jr. and take another spot away one lap later.
After the halfway mark Davenport was in heavy traffic and Moyer Sr. was able to close down on his fellow Longhorn Chassis driver. Moyer began to put some pressure on Davenport, nosing alongside the leader on multiple occasions. But the race for the lead was quelled when the event’s lone yellow flag waved for a stalled Bub McCool.
For the restart Moyer opted for the inside, which moved Bloomquist to the outside. When Davenport brought the field back to green Bloomquist made his move for second. Sweeping around the outside of turn two Bloomquist took over second and set after the leader. With only 10 laps remaining Bloomquist pulled to Davenport’s rear deck. Bloomquist threw all he had at Davenport but a slick move past a lapped car coming to the white flag sealed the deal. The move gave Davenport just enough open space to grab the checkers and the $20,000 check.
Davenport was fastest in Group A of Keyser Manufacturing Time Trials lowering the Virginia Motor Speedway track record with his lap of 16.745 seconds around the half-mile oval. However it was Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist in Group B who picked up the Bell Helmets Fast Time Award when he obliterated the record Davenport had just set. Bloomquist tripped the clock at a mind boggling 16.509 seconds.
In the Budweiser Modified Lucky Dog 30, Matt Quade earned the $3,000 victory.
Jonathan Davneport, Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Don O’Neal, Gregg Saterlee, Billy Moyer Jr., Chris Madden, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Covert, Tim Fuller, Jamie Lathroum, Kent Robinson, John Blankenship, Austin Hubbard, Brian Birkhofer, Kenny Pettyjohn, Davey Johnson, Chris Ferguson, Max Blair, Mason Zeigler, Earl Pearson Jr., Bub McCool, J.T. Spence, William Thomas.