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Davenport Dominates the 47th Annual World 100 September 9, 2017

Davenport Dominates the 47th Annual World 100

ROSSBURG, Ohio — With the band back together, Jonathan Davenport and his crew played one of their greatests hits.

The Blairsville, Ga., driver, with former crew chief Kevin Rumley and Co. rejoining the 33-year-old Davenport in his new G.R. Smith-owned ride, dominated Saturday’s 47th annual World 100 for a $50,000 payday at Eldora Speedway, winning the sport’s most prestigious race for the second time in three years.

The third-starting Davenport blew into the lead from the outset and ran virtually unchallenged in becoming the first World 100 winner in 14 seasons to go flag-to-flag at the Tony Stewart-owned half-mile oval.

Outside front-row starter Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., notched his first-ever Eldora finish with a runner-up performance while Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., was third in his best finish. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., who started 25th, and two-time preliminary race winner Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., rounded out the top five in front of a record-setting Eldora crowd.

Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., who held the second spot from lap 60-89, had two slipups after a restart with 11 laps remaining and dropped from contention, finishing 11th.

Davenport’s victory would’ve seem unfathomable just a few months ago as the driver who swept Eldora’s Dream and World 100 in 2015 during a career season with the K&L Rumley Enterprises team was winless in Super Late Model competition through the first half of 2017.

Leaving the Barry Wright Race Cars house car team the first week in August, Davenport ended up connecting with North Carolina transplant G.R. Smith, kicking off their partnership with back-to-back victories. Davenport added a $25,000 Hillbilly 100 triumph just seven days ago at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., and the team headed to Eldora with help from his former car owners — Kevin Rumley and his Hall of Fame engine-building father Lee Roy — joining in to help along with crew member Bryan Liverman.

The obvious hashtag — #TheBandisBackTogether — became the team’s theme of the weekend, and they struck a winning tune Saturday with Davenport’s dominating performance while buoying G.R. Smith’s operation.

“I’ve just gotta thank G.R. Smith. If you only know our past, man, it’s so cool,” Davenport said with a laugh in victory lane. “Probably the first time we met one another, we was racing and, you know, I guess, I don’t know, I ran over him, and he ran over me, and we had a little altercation there. But anyway, it’s so cool for him to step out (of the car) …”

Davenport, the weekend’s overall fast qualifier who finished second to Lanigan in Thursday’s opening preliminary feature, had a hard time believing he was standing on Eldora stage after his 2017’s struggles.

“Just the year that I had … you know, I love Barry and Lance (Wright) to death. Things just didn’t work out over there,” Davenport said “I have all the respect for them in the world, but man, just to be almost in the gutter for a half a year, then come here and win the biggest race there is, it’s an amazing turnaround.”

Davenport’s ride appeared flawless all race long. His only real scare came on lap 66 when the ailing car of last year’s winner Bobby Pierce slowed abruptly in front of him in turn two. Davenport steered away from that danger as a yellow flag appeared.

He faced his most serious racing challenged when a caution appeared for debris with 11 laps remaining after Davenport — as he did most of the race — was enjoying a comfortable lead. Overton took his best shot on the restart, briefly pulling alongside, but he ended up pushing the issue so hard that he twice slipped up, slapping the wall and fading from contention while Davenport edged away from Satterlee the rest of the way.

“That’s a damn good race car is what you saw right there,” Davenport said in victory lane. “This place has changed … I finally figured out what I needed before we (teams were allowed to) cut tires and everything. I could get a good line up by the wall and I was really comfortable. And I kept watching videos, kept watching videos, and it always seemed to go to the bottom, so I just really set my mind (for) the first 25 or first 30 (laps), I just wanted to run around the bottom and see where it went.”

Top, middle or bottom, Davenport seemed to have the field covered wherever he wanted to race — starting just a moment after the green flag dropped.
“He didn’t even give me and (polesitter Hudson (O’Neal) a chance — he went by us that first corner and just never looked back,” Satterlee said.

Despite vainly chasing Davenport the rest of the way, Satterlee was “extremely happy” with his “awesome car” in improving from his previous best World 100 finish — eighth place in 2014.

“Hopefully I want to get up there someday and see what it feels like,” Satterlee said, glancing up at Davenport’s photo session on the victory stage. “It’s good to get a top-three here. This is by far the best finish I’ve ever had hear, so we’ll take it, and I guess this is one step closer to hopefully getting up on that stage.”
Marlar likewise had his best World 100 run in his seventh start in the race, improving on the ninth-place run 12 years earlier.

“It was a good run for us. It’s the best run I’ve had up here. I’ve been in the top 10, not in the top five. I’m glad to see the front up here for a change, so it was a fun night for us,” Marlar said. “It’s just a testament to my crew, my car owner Ronnie Delk. You don’t come to a stage this big without the best equipment that you can have.”
Six cautions slowed the race, the most significant when eighth-running Scott Bloomquist and seventh-running Tim McCreadie got briefly hooked together in turn three as McCreadie was slowing with a left-rear flat tire on lap 29.

Pierce, who faded quickly after starting in the fourth row, slowed to draw cautions on laps 59 and 66 with damage to the right-rear corner of his car.
Earlier yellows appeared when Jeep Van Wormer had a lap-four flat tire and another yellow flew on lap 16. A lap-25 yellow appeared for a slowing Kyle Bronson.

For additional news visit www.eldoraspeedway.com

Sheppard Gets 8th SDS Victory of Season at LeRPM Speedway September 9, 2017

Sheppard Gets 8th SDS Victory of Season at LeRPM Speedway

SAINT-MARCEL-DE-RICHELIEU, QUE. — Sept. 9, 2017 — finishing 21st at Autodrome Granby the night before, Sheppard lowered the track record mark during qualifying and would go on to pick up a heat race win. Sheppard headed into the redraw as the driver to beat. Sheppard would start the 100-lap feature from the 11th position and worked his way through to take the lead on lap 88. The masterful driver through the field leads to Sheppard’s seventh win in the last Super DIRTcar Series nine races and his eighth win of the 2017 season. Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps, David Hebert and Tim Fuller rounded out the top-five.

 
FEATURE (100 Laps): 1. 9s- Matt Sheppard; 2. 99L- Larry Wight; 3. 98H- Jimmy Phelps; 4. ONE – David Hebert; 5. 19 – Tim Fuller; 6. 6H – Max McLaughlin; 7. 91 – Billy Decker; 8. 9 – Peter Britten; 9. 63- Dominic Dufault; 10. 20 – Brett Hearn; 11. 42p – Pat Ward; 12. 12 – Kevin Hamel; 13. 3 – Claude Brouilard; 14. 7m – Mike Maresca; 15. 96 – Yan Bussiere; 16. 2 – Patrick Beaumier; 17. 79 – Josianne Plante; 18. 43 – Sebastien Fournier; 19. 43F- Keith Flach; 20. 22 – Brandon Walters; 21. 97 – Maxime Plante; 22. 13Y – Yves Leveille; 23. 96c – J.F. Coriveau; 24. 54- Steve Bernard; 25. 46 – Matthieu Larramee; 26. 35- Frank Bellemare.
 
For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com
Weekly Winners 8/29/17 - 9/4/17 September 4, 2017

Weekly Winners 8/29/17 - 9/4/17

Congratulations to:

Ron Davis III – Fulton Speedway (Track Champion) & Brewerton Speedway (Track Champion)

Billy Whittaker – Fulton Speedway

Devin Dixon - Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Champion

Rich Neiser – Winston Speedway

Mario Clair – Cornwall Motor Speedway

Duane Howard – Big Diamond Speedway & Georgetown Speedway

Taylor Caprara – Can-Am Motorsports Park (Track Champion)

Jimmy Mars – Proctor Speedway

Tim Fuller – Mohawk International Raceway (Track Champion)

Randy Hannagan – Waynesfield Raceway Park

Justin Haers – Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Peter Britten – Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Track Champion)

Billy Decker – Brewerton Speedway (Track Champion)

Shannon Babb – Farmer City Raceway

Logan Martin – Lakeside Speedway (pictured)

Tanner English – Clarksville Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Weedsport Speedway, Canandaigua Motorsports Park (Track Champion) & Outlaw Speedway (Track Champion)

Logan Roberson – Potomac Speedway

Jonathan Davenport – Tyler County Speedway

Dona Marcoullier – Merritt Speedway

Mat Williamson – Freedom Motorsports Park

Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park (Track Champion)

Davenport Wins the Hillbilly Hundred September 3, 2017

Davenport Wins the Hillbilly Hundred

MIDDLEBOURNE, WV (September 3, 2017) Jonathan Davenport held off Tim McCreadie at the finish line to win the 49th Annual Hillbilly Hundred on Sunday night at the Tyler County Speedway. Davenport took the lead from race-long leader, Jimmy Owens on lap 83 and then held off a hard-charging McCreadie to claim his first-career win in the historic event. After starting 17th, McCreadie went to the outside of Davenport coming off turn four, but Davenport held him off by one-car length to secure the $25,000 victory.

The 2015 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion; Davenport; became the 16th different winner this year in series competition. McCreadie moved to second in the points behind Josh Richards with his second-place finish. Jimmy Owens took third. Completing the top five were Don O’Neal and Richards.

“I passed for second like three times there then there would be another caution. I want to apologize to Jimmy Owens, I went in hot and locked up the brakes. I want to first thank G.R. Smith, for someone to step out of their own car and to let someone else drive it, says a lot about him. I have to thank Josh Richards, he helped me out before the start of the race. The right rear shock wasn’t where I wanted it to be and he tuned on it. “

“These Rocket cars are great. I thought I had this win last year. I really like this place,” said the 33-year-old racer in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the first time this season. The winners Rocket Chassis car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: Victory Circle Auto Sales, B&A Pallet, Victory Circle Auto Mall, FK Rod Ends, Behrent’s, and Northern Lights Windows and Door.

McCreadie started alongside Scott Bloomquist in row nine and charged through the field to take the runner-up spot at the finish. “It was so tough to come up through there in this field of cars. It was just a little narrow out there tonight. The outside restarts were good. Yes, we are happy with this finish,” said the driver of the Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn entry.

Owens was in control of the race until he relinquished the lead to Davenport. “We had a really good car tonight. There were a lot of restarts. I don’t know how that played into the end. But we were slipping up. We moved down there and it seemed to help,” said Owens about his podium finish.

Completing the top ten were Chris Ferguson, Austin Hubbard, Darrell Lanigan, Jared Hawkins, and Mason Zeigler.

For additional news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Duane Howard Wins Coalcracker 72 at Big Diamond Speedway September 3, 2017

Duane Howard Wins Coalcracker 72 at Big Diamond Speedway

FORESTVILLE — All Duane Howard wanted was a restart. He knew what would happen if he could just get to the lead at Big Diamond Speedway.

“For some reason here on this race track, there’s a preferred line every week,” the Oley driver said. “And that guy who’s leading is in that preferred line.”

By early Monday morning, that guy was Howard, who took the top spot from Billy Pauch Jr. on a Lap 56 restart and drove off to win the track’s season-ending Jack Rich Inc. Coalcracker 72 358 modified feature.

Howard was joined in Victory Lane by Carlisle’s Chris Heller, who won the street stock feature, and Ringtown’s Devin Trexler, who took the Coalcracker 20 roadrunner race.

But neither Heller nor Trexler were quite as relieved as Howard.

Second on the track’s list of all-time feature wins with 74 victories, Howard, driving car owner Norm Hansell’s No. 357, took his first checkered flag in a feature at Big Diamond since May 29, 2015.

“It took two years to get it right, but, man, we got it right tonight,” Howard said. “The car went right through the middle and laid on the right side like I want to feel it.”

Earning the track’s biggest prize of the season of $10,000, Howard won his seventh Coalcracker crown, but his first since 2008.

Howard was the final of four leaders in the 72-lap marathon interrupted after 40 laps for a fuel stop. Each of those leaders got his chance at the front on a restart.

New York driver Anthony Perrego led the first four tours after drawing for the pole before Ray Swinehart’s car broke and spun on the frontstretch.

Wind Gap’s Frank Cozze took the lead at the resumption and led through two more caution periods to the fuel stop.

Pauch Jr. grabbed the lead from Cozze on the restart and withstood five more caution flags to keep the lead.

Howard, who started ninth, had climbed to second when Dominick Buffalino’s car spun in the second turn on the 56th lap. That put Howard beside Pauch on the double-file restart.

“It was really a cat-and-mouse game on the restarts,” Howard said. “When I got him on my restart and I’m on the outside, I wasn’t letting him push me up to the big cushion.”

Once in front, Howard’s drive to victory was slowed only by a caution flag with four laps left. He outgunned Pauch on that restart and drove away to win by .564 seconds.

Ryan Godown took second from Pauch with three laps left. Cozze was fourth ahead of Perrego.

Heller led the final 17 laps of the 20-lap street stock feature, but provided the biggest drama after the checkered flag. He veered up the track, struck the tire barrier near the second-turn pit exit and rolled his No. X99 onto its roof.

“About five (laps) to go, I started to get a wobble in the rear end,” said Heller, who earned $1,000 for his third win of the season. “... Last race of the year, you’re out front, you just keep the hammer down and hope she holds together.

“And it did until the end.”

Weekly Winners 8/22/17 - 8/28/17 August 28, 2017

Weekly Winners 8/22/17 - 8/28/17

Congratulations to:

Michael Norris – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (pictured)

Andy Bryant – Lucas Oil Speedway

Ralph Morgan Jr. – Hesston Speedway

Logan Roberson – Potomac Speedway

Dona Marcoullier – Tri-City Motor Speedway

Ashton Winger – Senoia Raceway

Brandon Walsh - Legit Speedway Park

Rodney Sanders – Nobles County Speedway

Mat Williamson – Lernerville Speedway

Alex Ferree – Lernerville Speedway

James Dennis – Ohio Valley Speedway

Jimmy Phelps – Fulton Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Jackson Motorplex

Max Blair – Stateline Speedway & Eriez Speedway

Trent Ivey – Laurens County Speedway

Kelly Shryock - Nobles County Speedway

Coleby Frye – Selinsgrove Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Outlaw Speedway

Austin Horton – Senoia Raceway

Alan Fink – Fulton Speedway

J.R. Heffner – Lebanon Valley Speedway

Nelson Vollbrecht - Boone County Raceway

Darrel DeFrance – Marshalltown Speedway

Peter Britten – Albany-Saratoga Speedway & Sharon Speedway

Danny Johnson – Cornwall Motor Speedway

Devin Smith - Buena Vista Raceway

Myles Michehl - Hamilton County Speedway

Dan Angelicchio – Dog Hollow Speedway

Mike Bowman – Humberstone Speedway

Jack Sullivan – Boothill Speedway

Cody Robinson – Kil-Kare Raceway

Steve Stacey – South Bend Motor Speedway