Davenport Controls Bob Miller Memorial at Portsmouth

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Davenport Controls Bob Miller Memorial at Portsmouth

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photo By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (August 31, 2019) – Jonathan Davenport went to Victory Lane for the twelfth time in 2019 on Saturday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

Davenport took the lead at the start of the 50-lap, Bob Miller Memorial, and held off a charging Josh Richards before pulling away for the victory. A torrid battle for second place ensued in the final circuits with several drivers taking a shot at Richards, but the two-time Dirt Track World Champion held them off and finished for the runner-up spot.

Tim McCreadie advanced from his tenth starting spot to finish third. Polesitter Tyler Erb finished in fourth and Jimmy Owens rounded out the top five.

Davenport and Erb bolted away from the pack at the drop of the initial green flag. Richards then caught up to Erb and passed him for second on lap seven.

The third and final caution flew on lap 20 that bunched the field a final time. Davenport held the top spot easily on the restart and pulled out to a comfortable advantage, but Richards started to reel in the leader as the race wore on. Richards cut Davenport’s lead to a car length, but Davenport gained the advantage back as he cleared heavy traffic in a timely manner and continued to pull away in the closing laps.

Davenport the two-time and defending Lucas Oil National Champion was excited with his finish. “I am glad I didn’t see the race behind me. I am out of breath. This was the best driving car I have ever had. We have been struggling here lately. Everybody knows I am not too good here. I didn’t think I knew the directions to Victory Lane here. We are so bad here. We could run anywhere from fifth-tenth and maybe a third would be the best we could do. We changed a bunch of stuff tonight and it paid off.”

“I am tired of chasing these Rocket cars around here,” Davenport added. “That Randall Edwards is so good at setting cars up, especially here with that number 1 car. He’s won the big $100,000 to win race here three years in a row. Our car and all the Longhorns are really running well. I think if McCreadie would have won the heat he would have been tough to beat again tonight.”

Richards who has collected the last two $100,000 paychecks in the DTWC at Portsmouth, gave Davenport a run for his money. “We had a good race there with Tyler [Erb] and everybody else. Everyone raced each other clean. I love coming to this track. I didn’t realize it but at one point I about ripped my spoiler off. We were too free at the end there to take a shot at him [Davenport]. I knew we were holding on at the end and if they got by me, they got by me, but fortunately we held them off.”

McCreadie charged to third at the end and was challenging Richards for the runner-up spot when the race ended. “The track finally slowed down enough for us to keep up. We are just happy for all of our sponsors. I made a mistake in the heat and it cost us, but we kept on swinging and came home with another podium finish.”

The winner’s Lance Landers Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: Nutrien Ag Solutions, ASC Warranty, Penske Racing Shocks, Valvoline, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Spartan Mowers, and Hawkeye Trucks.

The remainder of the top ten were Steve Casebolt, Kyle Bronson, Chris Ferguson, R.J Conley, and Don O’Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, August 30, 2019
Bob Miller Memorial – Presented by Pepsi
Portsmouth Raceway Park – Portsmouth, Ohio

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Tyler Erb / 14.336 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Tim McCreadie / 14.510 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tyler Erb ®, Kyle Bronson, Kyle Strickler, RJ Conley, Dustin Linville, Jackie Boggs, Billy Moyer, Jr., Kevin Wagner

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Steve Casebolt , Chris Ferguson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Kenny Christy, Devin Moran ®, Hudson O’Neal

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Don O’Neal, Tim McCreadie, Stormy Scott, Jason Jameson ®, Shannon Thornsberry, Audie Swartz, Shanon Buckingham

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Fouts, Jimmy Owens, Jared Hawkins, Zack Dohm, Rod Conley, Dave Hornikel, Johnny Scott, Charlie Jude

FAST Shafts B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Jason Jameson ®, Dustin Linville, Devin Moran ®, Hudson O’Neal, Kenny Christy, Rod Conley, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jackie Boggs, Shannon Thornsberry, Johnny Scott, Shanon Buckingham, Dave Hornikel, Charlie Jude, Kevin Wagner, Audie Swartz

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$13,100
2
3
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$6,300
3
10
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,200
4
1
1T
Tyler Erb ®
New Waverly, TX
$3,550
5
8
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$3,050
6
7
C9
Steve Casebolt
Richmond, IN
$1,800
7
5
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$2,200
8
11
22F
Chris Ferguson
Mount Holly, NC
$1,300
9
13
71C
RJ Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$1,200
10
6
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,100
11
15
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$1,875
12
16
17d
Zack Dohm
Cross Lanes, WV
$1,050
13
12
11H
Jared Hawkins
Fairmont, WV
$1,025
14
14
2s
Stormy Scott
Las Cruses, NM
$1,700
15
19
1M
Devin Moran ®
Dresden, OH
$1,700
16
20
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,700
17
24
21JR
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
$1,700
18
4
81
Brandon Fouts
Kite, KY
$1,000
19
22
71R
Rod Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$1,000
20
23
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$1,700
21
9
8S
Kyle Strickler
Troutman, NC
$1,000
22
18
D8
Dustin Linville
Lancaster, KY
$1,000
23
21
c7
Kenny Christy
Vanceburg, KY
$1,000
24
17
12J
Jason Jameson ®
Lawrenceburg, IN
$1,000

Race Statistics
Entrants: 30
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Margin of Victory: 4.195 seconds
Cautions: Jason Jameson (Lap 6); Don O’Neal (Lap 8); Dustin Linville (Lap 20); Brandon Fouts (Lap20)
Series Provisionals: Shanon Buckingham, Billy Moyer Jr.
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Advanced 7 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Zack Dohm
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Durham (Jonathan Davenport)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap #1 – 15.2937 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Jason Jameson
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tyler Erb
Time of Race: 24 minutes 25 seconds

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