Owens’ Misfortune Spells Victory for Davenport

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Owens’ Misfortune Spells Victory for Davenport

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

TAZEWELL, TN (May 4, 2018) – The fastest car doesn’t always win the race and that was the case in the Toyota Knoxville 50 on Friday night at Tazewell Speedway.

Jonathan Davenport inherited the lead when Jimmy Owens left the race on lap 46 with terminal issues. Davenport then held off a hard-charging Tim McCreadie for his fifth series win of the season. McCreadie finished a close second, with Don O’Neal coming home in third. Dennis Erb Jr. and Earl Pearson Jr. rounded out the top five.

Owens bolted to the lead at the start of the event and dominated much of the race in the Ramirez Motorsports entry. He led by almost a straightaway on several occasions as Davenport and McCreadie battled for second.

No one appeared to have anything for Owens, who was looking for the sixth Toyota Knoxville 50 win of his career. Unfortunately, with four laps to go Owens retreated to the pits off turn four in a cloud of smoke. McCreadie pressured Davenport in the final laps, but Davenport held on for first Tazewell Speedway victory since his record-setting 2015 season.

“I hate for anybody to have any bad luck, especially when you are leading. We were running second there at the end, early on I don’t know if I could have gotten by Josh Richards or Jimmy Owens.” Richards pulled out of the race on lap 18 while running second to Owens.

“I don’t know how much Jimmy was saving. This place is so fast. The top went away, and the bottom was coming back in at the end. Man, I love this place. I didn’t see anything coming from the 20 car. I thought he had a tire going down or something. Josh was smoking for several laps there early on. Man, it was heartbreak for those two. We will take it, it was a good points night for us.”

“Thanks to Lance Landers for putting together this wonderful race team. The sky is the limit. The first time I ever came here I loved it. This place is so unique. There is nothing like it. I wish we could come back here two or three times.”

McCreadie’s Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn maintained for a solid podium finish. “We had a good race there with JD. He [Davenport] got by me and then I was pinned in the middle. We just didn’t get any breaks tonight. We had a good enough car to win. This is my best run here, so I am happy. ”

O’Neal in the Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Club 29 reached the podium again with his third-place run. “It was a good solid run for us. Man, I thought I had something for them. We were a little too free. It was a good points night for us. We will head to Florence tomorrow where we have had a lot of success in the past.”

The winner’s Lance Landers Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Crop Production Services, Spartan Mowers, Valvoline, ASC Warranty, Penske Shocks, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Hawkeye Trucks, Midwest Sheet Metal and Sunoco Race Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Hudson O’Neal, Eric Wells, Mason Zeigler, Chad Ogle, and Jason Jameson.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, May 4th, 2018
Toyota Knoxville 50
Tazewell Speedway – Tazewell, TN

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Tim McCreadie / 11.180 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Jason Jameson / 11.060 seconds (overall)

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Josh Richards, Jason Jameson, Don O’Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Chad Ogle, Jeff Neubert, Vic Hill, Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Dakotah Knuckles, Jonathan Davenport, Ryan King, Forrest Trent, Bobby Pierce, Mason Zeigler, Carder Miller, Robby Moses

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Hudson O’Neal, Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson, Jr., Eric Wells, Eric Webber, Brian Smith, Chicky Barton, Shanon Buckingham, Kyle Bronson

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Jeff Neubert, Carder Miller, Robby Moses, Chicky Barton-DNS, Vic Hill-DNS, Shanon Buckingham-DNS, Gregg Satterlee-DNS, Kyle Bronson-DNS, Darrell Lanigan-DNS

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 28
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 – 45); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 46 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Margin of Victory: 0.610 seconds
Cautions: Dakotah Knuckles (Lap 2); Jason Jameson (Lap 6); Carder Miller, Darrell Lanigan (Lap 6); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 14); Josh Richards (Lap 18)
Series Provisionals: Kyle Bronson, Darrell Lanigan
Series Emergency Provisionals: Gregg Satterlee
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Gregg Satterlee (Advanced 14 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Mason Zeigler
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Mason Zeigler
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Durham (Jonathan Davenport)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap #2 – 11.5729 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Jimmy Owens (45 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Kyle Bronson
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Josh Richards
Time of Race: 24 minutes 36 seconds

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
8
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$12,900
2
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$6,200
3
7
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$4,300
4
10
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$2,750
5
9
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$3,050
6
3
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$2,500
7
12
18E
Eric Wells
Hazard, KY
$1,500
8
19
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$1,400
9
16
10C
Chad Ogle
Sevierville, TN
$1,200
10
4
12J
Jason Jameson
Lawrenceburg, IN
$1,100
11
25
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$775
12
13
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$1,850
13
5
21K
Dakotah Knuckles
Ewing, VA
$1,025
14
23
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$1,700
15
21
69*
Carder Miller
Salem, VA
$1,000
16
11
1G
Ryan King
Seymour, TN
$1,000
17
2
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$1,800
18
22
21
Robby Moses
Maryville, TN
$1,000
19
15
25
Eric Webber
Morristown, TN
$1,000
20
17
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$1,700
21
1
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$2,000
22
14
101
Forrest Trent
Talbott, TN
$1,000
23
20
86
Jeff Neubert
Rockford, TN
$1,000
24
18
7b
Brian Smith
Barbourville, KY
$1,000
25
24
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$1,700

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