Story By: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES – MINERAL WELLS, WV – Jonathan Davenport led from start-to-finish on Saturday night at West Virginia Motor Speedway before a packed hillside. The three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion picked up his first series win of the year, collecting $50,000 at the Jan Dils Attorneys at Law Historic 100 Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts.
The track located just south of Parkersburg, West Virginia had sat idle for seven years until promoter Cody Watson brought racing back to life last year; completely refurbishing the facility which had originally opened in 1985.
Davenport went uncontested throughout the 50-lap main event to become the 11th different winner this year on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour. Starting alongside Davenport on the front row, Brandon Overton finished in second followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Gregg Satterlee, and Friday night’s winner Devin Moran.
The only thing that slowed Davenport during the race was four Stop-Tech cautions which kept the field bunched up behind him, but Davenport sprinted away on each restart. Overton and Pearson had a spirited battle for second. Seventh starting Pearson reached second by lap 31. Pearson had momentum on the bottom, but a caution on lap 34 halted Pearson’s drive to catch Davenport.
On the restart with 15 laps to go Overton regained the second position from Pearson as the race went green until the final caution appeared with 38 laps scored. Davenport, as he had done all night long, proved to be dominant driver in the last 12 laps pulling away for a 2.142 second advantage over Overton at the finish line to record his fourth win at the 5/8ths mile speedplant in the last two years.
Overton earned a $20,000 payday for his second-place finish and Pearson took home $10,000 for his third-place run. Pearson had won the last $50,000 to win race held at WVMS back in 2010 when he won the Dirt Track World Championship. Satterlee who ran third in Friday night’s $15,000 to win race came from ninth to take fourth.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 59th time in his career Davenport was able to shake off the frustrations of his last three $50,000 to win attempts, finally collecting the big paycheck after he felt like he let those races slip away. “It’s huge for sure. It’s great for me, my team, my owners, and for my sponsors. It will make the ride home a little easier tonight. We have had a great car the last two months. My guys have worked hard, and we have been trying stuff. They hit on something just about wherever we go, whether it’s been a big track or a little bullring.”
“Our car has been really good. It doesn’t matter which one it is we run. When you look at the top three, they are all Longhorns. Hats off to everyone back at the shop. We appreciate everything they do. Thanks to Cody (Watson) for putting this event together. He had a vision when he took this place over a year and a half ago. He has turned it around, they put on a heck of a show tonight.”
Davenport’s win was his fourth in his last five starts at WVMS. His lone non-victory was Friday night when he finished second to Moran. “We were almost batting a thousand, we let one get away from us last night but we made up for it tonight.”
Overton, who made a last-minute decision to race at WVMS took the runner-up spot in his first appearance at the track. “It was crazy before the feature. I asked him (Davenport) what tire to put on. We put a hard tire on, and I think he had one on the next step down but congrats to him he has been good all weekend. I am proud of my team. We weren’t very good yesterday so to come back and run second tonight, I’ll take it.”
“The race track they are working on it; it was definitely better tonight than it was last night. The coolest thing about this place is the fans. I don’t think I have seen so many people come up and say something to me. We appreciate all of the fans for coming out and supporting us. It’s fun to see all of you cheering up there on the hill.”
Pearson, who held the second spot after starting on the inside of the fourth row wanted the race to stay green. “It was a good race for us. We started seventh and come up to second there on the bottom. I just didn’t need those cautions; the restarts weren’t helping me at all because we just couldn’t get going on those. Brandon Overton, he is one of the best in the business and to race with him like we did it says how good our car was, so we are happy to finish third.”
The winner’s Lance and Darla Landers/Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, Spartan Mowers, ASC Warranty, Bilstein Shocks, VP Fuels, Mark Martin Automotive, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.
Completing the top ten were Ricky Thornton Jr., Tim McCreadie, Mike Marlar, Tyler Erb, and Spencer Hughes.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Jan Dils Attorneys at Law “Historic 100” Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts
Saturday, June 4th, 2022
West Virginia Motor Speedway – Mineral Wells, WV
Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 20.054 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Brandon Overton / 20.651 seconds
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 2. 157-Mike Marlar; 3. 22-Gregg Satterlee; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie; 5. 8-Kyle Strickler; 6. 58-Garrett Alberson; 7. K11-George Klintworth; 8. 113-Brandon Francis
Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr; 2. 46-Earl Pearson Jr; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard; 4. 18D-Daulton Wilson; 5. 12-Ryan Montgomery; 6. 2A-Matt Altiers; 7. 0-Edward Shuman; 8. 37F-Wayne Francis
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton; 2. 9-Devin Moran; 3. 89-Ashton Winger; 4. 7-Ross Robinson; 5. 11-Spencer Hughes; 6. 119-Bryan Bernheisel; 7. 22*-GR Smith; 8. 16-Josh Tonkin
Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb; 2. 71R-Rod Conley; 3. 12D-Doug Drown; 4. 0K-Freddie Carpenter; 5. 15-Justin Duty; 6. 71C-RJ Conley; 7. 34C-Pete Crum; 8. 71-Hudson O’Neal
FAST Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 11-Spencer Hughes; 2. 15-Justin Duty; 3. 119-Bryan Bernheisel; 4. 71C-RJ Conley; 5. 8-Kyle Strickler; 6. 22*-GR Smith; 7. 37F-Wayne Francis; 8. 16-Josh Tonkin; 9. K11-George Klintworth; 10. 0-Edward Shuman; 11. 12-Ryan Montgomery; 12. 58-Garrett Alberson; 13. 2A-Matt Altiers; 14. 34C-Pete Crum; 15. 113-Brandon Francis; 16. (DNS) 71-Hudson O’Neal
Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1-50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Margin of Victory: 2.142 seconds
Stop-Tech Cautions: GR Smith (Lap 19); Garrett Alberson (Lap 26); Pete Crum (Lap 34); Ashton Winger, Hudson O’Neal (Lap 38)
Series Provisionals: Hudson O’Neal, Garrett Alberson
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Track Provisionals: Pete Crum
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Earl Pearson, Jr.
Penske Shocks Top 5: Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Earl Pearson, Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Devin Moran
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Spencer Hughes (Advanced 7 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Brandon Sheppard
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (50 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson, Jr.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Spencer Hughes
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 50 – 20.802 seconds)
DirtonDirt.com Tough Break of the Race: Garrett Alberson
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Durham (Jonathan Davenport)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Jonathan Davenport (19.394 seconds)
Time of Race: 32 minutes 50 seconds