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Jonathan Davenport does it again with East Bay win

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TAMPA, Fla. - Jonathan Davenport withstood an incredible ten-lap battle to win the East Bay Late Model Winternationals finale on Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.

The Blairsville, Georgia speedster took the lead for good from Tanner English on lap 45 and scored his third win of the week at “The Clay by the Bay.” Davenport came alive in the final 15 laps of the 50-lap main event as he powered his car around the top side of the track. English led the majority of the race, and then battled Davenport in heavy lapped traffic lap after lap. The caution flag waved on lap 47 for Earl Pearson, Jr., who was forced to pit for a flat tire.

Davenport then dashed to the finish line for his 39th career series win. Tyler Erb slipped by English with two laps to go to finish in second. Devin Moran barely edged out English at the finish line to take third. English led 40 of the 50 laps before coming home in fourth, with Justin Williams scoring the best series finish of his career in fifth.

“I knew we had a really good car, it was a little bumpier out there tonight,” said Davenport. “I was just trying not to buzz my tires. I just wanted to save my tires until the last ten laps. We went with a little different set-up tonight.

“The car hasn’t felt good the last two nights even though we won. Tanner did a great job tonight. I have driven that car for Randy (Weaver) and Chip (Stone) so I knew they were going to be tough to outrun. This was a heck of a race track tonight. I really didn’t know where to go at the end. I knew Tanner was better on the bottom than I was. I saw there was a little bit of brown in the middle, and the top was getting so dirty. I don’t know if there were other guys running up there or not.”

Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, Shanon Buckingham, Billy Moyer, Jr. and Kyle Bronson rounded out the top ten.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL
East Bay Winternationals – February 9, 2019

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $12,000
2 4 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $5,500
3 19 1M Devin Moran Dresden, OH $3,500
4 1 116 Tanner English Benton, KY $2,750
5 15 89 Justin Williams Concord, VA $2,250
6 5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,800
7 13 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,500
8 18 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,300
9 9 21 Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,200
10 22 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,100
11 7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $1,075
12 21 94 Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO $1,050
13 2 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,025
14 16 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,000
15 24 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,000
16 26 1V Vic Hill Mosheim, TN $1,000
17 8 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,000
18 23 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,000
19 11 12J Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $1,000
20 14 32S Chad Stapleton Edinburgh, IN $1,000
21 6 1Gk Ryan King Seymour, TN $1,000
22 10 66c Matt Cosner Ridgeley, WV $1,000
23 20 11H Austin Hubbard Bridgeville, DE $1,000
24 17 942 Terry Casey New London, WI $1,000
25 12 25B Mike Benedum Salem, WV $1,000
26 25 48 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $1,000
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