Jonathan Davenport and Josh Rice both picked up Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victories in the Bluegrass State over the weekend.
Davenport was the winner on Friday night at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky, while Rice scored the victory on Saturday night at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.
On Friday night, Davenport passed race leader Tim McCreadie coming to the checkered flag to become the first back-to-back series winner of the season.
The Blairsville, Georgia racer edged McCreadie by just .234 seconds to win the John Bradshaw Memorial.
The current series point leader, McCreadie, finished in second followed by Mike Marlar in third, Hudson O’Neal in fourth and Zebulon, Georgia’s Shane Clanton in fifth.
McCreadie started on the pole and set a steady pace early with Marlar and Davenport trying to stay close to him. Marlar briefly led a lap just past the halfway mark, but McCreadie was able to retake the lead as lap 28 was scored. A caution with 32 laps scored bunched up the field one more time and set-up a shootout to the finish.
Marlar held the second spot behind McCreadie as Davenport wrestled the spot away from Marlar with nine laps to go. Davenport set sail catching McCreadie in traffic with a just a few laps remaining that set-up the run to the checkered flag.
“Timmy (McCreadie) got hung up behind those lapped cars and was just a sitting duck there,” said Davenport. “I did not have any choice except to try something different. I thought earlier in the race I could snooker them on the bottom. We got really good down there and then Timmy moved to the bottom. The cautions have been killing me here lately. Me and (Mike) Marlar went back-and-forth for second and third. I knew our car was pretty good and Timmy’s was too. The first time I came here I embarrassed myself, but ever since we have had a good set-up for this place.”
On Saturday night, Josh Rice scored the biggest win of his racing career in the 35th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence Speedway, earning $15,000 for the victory.
On lap 57, Rice took the lead from Hudson O’Neal and pulled away for the win in front of his home track crowd. Rice’s margin of victory was 1.212 seconds ahead of O’Neal at the finish line. The 22-year-old Kentucky racer scored his first career series win.
Jonathan Davenport led the first 18 laps before yielding the lead to O’Neal, ultimately finishing third. Tyler Erb charged from the 18th starting spot to finish fourth. Current series point leader Tim McCreadie finished fifth after starting 15th. O’Neal picked up the top spot-on lap 19 from Davenport, then Rice moved around the 3-time series champion on lap 28 for second.
A caution with 32 laps complete set-up a battle between O’Neal and Rice. Time-after-time Rice threw a slide job in turns one and two to briefly take the lead, but each time O’Neal crossed over to maintain the point.
Rice was overcome with emotion in Lucas Oil Victory Lane as he became the 11th different winner on the series tour in 2021.
“I can’t believe it,” said Rice. “I thought I was never going to get by him (O’Neal). I didn’t know if I was clearing him or not. I wanted this one so bad. I have been asked what is my most wanted win and it is this race. Dave Latham and his family have been so good to me. You race fans are awesome. I almost lost my voice screaming in the car getting over here to victory lane.”
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Ponderosa Speedway – Junction City, KY
John Bradshaw Memorial – April 30, 2021
|1||3||49||Jonathan Davenport||Blairsville, GA||$12,800|
|2||1||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||$6,800|
|3||2||157||Mike Marlar||Winfield, TN||$4,200|
|4||4||71||Hudson O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||$3,500|
|5||12||25||Shane Clanton||Zebulon, GA||$3,200|
|6||17||17D||Zack Dohm||Cross Lanes, WV||$2,300|
|7||16||1T||Tyler Erb||New Waverly, TX||$2,900|
|8||19||2S||Stormy Scott||Las Cruces, NM||$2,100|
|9||13||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||$3,050|
|10||8||20RT||Ricky Thornton Jr.||Adel, IA||$2,800|
|11||15||14||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||$2,400|
|12||10||1||Earl Pearson Jr||Jacksonville, FL||$2,200|
|13||7||81E||Tanner English||Benton, KY||$1,200|
|14||24||13W||David Webb||Nicholasville, KY||$1,100|
|15||22||40B||Kyle Bronson||Brandon, FL||$1,750|
|16||9||9||Devin Moran||Dresden, OH||$1,700|
|17||14||11B||Tommy Bailey||Corbin, KY||$1,000|
|18||25||9G||Larry Greer||Bowling Green, KY||$1,000|
|19||5||76||Brandon Overton||Evans, GA||$1,000|
|20||18||D8||Dustin Linville||Lancaster, KY||$1,000|
|21||11||3S||Brian Shirley||Chatham, IL||$1,000|
|22||23||57M||Cameron Marlar||Winfield, TN||$1,000|
|23||6||83||Scott James||Lawrenceburg, IN||$1,000|
|24||20||16||Justin Rattliff||Campbellsville, KY||$1,000|
|25||21||97||Michael Chilton||Salvisa, KY||$1,000|
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Florence Speedway – Union, KY
Ralph Latham Memorial – May 1, 2021
|1||4||11R||Josh Rice||Verona, KY||$15,000|
|2||6||71||Hudson O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||$7,200|
|3||1||49||Jonathan Davenport||Blairsville, GA||$4,300|
|4||18||1T||Tyler Erb||New Waverly, TX||$3,700|
|5||15||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||$3,300|
|6||11||20RT||Ricky Thornton Jr.||Adel, IA||$3,200|
|7||9||22F||Chris Ferguson||Mt. Holly, NC||$2,300|
|8||7||25||Shane Clanton||Zebulon, GA||$2,900|
|9||3||14||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||$2,900|
|10||16||12J||Jason Jameson||Lawrenceburg, IN||$2,000|
|11||5||2S||Stormy Scott||Las Cruces, NM||$1,600|
|12||23||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||$2,400|
|13||24||1||Earl Pearson Jr||Jacksonville, FL||$2,100|
|14||14||40B||Kyle Bronson||Brandon, FL||$1,900|
|15||8||5N||Dustin Nobbe||Batesville, IN||$1,050|
|16||2||9||Devin Moran||Dresden, OH||$1,700|
|17||13||1G||Devin Gilpin||Columbus, IN||$1,000|
|18||19||97||Michael Chilton||Salvisa, KY||$1,000|
|19||10||157||Mike Marlar||Winfield, TN||$1,700|
|20||12||76||Brandon Overton||Evans, GA||$1,000|
|21||20||83||Scott James||Lawrenceburg, IN||$1,000|
|22||21||17J||Greg Johnson||Bedford, IN||$1,000|
|23||22||21H||Robby Hensley||Walton, KY||$1,000|
|24||17||K3||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||$1,000|