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Lucas Oil Series at Tazewell Speedway - 5/29 Results (Read 3385 times)
Lucas Oil Series at Tazewell Speedway - 5/29 Results
05/29/15 at 11:24pm
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
May 29, 2015
Davenport Dashes to Victory Lane at Tazewell Speedway
TAZEWELL, TN (May 29) - Jonathan Davenport took the lead on lap 35 from Scott Bloomquist and led the rest of the way to win the Toyota Knoxville 50 on Friday Night. It was Davenport's third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season, and came before a record crowd at Tazewell Speedway.
Davenport held off a hard charging Bloomquist in the closing laps to score a popular victory in the K&L Rumley, Longhorn Chassis. Defending series champion, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens completed the Top-5.
"That was pretty exciting, wasn't it," said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane as the crowd roared wildly in saluting his come from behind victory. "I just love running here! I couldn't wait to get here today, and to top it off, my dad was here to watch us run. He rarely gets to come to the races, so it was great to get the win for Rumley and my dad."
"That top groove came into it. We struggled for several laps to get going. I was below the line I wanted to run several times and finally got up against the wall and the car took off, there was plenty of grip up there. A lot of the guys seemed to stick to the bottom and middle and that left the door open for me. I figured we were turning lap times considerably quicker than anybody. This Longhorn Chassis was just unbelievable, what else can I say? This is the first time Kevin and LeRoy have been here. I want to thank TS Crane Service, Sundance Services, Sundance Flowback Well Testing, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas."
Bloomquist took the lead at the start of the feature and quickly bolted away from the field. A red-flag came out on lap five for Series Point Leader, Earl Pearson Jr. who flipped several times in turn number three. Pearson escaped uninjured from his car, but his brand-new Black Diamond Chassis was severely damaged.
When the race resumed, Bloomquist continued to show the way with Francis running in second. Shortly after, Francis later saw his teammate O'Neal sweep by him to take over second. All eyes quickly locked in on Davenport as he was rapidly picking multiple cars at a time.
Bloomquist, O'Neal, and Davenport waged had a tremendous battle for the lead with Davenport taking second just past the halfway mark. Davenport then tried for five laps to get by Bloomquist, finally completing the pass for the lead on lap 35.
"I don't know where he came from," said Bloomquist, referring to Davenport. "I could feel our line going away in the last half of the race, I should have moved up to the top quicker than I did. He [Davenport] was around me before I realized it."
Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, and Donald McIntosh.
In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 25 entrants, with a lap of 10.926 seconds. Chad Ogle set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 11.243 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Stacy Boles, Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races.
A-Main (50 Laps)
1 9 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC
2 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
3 6 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
4 2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
5 4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
6 7 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
7 8 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV
8 11 201 Billy Ogle Jr. Knoxville, TN
9 14 28w Jeff Wolfenbarger Clinton, TN
10 17 7 Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA
11 21 21b Chris Brown Spring, TX
12 16 99m Devin Moran Dresden, OH
13 20 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
14 18 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL
15 10 10 Chad Ogle Sevierville, TN
16 19 7b Brian Smith Gray, KY
17 13 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
18 12 51 Mack McCarter Gatlinburg, TN
19 22 11B Tommy Bailey Corbin, KY
20 3 11b Stacey Boles Clinton, TN
21 24 70 Brent Hensley Russellville, TN
22 5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
23 15 16 Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
24 23 15H Wade Howerton Tazewell, TN
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 - 34); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 35 - 50)
Cautions: Earl Pearson Jr., Brad Neat (Lap 2); Mack McCarter (Lap 7); Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 43); Devin Moran (Lap 46)
Heat #1: Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Eric Wells, Donald McIntosh, Chris Brown, Brent Hensley
Heat #2: Stacey Boles, Jared Landers, Billy Ogle Jr., Brad Neat, Brian Smith, Wade Howerton-DNS
Heat #3: Steve Francis, Don O'Neal, Chad Ogle, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Brandon Sheppard, Tommy Bailey
Heat #4: Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Mack McCarter, Devin Moran, Dennis Erb, Jr
Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist 10.926 seconds
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