Jonathan Davenport won the Super Late Model championship feature Friday night at the 24th Annual Karl Chevrolet Duel in the Desert en route to a $25,000 payday at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Davenport scored the victory in the first of three championship features on the night as the IMCA SportMods and IMCA STARS Mod Lite divisions crowned their Duel champions. Zack Forster of Bakersfield, Calif., won the STARS Mod Lite championship, while Logan Anderson of Eddyville, Iowa, won the IMCA SportMod title.
To see a full breakdown of Friday night’s results, click here to see the Box Score.
Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., started on the pole and jumped out to an early lead, one that he would retain for the entirety of the 40-lap event. Davenport was never truly challenged, as he piloted his No. 49 Super Late Model perfectly and stretched out his lead during every green flag run.
Davenport and Billy Moyer of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., brought the field to the green flag at the start of the race.
Davenport led the opening 12 laps of the race as Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., climbed his way from the fifth starting spot to second. Moyer brought out the caution on lap 13 as he had a right rear tire go flat. Pierce joined Moyer in the infield for a tire change of his own during the yellow.
Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., charged to the second spot on the ensuing restart and came to within a second of Davenport for the lead just past the midway point of the race.
Following a lap-23 caution, Overton and Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., swapped the second spot for a couple of laps, allowing Davenport to build a sizable advantage.
One final caution with 14 laps remaining gave Overton his best shot to make the pass for the win as he pulled even with Overton in turns 1 and 2.
Davenport fought off the challenge by Overton and continued on for the victory. Overton took second, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., finished third with Pierce and Richards rounding out the top 5.
“I feel like I was pretty decent on a long run,” Davenport said after the race in Victory Lane. “I could slow up a little bit and save my tires in case someone was close to me.”
Davenport commended the track prep crew on the racing conditions as drivers had multiple grooves on which to pass all feature long.
“The track guys have done an excellent job. From where I was it was really good. I’ll go back and watch the video of (the race) and see what we can improve on.”
Cody Laney of Torrance, Calif. charged from 22nd to eighth to win hard-charger honors.
Davenport, Overton, Moyer and McCreadie picked up heat race victories, while Davenport and Moyer were the fastest qualifiers in their qualifying sessions to start the night.
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