Davenport Dominates At Wytheville
RURAL RETREAT, Va. — To say that Jonathan Davenport’s Southern Nationals Series victory at Wythe Raceway was anything short of domination would be a sincere understatement.
The Mt. Airy, N.C., native captured his ninth career series victory in the flag-to-flag event while taking home the $3,500 payday on Monday night during round one of the 10-race mini tour. The defending series champion drove the K & L Rumley Enterprises Longhorn Chassis to the victory.
“I just can’t thank this team enough, Lee Roy and Kevin (Rumley) giving me an opportunity for this,” said Davenport. “It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve been in this thing, we took a couple of weeks off and regrouped.”
Fellow AES Racing-sponsored competitor Dennis Franklin finished second.
“It’s brand new, in hot laps we just rode around, this Longhorn has been good, we just couldn’t turn tonight,” Davenport said. “It was a little tight, wish we could have given him a run for his money, but a brand new car I’m pleased with it.”
By the time the sixth lap rolled around, Chris Madden would work his way around Ty Dillon for the fourth spot and hold it when Dillon slowed to bring out the first yellow. Madden would regain strength and take the third spot from Stacy Boles on lap eight and stay there until the feature’s end.
By the 11th lap, Madden would challenge Dennis Franklin for the third spot but Rambo would hold that Longhorn Chassis in the second spot as the laps went on.
Davenport crossed the finish line ahead of Franklin and ninth-starting Madden. Stacy Boles and Vic Hill filled the top five.
Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Franklin, Chris Madden, Stacy Boles, Vic Hill, Tony Knowles, Eric Jacobsen, Billy Ogle Jr., Donald McIntosh, Ty Dillon, Austin Smith, Joey Coulter, Kenneth Howell, Kenny Collins, Anthony Burroughs, Craig Vosbergen, Bobby Mays, Brandon Kinzer, Tim Allen, Greg Roberson, Pierce McCarter, Doug Smith-Harriman.