Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia, captured his third World 100 dirt late model race on Sept. 7 at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
With an Eldora Speedway record crowd and 50/50 drawing announced, Davenport, sporting a paint scheme from the 1982 movie “Six Pack” which starred Kenny Rogers, pulled away at the end from a torrid battle with Bobby Pierce and Ricky Weiss to claim his third career victory in the sport’s most prestigious event.
Davenport’s win was worth $52,000. Jimmy Owens finished in second, followed by Ricky Weiss, Stormy Scott and Chris Madden. Completing the top 10 were Scott Bloomquist, Chad Simpson, Dale McDowell, Tim McCreadie and Shanon Buckingham.
In the Twin 25’s on Sept. 5 and 6. which paid $10,000 to win each, the feature winners were Billy Moyer and Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville. Sept. 5 winners were Dennis Erb Jr. and Jonathan Davenport.
It was announced that the Sept. 6 crowd was the largest for any event in the history of the track, which first opened in 1954. The winning 50/50 ticket drawn was worth more than $80,000. The previous mark was set in July at the King’s Royal sprint car event.
Eldora will host its final event of the 2019 racing season on Sept. 27 and 28 with the 4-Crown Nationals. On Sept. 27 will be the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, along with USAC Silver Crown qualifying. On Sept. 28 will be the USAC National Midget and Sprint Car Series, along with the Silver Crown cars and the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars.
For more information, visit eldoraspeedway.com.
Columbus go-kart results
The Columbus Speedway Go-Kart Racing held events on Sept. 7 at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. The winners were Mike Smith (vintage), Jameson Reed (rookie), Johnny Smith (clone 340) and Evan Shatto (jr. 3).
The next event for the Columbus Speedway Go-Kart Racing will be on Sept. 28.
Jennings go-kart results
Jennings County Outlaw Karting held events on Sunday at the Jennings County 4-H Fairgrounds in North Vernon. The winners were Parker Perry (boxstock outlaw winged class and youth pred champions), Clayton Howard (rwyb), Justin Graham (400 clone), Zach Roell (rookie), Jacobi Clark (jr. 2), Troy Neal (flatheads), Kennan Wilson (340 clone and adult beginner clone), Kayla Roell (jr. 3), Preston Carr (jr. clone champ), Josh Cash (rookie) and Gabe Wells (sr. pred).
The next event for the Jennings County Outlaw Karting will be on Sept. 22.
Burton wins at Twin Cities
Bryce Burton of Edinburgh won the hornet special in Sept. 7 at the Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon. Other feature winners were Steven Godsey of Bedford (crate late models), Jacoby Hines of Trafalgar (modifieds), Rick Gumm of Tampico (pure stocks) and Jeremy Helton of Paris Crossing (super stocks).
Babcock takes Paragon cash
Chris Babcock of Bloomfield won the sprint car feature on Sept. 6 at Paragon Speedway. Brady Short finished in second, followed by Travis Thompson, Colten Cottle and Jake Scott.
Other Paragon feature winners were Owen Cosman (hornets), Jordan Almanza (bombers), Tucker Chastain (super stocks) and Jordan Wever (modifieds).
Brownstown racing tonight
Next weekend, activity will kickoff on Friday with the pro late models, modifieds, pure stocks, hornets and UMRA King of the TQ Midgets. On Sept. will be the 40th Annual Jackson 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, paying $15,000 to win. On the card will also be modifieds and super stocks.
For the latest information, visit brownstownspeedway.com.
This week in racing history
From 50 years ago in 1969 at Brownstown Speedway, it was Gene Sutton winning the late model feature over Paul Crockett, Jack Owens, Jim Curry and Kenny Simpson.
From 40 years ago in 1979 at Brownstown, Pete Willoughby won the late model feature over Terrence Johnson, Buck Ridenour, Dennis Boknecht and Butch Isaacs. Roger Hehman won the hobby stock main event over Jack Taylor, Cooley Singer, Rick Carneal and Steve Hoard.
Also from 1979 at Paragon Speedway, Lee Osborne won the sprint car feature over Bob Kinser, Ron Dorsett, Frank Hollingsworth and Johnny Krebbs.
From 20 years ago in 1999 at Brownstown, it was Don O’Neal winning the Ted Collins Memorial feature for the late models. Denny Campbell won the street stock feature, and Sam Chastain won the bomber feature.
James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Tribune. Send comments to [email protected].