Superman Soars at East Bay


Jonathan Davenport wins night 1 at East Bay Raceway Park in Reopening tour action. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

May 25, 2020 at East Bay Raceway Park ($7,000 to win)


(Recap by Tyson Graves)


The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returned to action at the Clay by the Bay. Once again no fans in the stands as the return to racing series continued near Tampa, Florida. 34 cars signed in for the opening night of three this week of series action. Tim McCreadie came into the night with the points lead.


In Miller Welders qualifying group A it was Shane Clanton who laid down the fastest lap at 13.966 seconds. Group B and overall fast qualifier was Brandon Overton with a lap of 13.871 seconds. This set the field for four heat races to determine the starting lineup for the feature event.


Heat race number one was all Shane Clanton as with the win put himself on the pole for the nights feature event. Jonathan Davenport finished second and Florida driver Kyle Bronson came home third. It was a battle for the last transfer spot as Shanon Buckingham held off Jeff Matthews at the checkered flag.


In the second heat the new points leader Tim McCreadie started up front and didn't look back, picking up the heat race win. Tanner English finished second, Brian Shirley third and the final transfer into the feature event was Steven Roberts.


Brandon Overton cruised to the heat race win in heat number three. Tyler Erb held off Mason Zeigler for second and Florida driver Mark Whitener rounded out the top 4. Lucas Oil Series regulars Earl Pearson Jr and Devin Moran both failed to transfer and were left to try to make the show through B-mains.


Heat Race number four was dominated by the hot driver Jimmy Owens over Josh Richards. Stormy Scott finished third and Pennsylvania driver Rick Eckert picked up the final transfer spot into the night's feature event.


The final spots in the feature event would be determined by a pair of B-Main’s. At the finish of B-Main number one Billy Moyer Jr passed Jeff Matthews off turn four for the win. The third and final transfer spot went to G.R. Smith. In B-Main #2 Delaware driver Ross Robinson held off past series champion Earl Pearson Jr for the win and Devin Moran got the final transfer spot. Series provisional's for the feature event went to Hudson O’Neal and Tyler Bruening.


In the 40 lap feature event it was Shane Clanton who jumped out to the early race lead and showed to be in command during the opening laps. His challenge for the lead came on lap 12 as Brandon Overton overtook him for one lap before taking the lead back on the 13th circuit. Shane continued to show the way for the majority of the feature event. On lap 30 defending series champion Jonathan Davenport overtook Clanton for the race lead. There were several restarts in the closing stages but Davenport was able to hold on for the win. It was Jonathan’s first series win since his All Tech win back in February during Speedweeks. Shane Clanton held on for the runner up finish and series point leader Tim McCreadie rounded out the podium. Jimmy Owens and Tyler Erb finished in the fourth and fifth positions.


The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will continue Tuesday night at East Bay with action LIVE once again on Lucas Oil Racing TV and on the Series Facebook Page for FREE.


Feature

1 5 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49

2 1 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25

3 3 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39

4 4 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20

5 6 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T

6 11 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S

7 9 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B

8 7 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E

9 16 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E

10 22 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9

11 17 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

12 10 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z

13 14 Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL 5W

14 18 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7

15 8 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14

16 20 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

17 24 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16

18 19 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J

19 21 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

20 15 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111

21 23 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

22 13 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50

23 2 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76

24 12 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S


B-Main 1

1 3 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

2 1 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J

3 2 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

4 4 Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH 20B

5 5 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311

6 6 Kerry King Delmar, DE KB0

7 7 Blake Naylor Sardinia, OH 91S

DNS - Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15

DNS - Steven Mathis Jr. Plant City, FL 95


B-Main 2

1 2 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7

2 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

3 3 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9

4 4 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16

5 5 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W

6 7 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

7 8 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC 29

8 6 Vic Hill Morristown, TN 1V

DNS - Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S


Heat 1

1 1 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25

2 3 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49

3 5 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B

4 2 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50

5 7 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J

6 6 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

7 4 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311

8 8 Blake Naylor Sardinia, OH 91S

DNS - Steven Mathis Jr. Plant City, FL 95


Heat 2

1 1 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39

2 2 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E

3 3 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S

4 4 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111

5 5 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

6 6 Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH 20B

7 7 Kerry King Delmar, DE KB0

DNS - Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15


Heat 3

1 1 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76

2 3 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T

3 2 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z

4 5 Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL 5W

5 6 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

6 4 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9

7 8 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W

8 9 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

9 7 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S


Heat 4

1 1 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20

2 2 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14

3 3 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S

4 5 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E

5 6 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7

6 4 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16

7 7 Vic Hill Morristown, TN 1V

8 8 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC 29


Group A Time Trials

1 17 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25 13.966

2 4 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39 14.079

3 14 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50 14.146

4 5 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E 14.186

5 9 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49 14.204

6 6 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S 14.247

7 15 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311 14.298

8 2 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111 14.343

9 11 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B 14.365

10 12 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89 14.454

11 16 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21 14.491

12 1 Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH 20B 14.548

13 8 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J 14.679

14 13 Kerry King Delmar, DE KB0 14.997

15 7 Blake Naylor Sardinia, OH 91S 15.106

16 3 Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15 15.142

17 10 Steven Mathis Jr. Plant City, FL 95 15.667


Group B Time Trials

1 10 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76 13.871

2 16 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20 13.929

3 12 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z 14.048

4 9 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14 14.122

5 17 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T 14.152

6 3 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S 14.154

7 8 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9 14.180

8 14 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16 14.188

9 7 Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL 5W 14.268

10 2 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E 14.279

11 4 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1 14.333

12 6 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7 14.337

13 1 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S 14.551

14 5 Vic Hill Morristown, TN 1V 14.556

15 11 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W 14.749

16 15 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC 29 14.853

17 13 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71 14.953


(Results via My Race Pass)

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