Jonathan Davenport won his fifth World 100 Championship title on Saturday at Eldora Speedway. (Photo by Julia Johnson)
ROSEBURG, Ohio – Not even Brandon Overton could stop Jonathan Davenport’s gem domination on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway.
After Davenport lost the lead to Overton near the halfway mark, Davenport returned the favor on the restart of lap 55, overtaking Overton by the second turn to take the lead once again.
From there, “Superman” flew away from Overton, beating him to the start and finish line by more than five seconds to claim his fifth World 100 victory, worth $55,000.
“We weren’t great at first,” Davenport said. “I didn’t think we’d be like that. As a kind of off tire, our car just got better and better. I knew when [Overton] Got by me, I definitely worried there. But I knew I had to get up at the wheel when I restarted.
“I didn’t go ahead and slip all the way. I was just trying to block a little air, that way, I could turn third first.”
The win was the Davenport Jewel’s second victory at Eldora this year, after winning the Eldora Millionaire in June, his eighth win overall at Eldora, and his fifth World 100 victory in his last seven games at the event.
“I don’t know what this place is,” Davenport said. “I just feel like I want here, and since I figured out what I need with my race car, it has helped me learn more.
“Long laps around the top, around the bottom, and around the middle, Overton and I are running the same line around this place. It’s definitely going to be hard to get past it if it doesn’t restart.”
Overton, the racing champion, crossed the line in second place. Ironically, what helped him to a Dirt Late Model Dream win three days ago – when Chris Madden’s spark plug wire fell – kept him off the victory lane on Saturday.
“You won’t believe it,” Overton said. “My spark plug wire fell off when I was right there behind you [Davenport]. I had nothing for him. it is what it is. Congratulations to JD and them guys. We’ll take our second.”
Madden finished third, as he continues his quest for a crown jewel win at Eldora.
“We were a little off at the end of the race,” Madden said. “We were a bit warm, and [Davenport] He got out of there and went. I couldn’t see it. Brandon was kind of making circles, just like I was.
“We did a great job this week. My guys did a great job. We’re happy with our finish. We didn’t win, but we have a good car, and we just need a few things here and there.”
Tim McCready crossed the fourth-place streak – his second consecutive best five in the world.
“I’ve been running these cars for a long time,” McCready said. “I’ve handled some great stuff and some really bad, and even people you can handle really badly, you can hustle. You can’t really hustle with these cars to make up time. The only intro passes were on reboot.
“But for us, I’m happy with the car. You can’t tell where all of them are. When you get to [Madden]And you get to those guys up front who know how to turn in a slightly different arc because they know what’s going on around these cars and how to unbend, they cover enough to slow you down.”
Ricky Thornton Jr. finished fifth.
“I backed off a little bit, and then I think it was the first or second yellow that moved from the bottom, and I got up really fast,” Thornton said. “We kind of struggled here with 100 singers. We were really good at [preliminary] night. So, it’s nice to be able to get a good pace and really see third in front of me.”
Davenport continues to cement his legacy as one of the most important contenders in the history of the World 100. Another win in 2023 would tie him to Billy Muir for the World’s 100 Greatest Games of all-time, as he continues to add to his impressive resume.
Advantage (100 laps): 1. 49 – Jonathan Davenport; 2. 76 Brandon Overton; 3. 44- Chris Madden; 4. 39-Tim McCready; 5. 20 RT Ricky Thornton Jr.; 6. 32 Bobby Pierce; 7. 71- Hudson O’Neill; 8. 17M- Dale McDowell; 9. 28- Dennis Earp, Jr.; 10. 9- Devin Moran; 11. 1- Brandon Shepard; 12. 20- Jimmy Owens; 13. 7R- Kent Robinson; 14. 11 R- Josh Rice; 15. 17- Zack Dome; 16. 40B- Kyle Bronson; 17. 18 C Chase Junghans; 18. 19R- Ryan Justin; 19. 8-Kyle Strickler; 20. 46- Earl Pearson Jr.; 21. 10S- Garrett Smith; 22. 18- Shannon Papp; 23. 0-Scott Blomquist; 24. 157 – Mike Marlar; 25. 22- Chris Ferguson; 26. 11 H-Spencer Hughes; 27. 2S – Stormy Scott; 28. 9Z-Mason Zeigler