Jonathan Davenport (#49) of Blairsville, Ga. did the unimaginable Saturday night during the running of the 50th World 100 at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Ohio. The driver known as "Superman" swooped past the hottest racer in America, fellow Georgian Brandon Overton, on a lap 55 restart, to make the winning pass for the $53,000 payday at the most prestigious event of the season.
The victory is J.D's 4th "globe" winning in 2015 - 17' and 19' all with different race teams. Tennessean Scott Bloomquist (whom lead the first 17 laps Saturday) and legend Larry Moore are the only other racers to have won the World 100 four times. As for the runner-up Winfield, Tn.'s Mike Marlar came from 26th to challenge Davenport briefly. Overton slipped to third just ahead of New York's Tim McCreadie and North Carolina's Chris Ferguson. Chickamauga's Dale McDowell finished 7th just behind Brandon Shepard of Illinois. Bloomquist faltered to 16th while "Air Force" Ashton Winger of Hampton, GA was 27th overall.
Teams head to Fairbury, Il. Monday for a $15,000 to win Castrol Race Night in America event.
Closer to home, Fort Payne Motor Speedway hosted the United Championship Racing Alliance presented by Red Line Synthetic Oil for their season finale Saturday night. Ooltewah's Andy Pickelsimer picked up the 604/Crate Late Model $2,500 victory.
At Sugar Creek Raceway in Blue Ridge, Ga. the Topless Outlaw Late Model series duked it out for a $3,000 prize. Cleveland's John Ownbey and two time Dirt Track World Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga went wheel to wheel. RJ kept his winning streak intact taking his 5th consecutive victory of the series. The "X-Man" Shawn Chastain of Murphy, NC won the $1,500 Super Late Model feature and Booger Brooks (#24) of Chattanooga won the $800 Sportsman feature.
In Dayton/Spring City just north of Chattanooga, Michael Smith (#15) of Crossville was victorious in the Late Model feature at the little 1/4 mile bull ring race track.
At North Georgia Speedway in Dalton/Chatsworth Jake Green (#41) of Lafayette won Sportsman and home-track racer Colby Kilgore won Limited Late Model Saturday. And finally Bobby Giffen of Maryville won the I-75 Raceway Late Model feature.