Brownstown Speedway will host its biggest event of the season tonight with the 36th annual Jackson 100 paying $20,000 to the winner.
Also on the race program will be modifieds and super stocks.
Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia, comes into the event as one of the pre-race favorites. Davenport currently leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship point’s standings over the defending Jackson 100 winner, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee, by just 90-points.
In the previous 35-year history of the Jackson 100, Columbus area drivers have fared very well. Russ Petro was the first two-time winner of the race, taking wins in 1982 and 1983. Petro started the event eight times.
Dick Phillips of Columbus started the race seven times, followed by Pete Willoughby with four starts. Other area drivers to make the event include Jason Setser with two starts and Zak Blackwood and Gary Burton with one start apiece. North Vernon’s Mark Barber is the only Jennings County racer to make the event. He has started the Jackson 100 nine times.
Davenport captured the World 100 last weekend at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. So far this season Davenport has 18 feature wins totaling more than $400,000 in first-place prize money.
Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh currently leads the track’s weekly late model points’ standings. Steve Barnett is second followed by Alan Magner of North Vernon, Matt Bex and Jeremy Hines. Stapleton will be trying to make his second Jackson 100 of his career. He made the event in 2013.
Joe Godsey also of Edinburgh leads the modified point’s standings over Jared Bailey, Dennis Boknecht, Webb Lee and Jarod Fleetwood.
Tyler Cain of Seymour sits atop the super stock points. Cain leads Matt Boknecht, David Brewer, Danny Hupp of Scipio and Tom Ault heading into tonight’s action at Brownstown.
The current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings are: 1. Jonathan Davenport, 5,885; 2. Scott Bloomquist 5,795; 3. Jimmy Owens 5,575; 4. Earl Pearson Jr., 5,465; 5. Don O’Neal, 5,410; 6. Brandon Sheppard, 5,095; 7. Dennis Erb Jr., 5,075; 8. Eddie Carrier Jr., 5,025; 9. Steve Francis, 5,020; 10. Jared Landers, 4,920.
Elizabethtown racer nets win
Jerry Adams of Elizabethtown picked up his first Super Stock feature win of the season on Sept. 12 at Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon. It was Adams’ first feature win since 2012.
His car is sponsored by Mike Burton Racing, Drain Master, Paul’s Columbus Auto Salvage, BC Chassis, Wedan Street and Performance and Victory Circles. His crew consists of Stephanie Barnett, James and Glenda Griffith, Jaden Mayhan and Zoey Adams.
Flashback 40 years ago (1975)
Paul Crockett won the late model feature at Brownstown over Bob Fleetwood and Terrence Johnson. Kenny Mize of Columbus won the hobby stock feature over Butch Kauffman of Columbus and Mike Jones.
At Twin Cities, Bud Seymour won the 6-cylinder feature over Scott Schirmer and Curly Mahoney Jr. Columbus drivers swept the top three positions in the hobby stock feature with Dave Wright winning over Powell Ballard and Bill Mann.
At Bloomington, Russ Petro of Columbus won the stock car feature over John Warner of Columbus and Jim Graves. Calvin Gilstrap won the sprint car feature over Ron Dorsett and Mike Johnson.
Local racing results
Twin Cities Raceway Park (Sept. 12)
Late Model feature: 1. John Whitney; 2. Bill Sheets; 3. Steve Barnett; 4. Tory Collins; 5. Tom Collini.
Modified feature: 1. Jacoby Hines; 2. Karlie Holt; 3. Greg Amick; 4. Bill Wagner; 5. Billy Cooper.
Super Stock feature: 1. Jerry Adams; 2. Clayton Perry; 3. Branden Carr; 4. Steve Hollars; 5. Colton Sullivan.
Pure Stock feature: 1. Mark Bruce; 2. Troy Clark; 3. Roger Absher; 4. Frankie Oakes; 5. Jeff Patterson.
Hornet feature: 1. Todd Cain; 2. Austin Burton; 3. Jerry Gibson; 4. Cody Clarkson; 5. Cody Perry.
Shelby County Fairgrounds (Sept. 12)
MTQRL feature: 1. Callie Wolsiffer; 2. Ronnie Combs; 3. Cody Kiewitt; 4. Aaron Percell; 5. Brayton Leisure.
Lincoln Park Speedway-Putnamville (Sept. 12)
Modified feature: 1. Devin Gilpin; 2. Tim Prince; 3. Jay Humphrey Jr.; 4. Cullen Goodman; 5. Roger Mills.
Non-wing Sprint feature: 1. C.J. Leary; 2. Brent Beauchamp; 3. Max McGhee; 4. Chad Boespflug; 5. Shane Cockrum.
Super Stock feature: 1. Tyler Cain; 2. Josh Boller; 3. Jonathan Newgent; 4. Jim Pfeiffer; 5. Kenny Carmichael Jr.
Eldora Speedway (Sept. 10)
First Late Model feature: 1. Dale McDowell; 2. Darrell Lanigan; 3. Mike Marlar; 4. Chris Madden; 5. Shane Clanton.
Second Late Model feature: 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Jimmy Owens; 3. Jeep Van Wormer; 4. Dennis Erb Jr.; 5. Jonathan Davenport.
First Late Model feature: 1. Billy Moyer; 2. Mike Marlar; 3. Shannon Babb; 4. Don O’Neal; 5. Jonathan Davenport.
Second Late Model feature: 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Matt Westfall; 3. Darrell Lanigan; 4. Steve Francis; 5. Jared Landers.
World 100 Late Model feature: 1. Jonathan Davenport; 2. Bobby Pierce; 3. Scott Bloomquist; 4. Jared Landers; 5. Steve Francis.
Upcoming racing schedule
Brownstown Speedway (812-358-5332)
Tonight: 36th Annual Jackson 100 for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Modifieds and Super Stocks.
Lawrenceburg Speedway (812-539-4700)
Tonight: Non-wing Sprints, Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets.
Salem Speedway (812-883-6504)
Tonight: ARCA Racing Series 200, plus Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.
Eldora Speedway (937-338-3815)
Friday: World of Outlaw Sprints and Modifieds.
Sept. 26: USAC National Midgets, Sprints and Silver Crown.
James Essex is the Republic motorsports columnist. He can be reached at email@example.com.