Continuing the greatest driving season in dirt late model racing history, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia, won the 36th annual Jackson 100 on Sept. 19 at Brownstown Speedway.
Davenport, who started 14th in the $20,000-to-win event, took the lead on the 49th lap and went on for his first win at the track.
This year’s Jackson 100 weekend was a huge success with a packed grandstand on Sept. 19. A total of 215 race cars competed in the two-day extravaganza.
Davenport has now won over $432,000 in first place prize money alone in 2015. This weekend he and the rest of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers head to the historic Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for the 12th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.
There will be preliminary action on Thursday and Friday with a $7,000 to win purse up for grabs each night. Tonight will be the 100-lap finale paying $40,000 to win.
Columbus driver clinches Lawrenceburg title
Joss Moffatt of Columbus clinched the sprint car track championship on Sept. 19 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Moffatt earned the title the hard way by coming from the 20th starting spot to finish third, giving him enough points to clinch the season championship. It was Moffatt’s third career title at Lawrenceburg.
Edinburgh teenager continues best season
Austin Burton of Edinburgh won the Hornet feature on Sept. 18 at Brownstown Speedway for his 15th overall win of the season. Burton has clinched third place in the Bloomington Speedway final points standings and is currently second in the Brownstown points for his division.
Columbus racer wins 43rd feature of season
Devin Gilpin of Columbus won the Bowman 50 for the Indiana Pro Late Model Series on Sept. 18 at Brownstown Speedway. Driving a car normally driven by Shawn Beeman of North Vernon, Gilpin went to victory lane for the second time this year in a Crate late model and for his nation-leading 43rd time this year.
On Sept. 19, Gilpin made his first Jackson 100 in his first ever attempt. Gilpin finished second in his heat race and wound up 16th in the final rundown.
Stewart Racing has good weekend at Brownstown
Joe Godsey of Edinburgh, driving for Tony Stewart Racing, won the modified feature on Sept. 19 at Brownstown Speedway. Godsey outran Gilpin for the win. Godsey currently leads the Brownstown modified points standings and is seeking his second-straight title. He has 16 wins overall this season.
Another Tony Stewart Racing driver, Steve Barnett of Franklin, extended his record streak to 27 starts in the Jackson 100 on Sept. 18 at Brownstown. He finished 17th in the 100-lap affair.
Flashback 40 years ago (1975)
Paul Crockett won the late model feature at Brownstown over Dennis Boknecht and Roger Absher. Jeff Mounce won the hobby stock feature over Harry Brady and Al Murphy.
At Twin Cities, Roger Zellner won the 6-cylinder feature over Dee Kramer and Chuck Gilpin of Columbus. Jack Smith of Columbus won the hobby stock feature over Russ Smiley and Bill Mann of Columbus.
At Bloomington, Paul Crockett won the make-up stockcar feature over Ernie Barrow and Ray Godsey. In the regularly scheduled feature Junior Pace was the winner over Crockett and Dennis Bingham.
Local racing results
Brownstown Speedway (Sept. 18)
Bowman 50 Indiana Pro Late Model feature: 1. Devin Gilpin; 2. Marty O’Neal; 3. Jeremy Hines; 4. Adam Bowman; 5. Grant Garrison.
Pure Stock feature: 1. Chris Workman; 2. Tyler Cain; 3. Rick Gumm; 4. Jim Ruddick; 5. Kaleb Bunch.
Hornet feature: 1. Austin Burton; 2. Dan Morgan; 3. Trent Adams; 4. Todd Cain; 5. Cody Clarkson.
MMSA mini-sprint feature: 1. Mitchell Davis; 2. Lynn Ambrose; 3. Collin Ambrose; 4. Michael Roehling; 5. Colin Parker.
Jackson 100 Lucas Oil Late Model feature: 1. Jonathan Davenport; 2. Mike Marlar; 3. Devin Moran; 4. Brandon Sheppard; 5. Don O’Neal.
Modified feature: 1. Joe Godsey; 2. Devin Gilpin; 3. Tyler Nicely; 4. Jeremy Owens; 5. Clint DeMoss.
Super Stock feature: 1. Tyler Cain; 2. Matt Boknecht; 3. Mike Fields; 4. Jason Hehman; 5. Tim Eddelman.
Salem Speedway (Sept. 19)
ARCA Racing Series 200: 1. Grant Enfinger; 2. Ken Schrader; 3. Will Kimmel; 4. Tyler Dippel; 5. Chase Briscoe.
Lawrenceburg Speedway (Sept. 19)
Non-wing Sprint feature: 1. Dickie Gaines; 2. Shawn Westerfeld; 3. Joss Moffatt; 4. Landon Simon; 5. Garrett Abrams.
Modified feature: 1. Joey Kramer; 2. Matt Hamilton; 3. Kyle Herbert; 4. Broc Burton; 5. Scotty Kincaid.
Pure Stock feature: 1. J.D. Largent; 2. Will McRoberts; 3. Corebin McRoberts; 4. Mike Ackman; 5. Houston Roark.
Hornet feature: 1. T.J. Dalton; 2. Doug Baird; 3. Kendall Eberhart; 4. Darren Batchelor; 5. Justin Dalton.
Terre Haute Action Track (Sept. 18)
USAC Sprint feature: 1. Robert Ballou; 2. Chris Windom; 3. Dave Darland; 4. Jon Stanbrough; 5. Jerry Coons Jr.
Tri-State Speedway (Sept. 19)
USAC Sprint feature: 1. Brady Short; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr.; 3. Dakota Jackson; 4. Brady Bacon; 5. Chase Stockon.
Upcoming racing schedule
Brownstown Speedway (812-358-5332)
Tonight: Super Late Models, Indiana Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets.
Twin Cities Raceway Park (812-346-7223)
Tonight: 410 Non-wing Sprints, Mini-Sprints, Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets.
Eldora Speedway (937-338-3815)
Tonight: USAC National Midgets, Sprints and Silver Crown.
Lincoln Park Speedway (765-653-3485)
Tonight: Non-wing Sprints, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Bombers.