Jonathan Davenport: “I thought maybe the tire was going down.”
Back in early November, it was announced that Jonathan Davenport would join Lance Landers Racing out of Batesville, Arkansas.
The team set their sights on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. They’ve been fast, right out of the box. Of the four races so far, they’ve collected 3 top 5’s.
Davenport swept the night last night at East Bay Raceway Park. On the final lap, Overton nearly snatched the win away. However, Davenport was able to hang on, claiming his first win with the Lance Landers Motorsports team.
Hear from both Jonathan Davenport and team owner Lance Landers below:
“It was pretty good,” Jonathan Davenport told RacingNews.co after his win at East Bay Raceway Park. “It’s hard with this competition to be able to go out there and set fast time overall, win the heat and win the feature.”
“I guess it makes us feel good. I knew we had a fast car. We’ve been setting fast times and getting heat race wins. We just haven’t been able to close out the feature.”
“My guys put their heads together today, all of us. We made some changes on the car and got it a lot better.”
“There at the end, I really don’t know what happened. Lap 20 on, it just really wasn’t the same. I don’t know if we got something binding up, shocks. I thought maybe the tire was going down. I couldn’t really tell.”
“We just gotta get a little bit better, in a longer race. We got the qualifying and the heat race down. We’re good up to 20 laps. We just gotta get a little bit better.”
Two days ago, Jonathan Davenport was charging to the front. It looked like he was heading to a battle for the lead. He ended up finishing 4th. Was that the same thing?
“I was probably over-driving it on Monday, when I did get to 2nd. We got almost to the lead there.”
“I was just way too tight to rotate 3-4 like I needed to, to make a pass. Probably trying a little too hard. I knew, between 3rd to 4th, there really wasn’t much difference in pay.”
“Just trying to get by 1st and 2nd cause they was right there in front of me on the top. It just didn’t work out.”
“We changed some stuff. It definitely made it better.”
Tonight, they re-rack the field at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida. This time, the feature event is extended to 40 laps. It was 30 laps in the previous two night.
Did you expect to win this soon out of the box?
“Well, that’s a big question. But, I felt good that we had a shot at winning,” Lance Landers tells RacingNews.co after the win.
“It all boiled down to the team getting together. Yeah. I really felt like we’d win one at Brunswick.”
Brunswick was the first race of the year for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour. Jonathan Davenport finished 3rd on Friday. Then they followed that up with a 10th place finish after nose damage on lap 1 of the Golden Isles feature.
Yeah, or Monday
“Or last night, maybe. We had a shot at it. It didn’t look good early in the race,” Landers refers to Monday’s race at East Bay.
“You know, we’re still a little bit off. We’ve got a few things to work on. There’s a lot of competition out here. It’s not like we’re going to come out here and dominate or even that we we think we can.”
“We take every one of these races, one race at a time.”