Tampa, FL (Sunday, February 10, 2019) - The first points night of the Winternationals for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was Friday night from East Bay Raceway Park. The night started with drama when a red flag was displayed in Heat one after Vic Hill spun in turn four, collecting Michael Lake sending Lake onto his side. Both drivers were ok. Heat race winners included Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb, Earl Pearson, Jr. and Colton Flinner; Stormy Scott and Terry Casey won the B-Mains. The Strawberry Dash proved to be exciting as well, when Austin Rettig made a last lap pass to claim the final transfer spot into the $12,000 to win main event.
In the main event, it looked like another sure win for Tyler Erb, as he lead the way until the 12-laps to go mark, when Davenport showed persistence making his way back up to claim the win. Davenport, who had challenged for the win early, fell back within the top 10 for several laps. A number of cautions plagued the race before the three-wide battle for the top spot, involving Davenport, Erb and Pearson, Jr. - they would finish in that order. Scott Bloomquist and Devin Moran finished out the top five.
On Saturday, Tanner English, Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson, Jr. and Tyler Erb all collected heat race wins; Terry Casey and Shannon Buckingham got the B-Main wins, with Vic Hill winning the Strawberry Dash.
That set the field for what would be the final race of the week at East Bay. It looked as though Benton, Kentucky’s Tanner English was going to grab a win with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series but defending Series Champion Jonathan Davenport had other plans. The two battled for a number of laps before Davenport took the lead for good with just five laps to go. Davenport would go on to win his 39th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature, with Tyler Erb and Devin Moran finishing out the podium; English, who lead 40 of 50 laps, finished fourth ahead of Justin Williams. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was scheduled to finish Speedweeks at Bubba Raceway Park on Sunday, however, Mother Nature put an early end to their season opening week of racing. They’ll next be in action at Atomic Speedway on March 15th.