ROSSBURG, Ohio – Jonathan Davenport won the 45th World 100 and became just the fourth driver to sweep the major dirt late model races at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Davenport, who won the Dirt Late Model Dream and $100,000 in June passed Jared Landers for good on lap 66 and won the $48,000 payout for the World 100 in front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd.
Donnie Moran swept the races in 1996 and 1998, while Billy Moyer did so in 2010.
It was an incredible race for Davenport as he started 18th, but worked his way to the front to win his first World 100.
“How about coming from 18th?” Davenport said. “This thing started circling on that bottom and I knew we were going to have a race car then. I just kept circling that bottom and circling that bottom and when the track cleaned up I knew it was time for me to go to the top. I love this place and I love this car. I had great horsepower as well.”
Jared Landers started second, but took the lead over pole sitter Scott Bloomquist at the start. Landers led for the first 61 laps before Davenport, from Williamston, South Carolina, battled him for the next five laps.
They traded slide jobs throughout most of the racing surface, making contact once when Landers re-passed Davenport, before Davenport cleared him on lap 64. Landers was with him for two more laps before Davenport pulled away.
From there he led the rest of the way and beat young Bobby Pierce, who started fifth.
“I have to thank all you fans,” Davenport said. “You guys are great. This is unbelievable. We have a dream season and now we have a world season.”
Pierce was second, while four-time World 100 winner Bloomquist was third. Landers, from Batesville, Arkansas, was fourth, while Steve Francis, who started 13th, finished fifth.
The race was made possible by the hard work of the Eldora employees who worked for hours on the track after rain canceled Friday night’s racing action.
The racing started at 10:30 am on Saturday and they ran the scheduled Friday show before completely reconditioning the track again for the Saturday night show.
The next event at Eldora is the 34th Annual Four Crown Nationals. The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds are featured on September 25. The USAC National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown tours are showcased on Saturday, September 26.
RESULTS: 45th Annual World 100
DIRTcar UMP Late Models
1. 6-Jonathan Davenport; 2. 32P-Bobby Pierce; 3. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 4. 777-Jared Landers; 5. 15F-Steve Francis; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell; 7. 44M-Chris Madden; 8. 25C-Shane Clanton; 9. 28M-Jimmy Mars; 10. 157-Mike Marlar; 11. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr. ; 12. 18B-Shannon Babb; 13. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.; 14. R5-Chris Simpson; 15. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. ; 16. 71C-RJ Conley; 17. 3s-Brian Shirley; 18. 25F-Jason Feger; 19. 29-Darrell Lanigan; 20. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr. ; 21. 55-Jeep VanWormer; 22. 21B-Chris Brown; 23. 99M-Devin Moran; 24. 1*-Chub Frank; 25. 33-Tim Manville; 26. 21-Billy Moyer; 27. 75P-Terry Phillips; 28. 20-Jimmy Owens; 29. 22F-Chris Ferguson; 30. 5-Don O’Neal.