Davenport takes big Crate win at KLMS
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By David Green

Tribune-Courier Sports

sports@tribunecourier.com

GILBERTSVILLE – Matt Mevert and Benton’s Tait Davenport were the winners of Saturday night’s twin 35-lap features paying $3,000 first-place prize money in stock car racing action at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.

Mevert, of Steeleville, Illinois, led all the way to claim the UMP Modified feature, while Davenport had to fight side-by-side with Todd Coffman before taking the lead on the 11th lap and going to claim the Pro (Crate) Late Model victory.

In other feature events on the program, Randy Sellars of Mayfield won the 25-lap Late Model main and Mike Lentz of Herrin, Illinois, won for the second time this year in Stock Car.

In the Crate feature, Davenport gunned his car from his third-place starting spot underneath the front row pair of Coffman and Chris Shelton. The trio raced three-wide until Coffman assumed a narrow lead, with Davenport beside him. The two drivers battled door-to-door until Davenport dropped in behind Coffman and then shot underneath him in Turn 1 of lap 11. He was in front the next time past the flagstand and held command the rest of the way.

Shelton took second, with Coffman third, Cameron Brown of Calvert City fourth and Jeff Walston fifth.

Brown, Shelton and Davenport were heat race winners.

It was a big weekend for Davenport, who finished second on Friday night in the Crate Late Model feature at Paducah International Raceway.

In the Modified main, Mevert outdistanced Brian Barber, Hunter Rasden, Chad Kinder and Matt Cooper to win the Modified main in his first visit this year to the KLMS. He took the lead from his outside front-row starting spot and was never seriously challenged.

A full field of 30 cars started the race after a 12-lap consolation race decided the last six starting spots.

Mevert, Kinder, Barber and Bryce Jewell won heat races and Todd Riley won the consolation race. Don Brantley and Dustin Rollins escaped injury in a tangle on the front straightaway at the end of the first lap, with Brantley’s car doing two complete barrel rolls. Brantley first made contact with the car driven by Chase Copeland and as he spun, he collected Rollins’ car.

Sellars led all the way to win over Jarryd Holshouser, with Jimmy Miller third. Austin Rettig, Chris Shelton and Jeffrey Bailey rounded out the six-car field.

Lentz also led all the way, but had to fight off repeated challenges, first from Kassidi Gibbs, then Dale Nelson, then Mike Hodges and Nelson again before taking the checkered flag. Nelson was second, followed by Tya Cunningham, Gibbs and Hodges.

NOTES: At PIR on Friday night, Kinder was the Modified winner, while Kevin Cole won the Crate Late Model feature and Hodges was the Street Stock winner. Mat Hartman won the Outlaw Warriors race.

Benton drivers Justin Story and Todd Riley were fifth and sixth in the Modified feature.

n Stock Car feature winner Mike Lentz is the first two-time winner in eight Stock Car features this year at KLMS. Lentz was one of seven different winners in the first seven races for the division, taking his first checkered flag on May 17.

Tanner English (Late Model), Trent Young (Modified) and Jeff Walston (Crate) are all four-time winners in races this season at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

THIS WEEK: Another special event is on tap Saturday at KLMS with Late Model competitors racing for $3,000 to win, while Stock Car drivers will compete for $1,500 first-place prize money. Modified and Crate competitors will run their usual programs, with $700 and $600 going to the winner.

The usual prize money for Late Model is $1,000, while the Stock Car feature normally pays $500 to win.

The old-school coupes and sedans of the Kentucky Vintage Racing Association will be an addition to Saturday night’s program. The cars are modern chassis with genuine steel bodies from cars manufactured from 1930 through 1948.

n At Paducah International Raceway, fan appreciation night will be celebrated, with half-price grandstand admission.

The usual program of racing in Modified, Crate, Street Stock and Outlaw Warriors will be presented at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in southern McCracken County.

n At Beacon Dragway in Paducah, Summit Series bracket racing will feature Saturday competition on the 1/8-mile in Super Pro, No Box, Street- Trophy, Junior Dragster and Motorcycle classes.
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