CALVERT CITY, Ky. – Tait Davenport chased Brent Lewis for 34 laps before finally getting past Lewis as the white flag waved.
Davenport thought he was gaining second place.
However, first-place finisher Wendell Wallace’s car came up light on the scales in post-race inspection, and when Wallace was disqualified, that made Davenport the winner of Saturday night’s Pro (Crate) Late Model feature and a $4,000 first-place prize.
Wallace, a veteran dirt late model racer, dominated the 35-lap special and was about a half-lap (7.686 seconds) ahead of the battle between Lewis and Davenport at the checkered flag.
He was bidding to be the second driver from Batesville, Arkansas, to take home big prize money from the Kentucky Lake track. Billy Moyer Jr. has won three Late Model features at KLMS this year, all of them special high-paying events.
But his swift No. 77 car was 10 pounds under minimum weight, track officials said. The disqualifcation came after numerous attempts to re-weigh the car and ensure that the measure was accurate, track co-owner Ronnie Jones said.
Davenport, of Benton, worked his way up from fifth starting spot in the 30-car field. He won for the fourth time this season at KLMS.
Jeff Walston was third, Troy English fourth and Tyler Allen rounded out the top five.
In other races on the program, Benton veteran Tim Brown returned to action for the first time since the April 26 Bluegrass Nationals and won the Late Model main event. Jarryd Holshouser, Jeffrey Bailey, Charles LaPlant and Dewayne Kiefer rounded out the finish.
Josh Tomlin won the Modified feature over Bryce Jewell. Jeff Elliott, J.R. Mason and Corey Kellems were second through fifth.
Dale Nelson took the Stock Car feature win, holding off the bid of Mike Hodges, who was trying for a third straight victory. Chase Estes, Mike Lentz and Tya Cunningham completed the top five.
The Crate main was slowed by two caution flags that resulted in complete restarts before the 35-lap chase could get under way. Just before the midway point, on lap 15, a spin by Evan Taylor in Turn 1 triggered a chain-reaction pileup that blocked the track and resulted in a red flag.
Taylor and Neil Neisler were the only ones unable to restart the race. Kolby Vandenbergh, who had worked his way from last-place starting spot to 15th place when he was caught up in the melee, was able to continue and finished 19th.
n Benton’s Troy English won the Crate Late Model feature for the second week in a row at Paducah International Raceway Friday night.
Keaton Downing of GIlbertsville was also a winner, taking the Street Stock main event.
THIS WEEK: A special race paying $4,000 for Modifieds will highlight the program Saturday night at the 3/8-mile dirt KLMS oval. Late Model, Crate and Stock Car races will also be on the program.
The regular program of racing in Modified, Crate, Street Stock and Outlaw Warriors will be on tap at Paducah International Raceway on Friday night.