If you have been living under a rock the past number of months, Jonathan Davenport has pretty much had the 2019 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship wrapped up for many weeks now, officially notching his third series title, last weekend during the Dirt Track World Championship, LOLMDS season finale at Portsmouth Raceway Park. This championship run marked Davenports third series title (2015, 2018 & 2019), tying him with Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist for the second most division triumphs of all-time, sitting just one title behind Earl Pearson, Jr., for the number one spot.
When the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series debuted in 2005, EPJ quickly became the series' first superstar, taking home the first four tour championship trophies, from the inaugural season, through the end of 2008, before handing the reigns over to a two-year run by Scott Bloomquist, followed by a three-season run by Jimmy Owens. Don O'Neal would capture his first division title in 2014, with Jonathan Davenport breaking through for the first time in 2015 and Josh Richards doing the same in 2017, becoming the sixth series champion in over a decade of competition. Sprinkle in a third championship for Bloomquist in 2016 and the first back-to-back run by any driver since Owens won three-in-a-row, as mentioned before, by Davenport in 2018 along with number three over the weekend in Portsmouth, and that is the history of the series' champions.
Davenport has visited victory-lane on many occasions in 2019, but what has set himself over the top and made it an fairly easy last stretch to the finish line, was his second-to-none consistency throughout the summer and into the home stretch. As his competitors started having issues, bad luck, and overall struggles, JD remained on an uphill swing throughout the warm weather, which proved to be the difference in a huge points gap going into last weekend's championship finale at Portsmouth Raceway Park. With his successes in 2019, and previously in 2018 and 2015, along with a number of consistent top-five points finishes in other years, the question now becomes; will 2020 become the year that Davenport becomes only the second ever driver to nab four Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship titles?
Entering the 2020 season, Jonathan Davenport will undoubtedly be penciled in as the early championship favorite, with a healthy Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden (if he returns to SBR), Tim McCreadie, Josh Richards, young Tyler Erb, and Jimmy Owens, following in the pre-season odds. Along with those drivers, some other young guys throwing their hat in the ring and the always unpredictable silly season news that will obviously play a role, as well as the possibility of a third party team/driver jumping on the LOLMDS tour, and the 2020 season may be one of the most competitive in division history.
Even with the long-list of competitive teams more-than-likely either returning or joining the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship fight, next season, it is going to take a near-perfect run by a team/driver to dethrone Davenport at the top of the points tally. With all of that being said, Superman not only enters the 2020 season as the overwhelming favorite, but most fans would likely be more surprised if he somehow didn't take home the championship, rather than if he took care of business and did.
With all of those facts, scenarios, and notes laid out in front of you, the decision is yours, will Jonathan Davenport tie Earl Pearson, Jr. with the most Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship titles, with four, in 2020?
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