Paducah International Raceway
Davenport's demise lifts Tindal to win at Paducah
PADUCAH, Ky. (May 11) — Taking over when race-long leader Tait Davenport ran into trouble on the last lap, John Tindal of Fancy Farm, Ky., won Friday’s Pro Crate Racers of American event at Paducah International Raceway. Tindal earned $1,000 for the victory over the 22-car field.
Davenport, of Paducah, limped home in second spot behind his fellow front-row starter. Sixth-starting Ricky Waggoner of Martin, Tenn., third third followed by Mark Oller of Highland, Ill., and Steve Cole of Benton, Ill.
Davenport jumped into the lead from outside the front row and checked out, dominating the race while Tindal was among a pack further battling for second. The only caution in the 20-lap feature came when Jeff Patterson spun on the 12th lap after contact with Bobby Dauderman.
Davenport resumed his lead but heading into turn three on the final lap, a broken balljoint sent his car into the concrete wall. The pole-starting Tindall slipped by for the victory while Davenport settled for the runner-up spot.
Notes: Tindal’s MasterSbilt Race Car is sponsored by Bluegrass Dental. ... He formerly operated the racetrack. ... Scott Weber was the hard charger with his 18th-to-ninth run. ... Tim Ratajczyk tangled with Emily Crowell in his heat race and nearly flipped over, suffering heavy damage. He made repairs before the consolation but ended up taking a provisional starting spot. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Credence Mott, Matt Santel and Joe Mike III. ... PCRA competitors head for Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway on Saturday to complete the weekend.
PCRA @ Paducah: (1) John Tindal, (2) Tait Davenport, (3) Ricky Waggoner, (4) Mark Oller, (5) Steve Cole, (6) Troy English, (7) Jeff Walston, (8) Cameron Brown, (9) Scott Weber, (10) Caleb Ashby, (11) Adam Ray, (12) Michael Zimmerman, (13) Clayton Miller, (14) Brian Jones, (15) Bobby Dauderman, (16) Tim Ratajczyk, (17) Evan Taylor, (18) Jeff Patterson, (19) Dick Taylor, (20) Kyle McMahon, (21) Emily Crowell, (22) Jeff Bailey. Heat race winners (among 31 cars): Tindal, Davenport, Ashby, Oller. Consolation winner: Walston. Provisional starters: Ratajczyk, Crowell.