Jonathan Davenport In A Pavement Late Model? Bubba Pollard Thinks So

Jonathan Davenport In A Pavement Late Model? Bubba Pollard Thinks So

Will we ever see Jonathan Davenport race on pavement again? Bubba Pollard seems to think it could happen sooner rather than later.

Nov 8, 2023 by Rob Blount

Jonathan Davenport is going to go down as one of the best drivers in the history of Dirt Late Model racing. His accomplishments are undeniable. But there was once a time when “Superman” was pursuing a NASCAR career and did most of his racing on pavement instead of the dirt. And if pavement Super Late Model star Bubba Pollard gets his way, we might see Davenport on pavement once again.

Pollard was speaking with FloRacing’s Derek “Suave” Kessinger on Castrol’s Fast Five this week and mentioned that he would love to see Davenport race a pavement Late Model again.

“Me and Jonathan really raced against each other way back,” said Pollard. “Nobody really knows it. Back in the day when we were racing Legend cars when Jonathan used to run some asphalt stuff.”

Davenport, who grew up in Georgia, was hoping to make it in NASCAR before switching back to dirt racing. We’re talking about 20 years ago, but Davenport won a bunch of Legends races at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Citrus County Speedway and beyond. 

At this point it’s basically a footnote on his long and illustrious stats page, but Davenport even raced a Pro Late Model in the Snowflake 100 during Snowball Derby week at Five Flags Speedway in 2001. He finished 33rd. 


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Soon after that, Davenport switched back to dirt and the rest, as they say, is history. He’s since gone on to win the second ever Eldora Million, three Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championships along with 75 wins, five World 100s, two Dirt Late Model Dreams and so much more.

Davenport even got to see his NASCAR dream come true earlier this year, albeit on the dirt still, when he ran a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and NASCAR Cup Series race on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.

But if Pollard gets his way, we might see Davenport come full circle and get back behind the wheel of pavement Late Model once again.

“Me and him have talked about it a time or two,” Pollard said. “It’s a good possibility you might see Superman in a Bubba Pollard asphalt car here before too long. I think it’s something that could possibly happen here pretty soon.”