This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, there will be lots of learning happening within the helmet of veteran dirt racer Jonathan Davenport, as he makes his NASCAR National Series debut at the half-mile dirt track.
Davenport, an accomplished dirt widely known as "Superman", will make both his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend in Bristol, Tennessee, driving for two different organizations.
On Saturday, Davenport will attempt to qualify for the third annual WEATHER GUARD Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol, piloting the No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado for Spire Motorsports.
Nutrien Ag Solutions will serve as the primary marketing partner of the race-winning entry in the NASCAR Truck Series, as well as serving as the primary marketing partner on Davenport's No. 13 Chevrolet Camaro for Kaulig Racing.
“I’m really excited to run for Spire Motorsports in the truck race and make one of the biggest weekends of my racing career even bigger,” said Davenport. “Being able to get in a truck for a team that has proven they can get it done will only boost my confidence for the weekend. With the added track time in the Nutrien Ag Solutions No. 7 Silverado, hopefully it’ll shorten my learning curve for both races.”
A native of Blairsville, Georgia, Davenport is a three-time champion of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series and the champion of the 2022 XR Super Series. Last year, the driver made 81 starts, and surpassed $2-million in winnings.
“We’re thrilled to have Jonathan Davenport in our truck at Bristol,” said crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion. “To be able to prepare our truck and work with a someone as accomplished as JD is a tremendous opportunity for Spire Motorsports. We expect to race for wins every time we unload and having JD in the seat Saturday night at Bristol raises the bar a little bit higher.”
Davenport joins a year-long roster for Spire Motorsports that will include Corey LaJoie, and Alex Bowman. The entry has competed in two of the first five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events.