Graveol Grabs Two Top 10’s In Pevely, MO


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PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting back to action in the US, David Gravel and his Roth Motorsports team picked up fifth and ninth place finishes with the World of Outlaw STP Sprint Cars during Ironman weekend in Pevely, MO.

“I really like the I-55 Raceway, and was happy with how we raced all weekend,” Gravel said.

In a marathon event on Friday night, Gravel kicked the night off by timing his Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/3H Cattle entry in with the fastest lap in time trials, giving him his seventh quick time award for the season.

Being in the first heat race, Gravel was able to finish in the fourth spot to lock into the Dash, before enduring a two hour delay for rain and fence repair. Getting back on the track almost three hours after his heat race, the Watertown, CT driver finished the dash in the third position, putting himself in the second row for the 30-lap feature event.

Even after the rain shower, the track was in great shape for the feature event, and Gravel battled in the lead pack much of the race, as he went wheel to wheel with Kerry Madsen, Donny Schatz, and Daryn Pittman.

With Madsen and Schatz breaking away, Gravel battled with Pittman for the fourth spot, and when the checkered flew on the 30th lap, Gravel was right on Pittman’s rear bumper as he finished in the fifth spot as the event came to a close just shy of 2am local time.

Back in action later in the day on Saturday for the Ironman 55, Gravel went out late for time trials on the extremely slick track, and it resulted in him timing his mount in 17th fastest.

Finishing in the fifth spot of his heat race, Gravel made the transfer into the feature event, though he had his work cut out for him as he lined up for the 55-lap feature event in the ninth row.

With the first 16 laps going green, Gravel slowly worked his way towards the Top-10 as he ran in the in the 13th spot, before the race resumed.

Following a caution on the 20th lap, the final 35 laps would be ran with no issues, and Gravel came into his own, as he found some racing real estate to his liking.

Working into the Top-10, Gravel battled Chad Kemmenah and Greg Wilson, and when the grueling race came to a close, Gravel took the checkered in the ninth spot.

Making the all night journey to Knoxville, IA to compete in the Capitani Classic on Sunday for one final test before the Knoxville Nationals, Gravel timed his entry in 18th fastest with 71 cars on hand to kick off Knoxville Nationals week.