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David Gravel Earns Victory on Opening Night of FVP Knoxville Nationals

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car points leader Pittman charges from 24th to 5th

KNOXVILLE, Iowa. – Aug. 7, 2013 – David Gravel earned the biggest victory of his young career when he drove around Greg Hodnett early then held off Brad Sweet to the checkered flag during Wednesday’s opening night of the 53rd FVP Knoxville Nationals featuring the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Knoxville Raceway.

Gravel, the leading contender for the series’ Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, got off to a stellar to start. Taking the green in fourth, he was in second by the end of the first lap when a caution then flew as Johnny Herrera’s machine rolled to a stop on the front stretch. On the restart, Gravel shot to the lead on the low side of turn one around Greg Hodnett. The start, however, was called back as Shane Stewart hit the orange cone, leading to a caution to assess the penalty.

 

On the following restart Hodnett went to the bottom to defend the line. Gravel then shot to the top, and after another lap and a half used his momentum to swing the FMR Racing-sponsored car to the lead. Gravel led the rest of the race nearly unchallenged until the final front stretch run, where his car stumbled from running out of fuel.

 

Kings Royal champion Brad Sweet finished second after starting fifth. Tim Kaeding worked his Roth Enterprises KPC up to the third spot after starting 12th. World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader Daryn Pittman finished fifth in the feature event after starting dead-last in 24th, earning the KSE Hard Charger award.

Gravel, 21, started off the night by qualifying 11th out of 49 cars. Paul McMahan, who is the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series leading qualifier, collected the fast time award again in the CJB Motorsports car, earning an important 200 event points with a 15.210 second qualifying effort.

Gravel’s win came with a few tight squeezes in lapped traffic.

“There were definitely a few close calls,” said the driver of the Bill Rose Racing J&J. “This has to be my biggest win, the biggest stage and the most people watching. Everyone wants to win here, and I’ve been close a few times so to finally get one is amazing. With three to go we started running out of fuel and just limped to the finish line.”

Sweet had a strong run, but was never able to mount a charge to challenge for the lead.

“We have been good here in the past, but last year we kind of struggled,” said Sweet, driver of the Kasey Kahne Racing Ollie’s Bargain Outlet car. “We’ve been here for a few weeks here practicing. We had a really close heat race and it was nice to finish second in the feature so that we lock ourselves in on Saturday and that’s what it is all about. He was basically nowhere to be seen after the restart and I was just racing for second. Saturday night is a whole different story with a 50-lap feature and that’s what it is all about.”

Kaeding used a last-lap pass to secure a podium finish.

“Greg kind of got stuck behind a lapped car and we just committed to the top and we were able to roll around him there,” said Kaeding, of San Jose, Calif. “Starting 12th you put yourself a little deep and we worked our way through it. Hopefully we can make it into the main event Saturday. Hopefully we don’t have to run Friday, just the Speed Sport News World Challenge and that’s about the only thing we’ve got Friday, then roll into the track Saturday and work on making the feature event.”

Heat racing action was wild with eight spot inversions for the five heat races. Paul McMahan earned a feature starting spot by finishing fourth after starting eighth. Neither Donny Schatz nor Daryn Pittman would be so lucky. Both drivers started seventh in their respective heats and were unable to finish in the top four, relegating them to the Last Chance Showdown.

As Pittman earned the hard charger award in the A-Main, Schatz was also on the move. Starting 23rd, he advanced 13 positions to finish 10th as he attempts to win his seventh FVP Knoxville Nationals title in the past eight years.

Shane Stewart, who won at Knoxville last weekend, finished sixth in Wednesday’s feature event, but combined it with a fourth-place qualifying effort and a second-place finish in heat race action to tie Justin Henderson atop the event point standings with 481 points. Stewart owns the tie-breaker of best feature finish. Sweet collected 480 for third most points while McMahan and Gravel rounded out the top five.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings will be unaffected this week as the drivers will be awarded a flat 75 points due to the unique format of the FVP Knoxville Nationals.

The second half of the field competes Thursday night, including Outlaws Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana, Cody Darrah, Kerry Madsen and Craig Dollansky, who is coming off a victory in the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; FVP Knoxville Nationals Night 1; Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway; Aug. 7, 2013

A-Main (25 laps): 1. David Gravel (4) ($12,000); 2. Brad Sweet (5); 3. Tim Kaeding (12); 4. Greg Hodnett (1); 5. Daryn Pittman (24); 6. Shane Stewart (6); 7. Justin Henderson (7); 8. Paul McMahan (8); 9. Jason Sides (21); 10. Donny Schatz (23); 11. Jason Johnson (13); 12. Brandon Wimmer (15); 13. Brady Bacon (20); 14. Lynton Jeffrey (22); 15. Randy Hannagan (11); 16. Don Droud Jr. (9); 17. James McFadden (18); 18. Ian Madsen (3); 19. Jeff Swindell (10); 20. Skylar Prochaska (16); 21. Bob Weuve (19); 22. Kraig Kinser (14); 23. Josh Schneiderman (2); 24. Johnny Herrera (17). Lap leaders: Greg Hodnett (1-2), David Gravel (3-25). KSE Hard Charger: Daryn Pittman (+19)

Qualifying: 1. 51, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (27), 15.21; 2. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (7), 15.218; 3. 1D, Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD (19), 15.227; 4. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (38), 15.253; 5. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (1), 15.274; 6. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (32), 15.289; 7. 49K, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (26), 15.296; 8. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (14), 15.312; 9. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (15), 15.335; 10. 1KL, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (12), 15.388; 11. 6, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (25), 15.42; 12. 2B, Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH (11), 15.432; 13. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (6), 15.444; 14. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (20), 15.462; 15. 39, Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA (8), 15.477; 16. 7K, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (9), 15.477; 17. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (17), 15.528; 18. 48, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (4), 15.529; 19. 63, Chad Kemenah, Elvada, OH (35), 15.53; 20. 54, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (34), 15.533; 21. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (41), 15.538; 22. 94, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (37), 15.539; 23. 11N, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (48), 15.547; 24. 83JR, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (42), 15.56; 25. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (22), 15.569; 26. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (18), 15.585; 27. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (28), 15.605; 28. 0, Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (21), 15.617; 29. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (10), 15.632; 30. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (39), 15.649; 31. 19M, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (13), 15.668; 32. 9w, Brandon Wimmer, Fairmount, IN (36), 15.724; 33. 1a, Jacob Allen, Hanover, PA (3), 15.731; 34. 35, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (31), 15.759; 35. 45x, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM (29), 15.761; 36. 55xm, James McFadden, Brisbane, QLD, Aust. (33), 15.766; 37. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (5), 15.77; 38. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (44), 15.806; 39. 10V, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust (24), 15.882; 40. 2s, Lee Sowell, Lake Cormorant, MS (40), 15.931; 41. 93, Dustin Morgan, Tulsa, OK (49), 15.966; 42. 17w, Cole Wood, Auburn, CA (2), 16.031; 43. 2m, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (46), 16.047; 44. 40, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (23), 16.106; 45. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (16), 16.187; 46. 16, Dustin Clark, Agency, IA (45), 16.218; 47. 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE (47), 17.133; 48. 12P, TJ Peterson, Des Moines, IA (43), 17.147; 49. 45J, Mark Johnson, Des Moines, IA (30).

Heat 1 (10 laps, top four to the A-main): 1. Don Droud Jr. (4); 2. James McFadden (1); 3. David Gravel (6); 4. Paul McMahan (8); 5. Dustin Selvage (5); 6. Brent Marks (2); 7. Jason Sides (7); 8. Tasker Phillips (3); 9. Dustin Morgan (9); 10. Dustin Clark (10).

Heat 2 (10 laps, top four to the A-main): 1. Brandon Wimmer (2); 2. Jeff Swindell (4); 3. Brad Sweet (7); 4. Bob Weuve (1); 5. Ed Lynch Jr. (3); 6. Lynton Jeffrey (8); 7. Sammy Swindell (5); 8. Dale Blaney (6); 9. Cole Wood (9); 10. Ron Krysl (10).

Heat 3 (10 laps, top four to the A-main): 1. Randy Hannagan (4); 2. Justin Henderson (8); 3. Brady Bacon (1); 4. Ian Madsen (6); 5. Donny Schatz (7); 6. Jacob Allen (2); 7. Jonathan Allard (3); 8. Danny Dietrich (5); 9. Matt Moro (9); 10. TJ Peterson (10).

Heat 4 (10 laps, top four to the A-main): 1. Tim Kaeding (4); 2. Shane Stewart (8); 3. Skylar Prochaska (2); 4. Josh Schneiderman (6); 5. Daryn Pittman (7); 6. Austin McCarl (3); 7. Glen Saville (1); 8. Caleb Helms (9); 9. Chad Kemenah (5); 10. Mark Johnson (10).

Heat 5 (10 laps, top four to the A-main): 1. Johnny Herrera (2); 2. Kraig Kinser (3); 3. Jason Johnson (4); 4. Greg Hodnett (6); 5. Kyle Larson (7); 6. Davey Heskin (8); 7. Cap Henry (5); 8. Lee Sowell (1); 9. Kevin Ingle (9).

C-Main (10 laps, top four to the Last Chance Showdown): 1. Chad Kemenah (1); 2. Matt Moro (4); 3. Cole Wood (3); 4. Ron Krysl (7); 6. Dustin Morgan (2); 7. Kevin Ingle (5); 8. Dustin Clark (6).

Last Chance Showdown (12 laps, top four to the A-main): 1. Jason Sides (3); 2. Lynton Jeffrey (1); 3. Donny Schatz (5); 4. Daryn Pittman (4); 5. Davey Heskin (2); 6. Kyle Larson (6); 7. Sammy Swindell (9); 8. Dustin Selvage (8); 9. Jonathan Allard (14); 10. Tasker Phillips (12); 11. Austin McCarl (15); 12. Cap Henry (11); 13. Danny Dietrich (10); 14. Jacob Allen (17); 15. Cole Wood (23); 16. Caleb Helms (20); 17. Glen Saville (18); 18. Brent Marks (16); 19. Matt Moro (22); 20. Ed Lynch Jr. (13); 21. Ron Krysl (24); 22. Dale Blaney (7); 23. Lee Sowell (19); 24. Chad Kemenah (21).

 

FVP Knoxville Nationals points standings

Through night one:

Pos.

Car

Driver

Points

1

57

Shane Stewart

481

2

1D

Justin Henderson

481

3

49K

Brad Sweet

480

4

51

Paul McMahan

477

5

6

David Gravel

474

6

9

Daryn Pittman

464

7

39

Greg Hodnett

457

8

12

Lynton Jeffrey

457

9

7s

Jason Sides

456

10

15

Donny Schatz

456

11

83JR

Tim Kaeding

450

12

18

Ian Madsen

433

13

47

Don Droud Jr.

430

14

11N

Randy Hannagan

428

15

41

Jason Johnson

426

16

49

Josh Schneiderman

421

17

94

Jeff Swindell

419

18

56

Davey Heskin

419

19

9w

Brandon Wimmer

416

20

1KL

Kyle Larson

410

21

11K

Kraig Kinser

397

22

99

Brady Bacon

396

23

55XM

James McFadden

395

24

7K

Dustin Selvage

394

25

35

Skylar Prochaska

390

26

1

Sammy Swindell

388

27

45x

Johnny Herrera

386

28

19

Bob Weuve

379

29

54

Cap Henry

372

30

48

Danny Dietrich

371

31

2B

Dale Blaney

365

32

0

Jonathan Allard

362

33

7TAZ

Tasker Phillips

361

34

17A

Austin McCarl

359

35

2L

Ed Lynch Jr.

348

36

1a

Jacob Allen

345

37

63

Chad Kemenah

344

38

19M

Brent Marks

341

39

10V

Glen Saville

324

40

17w

Cole Wood

316

41

40

Caleb Helms

313

42

2s

Lee Sowell

307

43

2m

Matt Moro

306

44

20PK

Ron Krysl

291

45

93

Dustin Morgan

286

46

2K

Kevin Ingle

276

47

12P

TJ Peterson

271

48

16

Dustin Clark

269

49

45J

Mark Johnson

261

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo, TNT Rescue and Winters Performance.

 



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