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Gravel Earns Second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Win of 2014 - Drives to victory in only second night behind wheel of Roth Motorsports car

ROSSBURG, Ohio - May 3, 2014 - It's been a wild week for young David Gravel, but when the checkered flag fell on Saturday night's World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at famed Eldora Speedway he was headed to victory lane.


In a thriller on the high-banked historic half-mile oval, Gravel had to pass defending series champion Daryn Pittman as the two exchanged slide jobs midway through the A-main. Gravel eventually found his way to the front of the pack to win in only his second night behind the wheel of the Roth Motorsports #83 machine. It was Gravel's second victory this season and the fourth of his career.

Pittman held on to finish second while Randy Hannagan was third with Paul McMahan in fourth and Donny Schatz in fifth with the KSE


Hard Charger award after starting the feature in the 19th position.


Gravel, 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, started on the pole of the 30-lap feature event with Pittman on the outside. Exiting turn four on the start of the race Gravel jumped to the lead, but Pittman, working the high side of the track in the Great Clips #9 of Kasey Kahne Racing gained momentum and swiped the lead exiting turn two.


Entering lapped traffic, Gravel and Joey Saldana began to close in on Pittman. The top three ran just feet from each other for several laps before the lone caution of the event on lap 11 after Kerry Madsen's right rear tire went flat. Pittman chose the outside line on the start, putting Gravel to his inside and Saldana on his tail with the 11N of Hannagan starting behind Gravel. By lap 16 the leaders again entered traffic and Gravel was prepared.


On lap 17 Gravel slung the Roth Motorsports car to the bottom of turn three and pulled off a slide job on Pittman to lead lap 18. Pittman fired back entering turn one nearly duplicating the move to lead down the backstretch. The final pass was made going into turn three as Gravel again slid Pittman to take the lead and the win.


"In the beginning there I fell back to third but I got the wing back and the car was just awesome when I got the wing back, this is great!" said Gravel of Watertown, Conn. "I've raced Daryn a lot when he was 27 car and he's a really clean racer and I think we put on a hell of a show 'cause I know I'm tired after that, it was a handful."


Pittman tried to fire back, first on lap 22 in turn three, but slid up the track, unable to duplicate the result. Two laps later Pittman fired off a last ditch effort and tried to use a lap car as a pick, but again Gravel countered the move leaving Pittman to fight to hold on to second place from an attacking Hannagan.


Hannagan, behind the wheel of the NAPA #11N, began working the bottom of the track late in the race while the majority of the leaders were running around the top. Hanngan took several looks to the bottom of Pittman, but 2013 champion kept his line to hold on for a second place finish.


"The track was great, man we had a great car, hats off to David I just got beat by a better driver tonight, there's no question about that," said Pittman, an Owasso, Ok., native. "I just got too cautious in lap traffic and got in dirty air. He really pissed me off when he got by me and made me start driving the car the way I should have been driving it the whole way. Hats off to them, he deserves that ride, he's a good young kid. The best driver won tonight, that's for sure."


Hannagan charged from the seventh position to take the final position on the podium.


"Sitting third on the restart, I thought would be able to get a good restart there," said Hannagan of Pittsboro, Ind. "I started over driving it there at the end and it allowed the top to get going again. We've worked really hard over the years on getting our car right right through right through the middle because everybody's going to be on the top. If you can get your car through the middle, then you've got something they don't."


With an even 10 quick time awards Saldana holds the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship lead by a single point over McMahan. Pittman is in third trailing by 16 markers while Donny Schatz is 22 points out in the fourth position.


The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is back in action Wednesday night again at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill.


ELDORA SPEEDWAY TRACK NOTES - Kerry Madsen was the fastest qualifier around the high-banked, half-mile of Eldora Speedway for the second night in a row with a time of 13.296 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Paul McMahan (4 points), Brad Sweet (3), Joey Saldana (2) and Daryn Pittman (1). Kerry Madsen, Paul McMahan, and Randy Hannagan won heat races. ... The dash draw was a 6 for the eighth time this year... David Gravel won the dash for the first time this year.


World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; May 3, 2014


A-Main - (30 Laps): 1. 83-David Gravel[1][$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[2][$5,000]; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan[7][$3,000]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan[8][$2,700]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[19][$2,500]; 6. 14K-Dale Blaney[18][$2,200]; 7. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[16][$2,000]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen[4][$1,800]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet[5][$1,600]; 10. 11-Steve Kinser[9][$1,450]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser[21][$1,300]; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana[3][$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart[17][$1,100]; 14. 63-Chad Kemenah[13][$1,000]; 15. 2-Shane Stewart[11][$950]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides[10][$900]; 17. 4-Cody Darrah[15][$850]; 18. 1-Sammy Swindell[6][$750]; 19. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[20][$725]; 20. 53-Christopher Bell[12][$700]; 21. 77X-Wayne Johnson[22][$700]; 22. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[14][$700]; 23. 5T-Travis Philo[24][$700]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen[23][$700]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-18, David Gravel 19-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+14]


Qualifying: 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.296; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.383; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.385; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.416; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.474; 6. 83-David Gravel, 13.490; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.564; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.586; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.589; 10. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.596; 11. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.635; 12. 53-Christopher Bell, 13.639; 13. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.661; 14. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.676; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.708; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.713; 17. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.727; 18. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 13.736; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.748; 20. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.750; 21. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.789; 22. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.819; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.827; 24. 71MX-Paul May, 13.848; 25. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.901; 26. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.968; 27. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.983; 28. 21-Dallas Hewitt, 14.044; 29. 5T-Travis Philo, 14.053; 30. 19M-Brent Marks, 14.062; 31. 55-Trey Starks, 14.202; 32. 80-Trey Gustin, nt; 33. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.012; 34. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, nt


Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 29-Kerry Madsen[4] ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[6] ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart[2] ; 4. 5T-Travis Philo[8] ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman[3] ; 6. 4-Cody Darrah[5] ; 7. 77X-Wayne Johnson[7] ; 8. 28-Brian Paulus[1] ; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[9]


Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 51-Paul McMahan[4] ; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 3. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[6] ; 4. 83-David Gravel[3] ; 5. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[5] ; 6. 40-Caleb Helms[2] ; 7. W20-Greg Wilson[7] ; 8. 19M-Brent Marks[8] ; 9. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[9]


Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 11N-Randy Hannagan[2] ; 2. 11-Steve Kinser[3] ; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1] ; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[4] ; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5] ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser[6] ; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen[7] ; 8. 55-Trey Starks[8]


Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell[1] ; 2. 14K-Dale Blaney[5] ; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana[4] ; 4. 53-Christopher Bell[2] ; 5. 7S-Jason Sides[3] ; 6. 71MX-Paul May[6] ; 7. 80-Trey Gustin[8] ; 8. 21-Dallas Hewitt[7]


Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 83-David Gravel[1] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[2] ; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana[3] ; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen[6] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[4] ; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell[8] ; 7. 11N-Randy Hannagan[7] ; 8. 51-Paul McMahan[5]


Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 4-Cody Darrah[3] [-]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser[4] [-]; 3. 77X-Wayne Johnson[6] [-]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen[8] [-]; 5. 71MX-Paul May[5] [$200]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks[10] [$180]; 7. 55-Trey Starks[11] [$175]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson[7] [$160]; 9. 80-Trey Gustin[12] [$150]; 10. 40-Caleb Helms[1] [$150]; 11. 21-Dallas Hewitt[9] [$150]; 12. 28-Brian Paulus[2] [$150]; 13. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[13] [$150]; 14. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[14] [$150]

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