In the World of Outlaws' previous four events at Granite City Motor Park, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz won two of them. Still winless this season, the Fargo, ND driver hoped to get his third, which would've given him his first win of the season and 300th career victory. Instead, he had to settle for a second-place finish and continue to look to the future for another trip to Victory Lane.
Aaron Reutzel has been consistent all year in the Roth Motorsports #83, but since his Williams Grove win he has experienced his worst four-race run of the year. Accidents at Bridgeport, Attica, Sharon & Lawrenceburg has sent the Clute, TX native falling from fourth-to-seventh in the points.
In his third full-time season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Carson Macedo has taken his career to the next level with Jason Johnson Racing. He entered the weekend third in points with three wins and tied for the second most top-10s this season.
Contact with another car sent him to the work area during the Feature at Granite City Motor Park, but he rebounded to finish 12th.
MINNESOTA MAN: DAVID GRAVEL GIVES BIG GAME MOTORSPORTS WIN ON HOME TURF
It was Lap 29 of 35 at Granite City Speedway and Sheldon Haudenschild was poised to steal the lead and win away from Gravel; only until a lane change completely flipped the script.
His pace through lap traffic ultimately told Gravel something was off, and he jetted from the low line to the cushion at once down the backstretch. It couldn’t have came at a better time, as Haudenschild prepared to launch a slide job for the lead, but his momentum ran dry and the move fell short coming to the five-to-go signal.
Gravel’s perfect timing guided him to his fifth win of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season, and the 63rd of his career.
“The car was really great,” Gravel exclaimed. “I could run both lanes, and that ended up being big. I could tell off the lappers I was slow through the corners. He [Haudenschild] started rolling and I moved up at the perfect time. Luckily, it wasn’t 40 laps or I might’ve been in trouble. To win on a slick track like that and pass Brad, Donny, that sure feels good.”