Gravel Beats Sweet In Championship Chess Match At Lernerville

Not one, but two different doors opened this weekend for David Gravel, and he made sure to kick both wide open.

After Brad Sweet’s struggles in 19th at Eldora, the Watertown, CT native came back the next night and took fate into his own hands by stealing the victory from Sweet himself. The end result continues to cut down the championship deficit with only nine races left for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

On Saturday, Gravel’s opportunistic actions came in the form of a daring final restart as he threaded the needle and squeezed by Sweet to slide him into turn three on Lap 23 of 35. The Big Game Motorsports #2 gasser ran off into lap traffic over the closing laps and beat Sweet to the line by 1.478-seconds.

The win extends Gravel’s success at Lernerville Speedway, where he’s won five times with three Commonwealth Clash titles to his name. It’s his 68th World of Outlaws win and marks the third time in his career that he’s recorded a 10-win season.

Most importantly for the 29-year-old, it’s momentum and lots of it with one of his best tracks and biggest races coming up, the $75,000/Win National Open at Williams Grove Speedway next weekend.

“I really wanted to hit 10 wins,” Gravel said. “We’ve got a lot of good tracks coming up, so hopefully we can keep it rolling and see how big we can get that number.”

“Once I had enough position to send it in on Brad, I figured that was the race,” he continued. “I knew I had to get my elbows up with 11 laps left, but none of the lappers were on top and I could run it extremely hard.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series remains in the state of Pennsylvania next week as the final Crown Jewel of the season takes place. On Friday & Saturday, October 1-2, Williams Grove Speedway hosts the $75,000/Win National Open. If you can’t be there, watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,500]; 4. 9-James McFadden [6][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,100]; 9. 83-Kasey Kahne [14][$2,050]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [2][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5][$1,400]; 13. 22-Brandon Spithaler [18][$1,200]; 14. 10-Paulie Colagiovanni [24][$1,100]; 15. 19-Paige Polyak [13][$1,050]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,000]; 17. 42-Sye Lynch [15][$1,000]; 18. 46-Michael Bauer [21][$1,000]; 19. C1-Clay Riney [23][$1,000]; 20. 2F-AJ Flick [12][$1,000]; 21. 11-Carl Bowser [19][$1,000]; 22. 12-Darin Gallagher [25][$]; 23. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [16][$1,000]; 24. 23JR-Jack Sodeman [22][$1,000]; 25. 28-Tim Shaffer [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Wayne Johnson 1-12, Brad Sweet 13-22, David Gravel 23-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 10-Paulie Colagiovanni[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (71/80 races): 1. Brad Sweet (9,412); 2. David Gravel (-120); 3. Carson Macedo (-172); 4. Donny Schatz (-236); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-328); 5. Logan Schuchart (-334); 7. James McFadden (-706); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1076); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1344); 10. Jacob Allen (-1648).

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