LAST CALL FOR GRAVEL AND THE FORTY-ONE: GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 GIVE IT THEIR ALL ON FINAL NIGHT AT THE LAST CALL TO COME HOME WITH A PODIUM FINISH AT THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE

November 7th, 2020

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA (November 7, 2020) – David Gravel and the NOS Energy Sprint Car Series sprint car stars were all back in the pit area for the last race of the 2020 season. Following the announcement earlier in the week that David Gravel would be departing the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 Sprint Car Team at the conclusion of the 2020 season, everyone was eager to get racing in the Last Call event to end the season and partnership on a high note. David and the JJR #41 team enjoyed a lot of success together over the past two season highlighted by 23 wins, including the 2019 Knoxville Nationals, which will always be cherished by all involved. But, on Saturday evening it was all about showing out for the Last Call together as one team. There were 44 teams registered to race and lining the pits at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

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HITTING THE RED DIRT CLAY IN NORTH CAROLINA: DAVID GRAVEL DRIVES THROUGH THE RED DUST AT THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE TO COLLECT THE WIN ON THE OPENING NIGHT OF THE LAST CALL WEEKEND

November 6th, 2020

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA (November 6, 2020) – The roads for David Gravel and the NOS Energy Sprint Car Series have certainly been long and winding throughout the 2020 season with stops along the way for COVID-19. The series officials, teams and drivers have done a tremendous job navigating the journey that even confused Siri at times. But on this early November evening the sprint car stars all followed the road that led back to Concord, North Carolina where the two-night Last Call event would take place at the Dirt Track at Charlotte replacing the traditional World Finals due to capacity restrictions related to the Coronavirus. There were 46 teams lining the pit area outside turns one and two ready to compete in the last two races of the 2020 season.

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THROWING DIRT AT THE FALL FLING: THE GASSER DAVID GRAVEL CLIMBS BACK INTO THE SEAT OF THE J.R.C. TRANSPORTATION #41 MAXIM AT KOKOMO SPEEDWAY AND MOTORS TO A NINTH PLACE FINISH

October 24th, 2020

KOKOMO, INDIANA (October 24, 2020) – With the 2020 racing season nearing the finish line, and the Big Ten football season finally kicking off just down the road in Bloomington with Indiana hosting Penn State, David Gravel along with his Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 team were in The Hoosier State to compete in the Fall Fling at Kokomo Speedway. Coming off a busy schedule of racing last weekend, a performance that displayed the versatile driver’s talent resulting in a sixth place finish on Friday night in the Dietz Motorsports #14 World of Outlaws sprint car at Lakeside Speedway, followed up by him then heading over to Kansas Speedway on Saturday to race on the asphalt in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Clean Harbors 200 where his day ended too early after a restart accident on lap 38, then capping it off with a runner-up finish from the back of the field in the 57th running of the Tony Bettenhausen 100 USAC Silver Crown race at Springfield, Illinois mile making his Silver Crown debut. David Gravel and the forty-one team were ready to keep rolling at Kokomo Speedway’s quarter mile oval as there were 44 winged sprint cars registered in the pit area for the Fall Fling spectacular along with a field of non-wing cars.

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BATTLING DOWN BY THE RIVER: A TOUGH NIGHT TO CONCLUDE THE NITTANY SHOWDOWN WEEKEND AT PORT ROYAL FINDS GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 TEAM SALVAGING A 21ST PLACE FINISH AFTER THE 30-LAPS AT SPEED

October 10th, 2020

PORT ROYAL, PENNSYLVANIA (October 10, 2020) – David Gravel and the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 team were back at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night after finishing eighth in the Nittany Showdown opener less than 24 hours prior at The Speed Palace. The weather was again picturesque around the Juniata County racetrack with people fishing in the nearby Juniata River as the teams unloaded their equipment in preparation for some high speed action around the always improving half mile facility. The Weikert’s Livestock/Staunton Union Stockyard (SU) Maxim was glimmering in the sun ready for action. There were 51 teams positioned throughout the pit area that sits off of turn four each focused on turning in their best performance as they chased the winner’s portion of the purse.

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OPENING THE DOUBLEHEADER AT PORT: GRAVEL WAS UP ON THE WHEEL IN THE WEIKERT’S LIVESTOCK AND STAUNTON UNION STOCKYARD #41 MAXIM TO BRING HOME A TOP TEN FINISH AT THE SPEED PALACE

October 9th, 2020

PORT ROYAL, PENNSYLVANIA (October 9, 2020) – The temperatures in Juniata County were reflective of this time of the year with a crispness in the air surrounded by the changing color of the foliage that fills your eyes in this part of the country. David Gravel and the JJR #41 team trekked up Route 322 from their mid-state home when they are in town, the Jonestown KOA Campground, and made the right hand turn onto West Fourth Street in Port Royal to drive towards the pit entrance. There were 48 cars lining the pit area off turn four at Port Royal Speedway’s half-mile oval ready to complete in the first of two nights of action in the Nittany Showdown with an $8,000 check waiting for the winner at the end of the night.

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CONSISTENCY PAYS OFF AT THE OPEN: DRIVING WITH DETERMINATION AND PASSION, GRAVEL BRINGS HOME A FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN THE 58TH ANNUAL NATIONAL OPEN AFTER STARTING ON THE POLE

October 3rd, 2020

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (October 3, 2020) – After winning the opener on Friday night to kick off the 58th Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open weekend, David Gravel and the JJR #41 team focused their attention on making sure they positioned themselves to be in the mix for the big prize available at the end of Saturday night – the $75,000 winner’s share of the purse in their Weikert’s Livestock/J.R.C. Transportation/FK Rod Ends #41 Maxim entry. The history of this race in unbelievable with the names of some of the winners just being downright magical in sprint car racing and for motorsports fans alike – Gordon Johncock (1963), Lou Blaney (1966), Bobbie Adamson (1967 and 1968), Kenny Weld (1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975), Steve Smith (1974, 1976, and 1981), Van May (1977), Kramer Williamson (1978), Smokey Snellbaker (1979), Lynn Paxton (1982 and 1983), Doug Wolfgang (1984, 1985, and 1986), Steve Kinser (1990, 1992, 1994, and 2003), Don Kreitz Jr. (1993), Lance Dewease (1996 and 2001, 2002, 2018), Mark Kinser (1995 and 199), Donny Schatz (2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2012), Greg Hodnett (2009), Jason Meyers (2011), Fred Rahmer (2013) and David Gravel who is a two-time winner (2014 and 2017) before joining forces with Jason Johnson Racing (JJR). David Gravel was primed for a great night of racing as he tried to add his name to this exclusive list for the third time. Philip Dietz, along with the crew of Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz, were turning the wrenches and eager to see their hard work payoff. On Saturday evening there was again an impressive field of 54 teams entered to complete in this prestigious sprint car event at Williams Grove Speedway.

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WINNING AT THE HALLOWED GROUNDS: THE 58TH ANNUAL CHAMPION RACING OIL NATIONAL OPEN KICKED OFF AT WILLIAMS GROVE AS GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 CREW COLLECT ANOTHER VICTORY IN HIS 600TH START

October 2nd, 2020

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (October 2, 2020) – With cool Fall temperatures lingering in the Keystone State air along with the beauty and vibrant colors associated with the foliage changing leaves on the trees, David Gravel and the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Series were back in Central Pennsylvania for one of the crown jewel events on the schedule each year at Williams Grove Speedway – the 58th Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open. It would be David’s 600th World of Outlaws start in his still young and budding career. As you walked through the pit area you could feel the excitement as the teams prepared their entries for the first of two nights of high speed action at the historic race track on the hallowed grounds in the cornfields that surround Mechanicsburg. For the Friday night portion of the show there were 57 teams registered and parked throughout the frontstretch and backstretch pit areas for the competitors.

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VICTORIOUS IN THE COMMONWEALTH CLASH: MISFORTUNE AND A LITTLE LADY LUCK PLAY INTO THE STORY THAT UNRAVELED AT LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY RESULTING IN GRAVEL’S AND JJR TEAM’S SEVENTH WIN OF THE YEAR

September 26th, 2020

SARVER, PENNSYLVANIA (September 26, 2020) – With some warmth returning to the air, David Gravel and the JJR #41 team arrived in western Pennsylvania to compete in the prestigious Commonwealth Clash held at Lernerville Speedway on Saturday evening racing to race on the fifth consecutive nights. This event is always a popular race for the competitors as the 4/10-mile high banked surface always produces some excellent racing for both the drivers and the fans alike. The grandstands were filled as everyone followed the pre-race COVID temperature check testing protocols and were ready to see some great racing. In the past, David has had proven success at Lernerville and was looking to build upon that success as he was searching for another victory when they pulled into the pit area that is located off turns three and four at the track. There were 47 teams registered at the pit gate to race against each other for the Commonwealth Clash trophy and prize money.

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS IN EASTERN OHIO: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 35 YEARS, THE OUTLAWS RETURNED TO COMPETE AT WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY WITH GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 LEAVING WITH A 9TH PLACE RUN

September 25th, 2020

ORRVILLE, OHIO (September 25, 2020) – In another race that was washed out by Mother Nature back on the first day of August, this day found the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Series teams returning to Wayne County Speedway under the lights to attempt to race for the first time in 35 years. This visit to the Orrville, Ohio speed plant would mark the first time the World of Outlaws (WoO) series competitors have raced at the facility since 1985.  The fans in this area came out in full force to support this event. Steve Kinser has dominated WoO competition here in the past winning three of the four races (1979, 1981 and 1985), while Bobby Davis Jr. is the only other driver to win in Outlaw competition back in 1984. The Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) hauler pulled into the pit area with their driver David Gravel poised and ready to attack the 3/8-mile semi-banked oval and chase after the increased $15,000 winner’s share of the purse that was supported by Slick Willy’s Cornhole Company. There were 49 race teams all there for the same reason – to add their names to the list of winners and earn the big check.

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RETURNING TO THE HOOSIER STATE: AN ELEVENTH PLACE FINISH FOR DAVID GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 TEAM IN THE HIGH PERFORMANCE LUBRICANTS #41 MAXIM RACING MACHINE AT PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY

September 24th, 2020

PLYMOUTH, INDIANA (September 24, 2020) – After rained washed out their first attempt to race at Plymouth Speedway back on August 2, David Gravel and the stars of the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returned on Thursday night to race at the semi-banked 3/8-mile track nestled in the countryside near South Bend. David Gravel knows how to win here as he was the last driver to stand in victory lane back on April 28, 2017, when the World of Outlaws last visited the track. The event kicked off a triple header weekend of Outlaw competition that would take the traveling teams and their stars from Plymouth Speedway in Indiana to Wayne County Speedway in Ohio and then onto Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania in three consecutive nights. As the fall breeze flowed through the Midwest skies, 33 teams were parked in the pit area at Plymouth Speedway’s “Playground of Power” ready to put on a high quality show for the fans in the stands.

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