GETTING SLICK IN NORTH DAKOTA: A RUN FORWARD NETS A SIXTH PLACE FINISH AT RED RIVER VALLEY SPEEDWAY ON A RACY AND TECHNICAL SURFACE THAT PRODUCED SOME EXCELLENT RACING IN NORTH DAKOTA

August 22nd, 2020

WEST FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA (August 22, 2020) – When racing action was completed over in Grand Forks, where David Gravel and the JJR #41 team finished fourth, the team headed to Red River Valley Speedway for the second night of racing action in the Roughrider State of North Dakota. The JJR crew rolled the Team Jack Foundation/Mark Burch Motorsports #41 Maxim out of the hauler to prepare it for an evening of high speed racing action around the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval that always produces a lot of action and excitement. There were 28 cars lining the pit area for the Red River Rumble ready to put on a World of Outlaws quality show for the fans.

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ROLLING DOWN THE RIVER IN GRAND FORKS: THE JJR #41 TEAM AND GRAVEL GET BACK AT IT AT RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND BRING HOME A TOP FIVE FINISH IN FIRST VISIT TO NORTH DAKOTA IN 2020

August 21st, 2020

GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA (August 21, 2020) – After an impressive weekend of racing and results at Knoxville Raceway, David Gravel and the JJR #41 team headed north to North Dakota, where the state fish is the Northern Pike, to compete at River Cities Speedway which is located near the North Dakota and Minnesota border. The forty-one team has been on a roll and entered the evening second in the team point chase, four points behind leader Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1s entry. The fans in this area always show up when the best in the business come to town. There were 31 teams registered to race on Friday evening at the quarter-mile oval at River Cities Speedway, a track Gravel picked up a win at back in June 2017.

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HONORING A KNOXVILLE LEGEND: GRAVEL WHEELS THE MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION (MVT) #41 MAXIM TO AN IMPRESSIVE RUNNER-UP FINISH BEHIND KYLE LARSON IN THE BROWNELLS CAPITANI CLASSIC!

August 15th, 2020

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (August 15, 2020) – On the third and final night of ‘The One and Only’ at Knoxville Raceway, David Gravel sat atop the event’s point standings after finishing fifth on Thursday evening and taking the win on Friday night as he beat Kyle Larson to the finish line. He had accumulated 849 points and was one of only four drivers to lock into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and the Brownells Capitani Classic, so he did not have to compete in any of the four qualifiers that were part of the night’s racing agenda. Philip Dietz, as he always does day-in and day-out, meticulously prepared the JJR #41 throughout the day to give his driver the best chance to end up in victory lane.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FLASHES: THE FLASH BULBS GO OFF AFTER GRAVEL AND DIETZ PAIR UP TO PUT THE MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION (MVT) #41 IN VICTORY LANE ON NIGHT TWO OF ‘THE ONE AND ONLY’ AT KNOXVILLE

August 14th, 2020

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (August 14, 2020) – It was a sunny and hot day in The Hawkeye State as Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz worked tirelessly to prepare the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) #41 Maxim for the second night of action at Knoxville Raceway. After finishing fifth on Thursday night, Gravel and the JJR #41 team sat in sixth place overall points wise with 411 points. Friday night was a new day, but the points accumulated on Thursday night rolled forward and the driver and team were looking to build on them with a better performance on night number two of ‘The One and Only’ unique race format. It was time to go racing again at Knoxville Raceway – The Sprint Car Capital of the World!

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ROLLING OUT IN KNOXVILLE: THE SPEEDSTER FROM CONNECTICUT BEGINS “THE ONE AND ONLY” WITH A TOP FIVE FINISH AT THE SPRINT CAR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD IN THE MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION (MVT) #41

August 13th, 2020

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (August 13, 2020) – Usually Route 14 in Knoxville would normally be bustling with fans from around the world during this time of the year. But as 2020 has been different to say the least, so has the season for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and dirt tracks across the country. With restrictions around the globe associated with Coronavirus, the usual crowd was unable to travel to Knoxville Raceway. With the restrictions, the 60 running of the Knoxville Nationals was postponed until 2021 and replaced with a unique event labeled “The One and Only”. Three days of racing limited to a 70 car field. A unique point format for nights one and two which accumulated to set the field for the finale on Saturday evening. And a 7,000 limit on fans that could attend.

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EXERCISING GRIT AND DETERMINATION: DAVID GRAVEL RETURNS TO THE TEAM JACK FOUNDATION #41 MAXIM AND BATTLES TO A NINTH PLACE FINISH IN THE IRONMAN 55 FINALE AT I-55 RACEWAY

August 8th, 2020

PEVELY, MISSOURI (August 8, 2020) – With the sun shining brightly over the Missouri race track all day as temperatures reached 87 degrees, track officials continued to water and prep the racing surface for the race with the most laps all season – the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. David Gravel, fresh off a tenth place finish in his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in the GMS Racing #24 Chevrolet Silverado with sponsorship from ChevyGoods.com, was back in his ButlerBUILT Professional Seat System that was bolted in the J.R.C. Transportation/High Performance Lubricants #41 Maxim. There were 32 teams registered in the pits all hoping to win this highly anticipated race that is scheduled every year.

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ONE LAST STOP (AND WIN) IN PENNSYLVANIA: THE FORTY-ONE TEAM MAKES ONE FINAL STOP IN THE PA POSSE’S STOMPING GROUNDS BEFORE HEADING WEST AS THEY EARN A VICTORY IN THE DRYDENE 40 AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY

July 30th, 2020

ABBOTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (July 29, 2020) – Staying in Pennsylvania is always enjoyable for the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 team as they settle in at the beautiful Jonestown KOA off I-81 at Exit 90 and get to race against some great competition night-in and night out. After collecting a win in the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals finale on Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway in World of Outlaws competition, the team took advantage of a few days to relax and refresh with friends and sponsors as they waited for Wednesday. When hump day rolled around they woke up with their game faces on and were grateful to have the opportunity to race in their Weikert’s Livestock/MSD Performance #41 Maxim again at Lincoln Speedway before heading out of town to end their visit. There were one of 30 teams lining the pit area ready to compete in the Drydene 40 around Lincoln Speedway’s 3/8-mile fast and racy oval.

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OVER THE RIVER AND UNDER THE BRIDGE: FINDING SUCCESS RACING AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY IN THE CHAMPION RACING OIL SUMMER NATIONALS FINALE, GRAVEL’S JOURNEY ENDS WITH THE WINNER’S BELT

July 26th, 2020

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (July 25, 2020) – The team traveled across the Susquehanna River and arrived at the track with the bridge. When you enter the gates at Williams Grove Speedway there is a lot that speaks to the tracks rich heritage and history. The blue bridge that crosses over the back straightaway is one of many noticeable historic markers unique to Williams Grove. The impressive list of drivers who have competed and won at this track is a Who’s Who list of National Sprint Car Hall of Famers like: Tommy Hinnershitz and A.J. Foyt, Jr. (Class of 1990); Lynn Paxton (Class of 1996); Bobby Allen (Class of 1998); Steve Smith (Class of 2000); Larry “Smokey” Snellbaker (Class of 2002); Doug Wolfgang (Class of 2003); Keith Kauffman (Class of 2004); Steve Kinser (Class of 2005); Sammy Swindell (Class of 2006); Kenny Jacobs (Class of 2007); Kramer Williamson (Class of 2008); Jac Haudenschild and Fred Rahmer (Class of 2009); Bobby Davis, Jr., Dave Blaney and Mark Kinser (2014); Donald Kreitz, Jr. (Class of 2015); Lance Dewease (Class of 2018); Stevie Smith and Jason Johnson (Class of 2019); and, Greg Hodnett (Class of 2020) just to name a few notables.

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BEATING THE HEAT IN PENNSYLVANIA: A STRONG SHOWING TO START THE CHAMPION RACING OIL SUMMER NATIONALS DELIVERS A 6TH PLACE FINISH FOR DAVID GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 TEAM AT WILLIAMS GROVE

July 24th, 2020

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (July 24, 2020) – With four races in five nights, Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz were hustling in the heat all week. The heat and humidity was simply unrelenting which made their days long and hard away from the track. All too often the crew’s efforts go unnoticed by the fans as they humbly work extremely hard to accomplish their jobs before they even arrive at the track. Early morning maintenance. Late night car washes. Long drives to the next track. Success at the track does not happen just by showing up at the track. It is a direct result of everything preparation wise that happens when no one is looking away from the tracks. The ‘to-do’ task lists never get any shorter and the process repeats itself after each race day. After their 4th place finish in the Gettysburg Clash on Thursday evening at Lincoln Speedway, the JJR crew had smiles on their faces and were looking to continue to positive momentum to build on their consistency on the first of two nights of racing in the Champion Oil Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.

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COMPETING IN THE PIGEON HILLS: GRAVEL BATTLES TO A 4TH PLACE FINISH IN THE GETTYSBURG CLASH AT THE FABULOUS LINCOLN SPEEDWAY IN PENNSYLVANIA ABOARD THE WEIKERT’S LIVESTOCK #41 MAXIM

July 23rd, 2020

ABBOTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (July 23, 2020) – The traveling tour of World of Outlaws (WoO) speed stars made their way into the heart of Pennsylvania Posse land for the first time in 2020 due to the initial scheduled swing being canceled due to the shutdown related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Lincoln Speedway always produces exciting racing action on a weekly basis and when the Outlaws come to town the fans enjoy cheering for the locals to hopefully see one of their regulars, or at least a local competitor, take down the WoO stars to garner the winner’s check and keep the trophy in state. David Gravel has had some success here in the past. He and the JJR #41 team were one of 42 teams situated on the backstretch paved pit area at the 3/8-mile speed plant nestled in the Pigeon Hills of Pennsylvania. It was race day at Lincoln Speedway pitting the Outlaws versus the PA Posse!

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