CRUISING IN THE KEYSTONE STATE: CARRYING SPEED AROUND THE HIGH BANKS OF LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY RESULTS IN GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 TEAM COLLECTING A TOP FIVE IN THE DON MARTIN MEMORIAL SILVER CUP

July 21st, 2020

SARVER, PENNSYLVANIA (July 21, 2020) – As the temperatures continue to push the mercury up in the thermometer throughout Pennsylvania the action on the tracks throughout the state are heating up too. David Gravel and the JJR #41 team, along with the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, headed to western side of the Keystone State for the first time in 2020 to race in the $25,000-to-win 29th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. Don Martin was more than just a successful track owner and promoter . . . he was a passionate race fan that dated back into the 1940’s. He was very proud of Lernerville Speedway and certainly was smiling while watching down over the field of 39 cars that lined the pit area located outside of turns three and four.

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HONORING RACING ROYALTY: DAVID GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 TEAM ENJOY RACING AT PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY IN THE BOB WEIKERT MEMORIAL AS THEIR VISIT TO THE SPEED PALACE NETS A 6TH PLACE FINISH

July 19th, 2020

PORT ROYAL, PENNSYLVANIA (July 19, 2020) – After finishing seventh on the opening night of action at the Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, David Gravel and the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 team were back at one of Central Pennsylvania’s finest facilities nestled in Juniata County. They were excited to get back on the finely tuned surface that Steve Stimely meticulously prepares night in and night out to produce the best racing at The Speed Palace.  The pits again were bustling with 45 teams readying their equipment for action to take a shot not only at the $10,000 winner’s check, but also licking their chops over the additional $1,029 Weikert Bounty that would go to the driver that beats Danny Dietrich to win along with the additional bounty of $1,000 that was posted to any driver who could conquer the seemingly impossible to stop Kyle Larson in the championship finale. It was time to go racing at Port Royal Speedway in the Bob Weikert Memorial finale!

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OUTSIDERS INVADE THE SPEED PALACE: A GOOD RUN ABOARD THE WEIKERT’S LIVESTOCK #41 IN THE BOB WEIKERT FALLEN HEROES CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS IN A 7TH PLACE FINISH AT PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY

July 18th, 2020

PORT ROYAL, PENNSYLVANIA (July 18, 2020) – Each year the team at Port Royal Speedway continue to make impressive improvements to their facility, affectionately called The Speed Palace, which delights the drivers and teams as well as the fans. This weekend the speedway along with the Weikert family and the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) collaborated to present two nights of racing to honor a true sprint car legend inn Central Pennsylvania – the legendary Bob Weikert. On Saturday night the pit area was overflowing with talent as 37 teams registered to race in the Bob Weikert Fallen Heroes Championship that would pay $10,000-to-win. With an open weekend on the World of Outlaws (WoO) schedule due to the unfortunate cancellation of the Kings Royal weekend, David Gravel and the JJR crew had their Weikert’s Livestock/Winters Performance Products #41 Maxim at the track ready to compete.

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IN THE HOUSE AT THE GROVE: THE JJR #41 DRIVER AND CREW COME BACK TO CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA TO COMPETE IN THE TOMMY HINNERSHITZ CLASSIC AT THE FAMOUS WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY HALF-MILE

July 17th, 2020

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (July 17, 2020) – With this year’s Kings Royal weekend cancelled due to the Coronavirus, owner Bobbi Johnson and the JJR #41 team had an open weekend on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series schedule. Evaluating all of their options they decided to bring the Weikert’s Livestock/Fuel Safe Racing Cells #41 Maxim to the Keystone State of Pennsylvania a week early to race for the weekend ahead of the WoOs return to the area next weekend. Williams Grove Speedway has a rich history dating back to May 21, 1939, when original owner Roy Richwine opened the gates for the first race at the now famous track. The winner that day was none other than Tommy Hinnershitz. Friday night’s headliner at Williams Grove was to honor the race winner and legend who first stood in victory lane in what is now branded the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic, simply referred to by many as the Tommy Classic, under Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) banner. There were 39 410 sprint cars entered to race for ad opportunity to race against some of the best for a chance to win the $5,000 winner’s share of the purse.

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COMPETING TO HONOR A BUCKEYE AND HERO: A 9TH PLACE FINISH ABOARD THE KISTLER ENGINES #41 IN THE 32ND ANNUAL OHIO LOGISTICS BRAD DOTY CLASSIC AT ATTICA RACEWAY PARK TO BEGIN BUSY WEEK OF RACING

July 14th, 2020

ATTICA, OHIO (July 14, 2020) – After having a day off on Monday following the event at the Terre Haute Action Track, David Gravel and the JJR #41 team headed East and crossed the border into the Buckeye State to complete in the 32nd Annual Brad Doty Classic at the Attica Raceway Park (ARP). This event is one race that is always marked on MOST competitor’s schedules. The importance is not because of what the race pays as few care, but rather because it honors a fellow sprint car hero and legend, Brad Doty, in his home state of Ohio. He promotes the race and an impressive list of drivers and teams come out to support him with hopes of collecting the winner’s check and cool commemorative helmet and trophy when the checkered flags wave at the end of the race. At this year’s COVID-19 adjusted version of the race with limited seating, there were 42 high powered teams registered and parked in the pit area located behind turns 3 and 4.

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SHOWING OUT IN THE WABASH CLASH: DAVID GRAVEL DID HIS PART TO PUT ON A SHOW WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION AROUND THE HISTORIC TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK HALF-MILE YIELDING A TOP FIVE FINISH

July 12th, 2020

TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA (July 12, 2020) – After the engines silenced at the end of the night in Wilmot, Wisconsin, Philip Dietz and the victorious JJR #41 team had work ahead of them as they had to clean the cars and head 5 hours south to Indiana to prepare to race again Sunday evening in the 2020 Wabash Clash at the historic 1/2-mile semi-banked oval at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute. The skies were ominous with dark clouds to the west and north and sun over the track and to the south.

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WIRE-TO-WIRE IN WISCONSIN: FINDING THEIR GROOVE AND THE FAST LANE, THE JJR #41 TEAM AND DAVID GRAVEL DRIVE TO THEIR SECOND VICTORY OF THE SEASON IN THE BADGER 40 AT WILMOT RACEWAY

July 11th, 2020

WILMOT, WISCONSIN (July 11, 2020) – After trucking 4 hours north to Wilmot Raceway following Friday night’s racing action at 34 Raceway, the JJR #41 team was looking to continuing their momentum and recent success aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Weikert’s Livestock #41 Maxim Racing speed machine. Wilmot Raceway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile track located to the north of Chicago just off the shores of Lake Michigan. David Gravel has enjoyed past success at this track as he logged three previous victories back in 2014, 2016 and 2017. So needless to say, the driver and the team pulled in the pit gates with their confidence brimming with positivity and anticipation. There were 29 teams registered to get at it at Wilmot Raceway on this Saturday evening in the Badger State.

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SPEEDING NEAR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER: GRAVEL KICKING THE DUST UP AT 34 RACEWAY NAVIGATES THE FIELD TO EARN A 9TH PLACE FINISH TO START A THREE RACE WEEKEND IN THREE DIFFERENT STATES

July 10th, 2020

WEST BURLINGTON, IOWA (July 10, 2020) – Coming off a strong weekend and performance last week at Cedar Lake, this week’s journey took David Gravel and the JJR #41 sprint car team to 34 Raceway where the 3/8-mile high banked speed plant is located adjacent to the mighty Mississippi River in West Burlington, Iowa. Friday night marked the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series first return trip to the track since 2014. There were 27 drivers entered and ready to roll in the pit area to get the weekend of high speed action started.

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LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION: GRAVEL AND THE JJR #41 TEAM HAVE AN IMPRESSIVE SHOWING IN FRONT OF THE CBS SPORTS NETWORK CAMERAS AS THEY LEAD THE FIRST 31 LAPS BEFORE FINISHING IN THE RUNNER-UP SPOT

July 4th, 2020

NEW RICHMOND, WISCONSIN (July 4, 2020) As people across the country paused to celebrate our America’s independence, the World of Outlaws and a field of competitors were back at Cedar Lake Speedway for the finale of the Independence Day Spectacular. After two strong nights of racing and outcomes, David Gravel and the JJR #41 team were looking to top off the weekend with another performance worthy of note in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Schoenfeld Headers #41 Maxim. Since 1957 when Cedar Lake Speedway was built, fans have been coming to this racing facility for entertainment. Located less than one hour to the northeast of Minneapolis they attract crowds from all over. This night was a little different as the stands were full of eager race fans who had passed through COVID-19 testing/screening, but there also were fans with their televisions on tuned in for the live broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

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LIGHTING THE FUSE IN WISCONSIN: A STRONG RUN IN THE FRIDAY PORTION OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECTACULAR FOR GRAVEL AND THE JJR CREW NETS A FOURTH PLACE FINISH AND PROVIDES MOMENTUM

July 3rd, 2020

NEW RICHMOND, WISCONSIN (July 3, 2020) – With the sun shining over Wisconsin, the JJR crew was hard at work cleaning and maintaining the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Greber Racing Components (GRC) #41 Maxim after Thursday night’s qualifying action and a fifth place finish in the Elimination Showdown feature to kick off the Independence Day Spectacular weekend. The fans who attended night one returned with smiles on their faces as they were ready to enjoy more high caliber sprint car entertainment World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series style! The 30 teams were back in the pit area as they readied for the second night of racing competition.

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