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Grandview Speedway Releases Some Important Dates for 2024 Season Schedule, 2024 Season Passes Now Available for Christmas Gifts
Grandview Speedway will continue to present professional auto racing action on the one-third-of-a-mile high-banked clay oval under the direction of the Rogers Family for the upcoming 2024 racing season.
Speedway management will once again be offering the always popular season passes. The season pass is a great Christmas idea for those who are looking for that special gift. The grandstand passes cover all Saturday night events, from the season opening Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker through to the Freedom 38 Sportsman and Freedom 76 Modified championship races in September. The season pass does not include the Rogers Family/Bob Miller promoted Thunder on the Hill special events, or the Outlaw Enduro/Vintage Series race events.
Season passes, priced at $400 per pass, can be ordered by sending a check or money order to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505. When ordering please be sure to indicate the name of the pass holder. To speed up the delivery process, please send along a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The 2023 season may have ended in October, but the Grandview Speedway track crew has been busy getting the Speedway and facility ready for next season before winter sets in. The track crew added 25 truckloads containing over 550 tons of fresh clay onto the racetrack last weekend in preparation for next season. In addition the exit of turn four was widened slightly as well.
Grandview track management would like to thank Bob Kershaw Excavating for the use of their excavator to load the clay for the racetrack.
The Saturday night racing schedule for the 2024 season will look similar like past seasons with the two division Modified and Sportsman shows with an occasional third division added to the schedule.
The traditional Free-to-the-public open practice session will kick things off on Saturday, March 30 starting at 12 Noon, allowing racers the opportunity to test their race cars before the official start of the new season. Fans will also be able to see the new race equipment for the new season with free grandstand admission.
The following Saturday, April 6, will feature the opening of the 62nd season of professional stock car racing with the 7th annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker for Modifieds joined by the 602 Sportsman, honoring the late track owner and promoter who passed away in 2017.
Two Thunder on the Hill Racing Series dates have been confirmed so far for 2024, with the USAC National Sprint Tour arriving on Tuesday, June 11 for the Jesse Hockett Classic.
Also returning will be the ever popular Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car SpeedWeek Series race on Tuesday, July 2, featuring the $10,000 to win Hodnett Cup for the powerful 410 Sprint Cars.
As has been tradition for many seasons, the schedule will wrap-up with the Freedom weekend of racing in September. The 11th annual Freedom 38 Sportsman race will be staged on Friday, September 20, followed by the 54th annual Freedom 76 Modified Championship on Saturday, September 21. The Freedom 76 carries a rain date of September 28.
All competitors are reminded that the 2024 Grandview Speedway rule book has been updated, and can be found online on the track’s website at www.grandviewspeedway.com under the rules and forms tab.
Race teams are reminded that they can have their engines sealed prior to the upcoming race season. To do so they can contact Ed Scott at 610-298-2408 for information or to set up an appointment. The cost of sealing the engines will be $225
Members of the media who wish to cover events at Grandview Speedway in 2024, are asked to visit the speedway website at www.grandviewspeedway.com click on the rules/forms tab, fill out the media credentials form and return it to Tina Rogers no later than February 28, 2024. A huge thank you to the members of the media who covered events at the Speedway during the 2023 race season.
Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through October, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.
Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.
2024 SPECIAL EVENTS:
Saturday, April 6 – 62nd annual Opening Night – 7th annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker
Tuesday, June 11 – USAC National Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm
Tuesday, July 2 – Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car SpeedWeek Series
Friday, September 20 – 11th annual Freedom 38 Sportsman Championship
Saturday, September 21 – 54th annual Freedom 76 Modified Championship
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Dominic Scelzi added another track to his win's list last Saturday when he captured the finale of the Keith Bryan Memorial doubleheader at Central Arizona Raceway.
It was his 13 th victory of the season and second career with the ASCS Southwest Region.
The weekend began on Friday when Scelzi advanced from sixth to fourth place in a heat race. That ranked him ninth in overall points, which was only one spot shy of making the feature redraw.
"We went down and were the fastest car both nights," he said. "The track was incredibly wet on Friday night. It was everything we could do to make sure we didn't get into any trouble in the heat race. We went sixth to fourth and that was about as good as we could do."
Scelzi lined up on the inside of the fifth row in the A Main.
"We stayed out of trouble and ended up finishing second behind Terry (McCarl)," he said. "The track had grease for the bottom five feet and then a patch of grip. The top of the track was rough and choppy. I tried to stay patient. It was better to start on the bottom than the top. Guys would hit the grease and slide across and I could cut underneath them. And guys up top would bike up. I just ran a line to stay out of trouble. We were right there with Terry, but he didn't make any mistakes."
The run from ninth to second place was tied for the second-most positions gained.
Scelzi wrapped up his weekend at the dirt oval on Saturday. He maneuvered from sixth to third place in a heat race to garner enough points to make the feature redraw. Scelzi grabbed the No. 1 during the random draw to score the pole position for the main event.
"We drew the No. 1, started on the pole and led all 30 laps," he said. "We had a decent amount of yellows early. When we got to traffic it was kind of wild, but once we could put a couple of cars a lap down we were unchallenged. I ran the top on both ends. As it slicked off more and more in (turns) three and four we got better."
The triumph snapped a string of three straight runner-up results at the track.
Scelzi will take this weekend off before tackling his final race of the year on Nov. 22 at Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif., where he was victorious in April.
QUICK RESULTS -
Nov. 10 - Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, Ariz. - Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 2 (9).
Nov. 11 - Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, Ariz. - Heat race: 3 (6); Feature: 1 (1).
SEASON STATS -
55 races, 13 wins, 38 top fives, 44 top 10s, 49 top 15s, 53 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Nov. 22 at Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif.
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Scelzi would like to thank Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Scelzi Enterprises, Whipple Superchargers, System 1, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Red Line Oil, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Roth Motorsports, K&N Filters, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, NAPA Auto Parts, Todd Jorgensen, Sparco, Allstar Performance, Meridian Steel, Auto Meter, Kenny's Components and Worldwide Bearings for their continued support.
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For their first full season together, Kyle Weatherman will pilot DGM Racing’s No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro. After serving as his primary sponsor at Texas Motor Speedway, DriveSmart Warranty has signed on as an anchor partner for Weatherman’s 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season with DGM Racing.
“I can’t express how grateful I am for the opportunity to run DGM Racing’s No. 91 full time next year!” Weatherman shares. “The men and women at DGM put their all into racing, and I am happy to call this team home for the next 33 races. We’ve had a lot of great runs together, and I’m confident we will carry that momentum into next season.”
Despite being taken out of five races, Weatherman and DGM Racing have claimed six Top 20s in thirteen starts together, including Weatherman’s career-best finish of eighth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2022. They are looking to build on this success going into 2024.
“Kyle is a well-rounded racer with a lot of knowledge and speed! His dedication to the sport is unmatched, and I am really looking forward to having him join us in the shop and at the track for a full season,” said DGM Racing Owner, Mario Gosselin. “I’m proud to partner with DriveSmart, an organization that shares the same family values as we do, and I look forward to achieving new milestones with their support.”
DriveSmart, a leading national provider of extended warranty in the automotive industry, will serve as the primary sponsor for at least ten races, starting with the first race of the season at Daytona International Speedway. Created to save customers money on unexpected auto repairs, DriveSmart provides multiple vehicle service contracts with benefits including towing assistance, car rental assistance, roadside assistance, and trip interruption.
“After the Texas Motor Speedway race together, I was really impressed by the DGM Racing team, Kyle Weatherman, and their undeniable commitment on the track!” says DriveSmart CEO, Dan Rodd. “We at DriveSmart have a special appreciation for family-owned businesses, and this family-oriented team resonated with us, making our partnership even more meaningful. I knew at that moment there was no other place I would rather be for 2024.”
Weatherman and DGM Racing will hit the track in the DriveSmart Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway at 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The race will be televised on FS1.
Halmar Friesen Racing has made three crucial additions as its No. 52 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro team and driver Stewart Friesen prepare for the 2024 season.
Jimmy Villeneuve, a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, was selected as the team’s Crew Chief. Joining him is Dustin Dunn as Race Engineer and Tim Packman was hired in September as HFR’s Commercial and Communications Director.
Villeneuve, from Auburn, NH, brings 20 years of experience to HFR coming from Kyle Busch Motorsports as the crew chief for its No. 4 Toyota team. Prior to his tenure at KBM, “Jimmy V” worked at Wood Brothers Racing and Kevin Harvick, Inc.
“I am looking forward to working with Stewart Friesen,” Villeneuve said. “He is a winning driver in Trucks, Dirt Modifieds and pretty much all he has driven. My goal is to work with the incredible team he currently has and return HFR and Stewart back to a championship-contending team.”
Dunn has a Mechanical Engineering degree from UNC Charlotte and comes from KBM, as well. Before that, he was part of McAnally-Hilgermann Racing as a race engineer. The native of Jupiter, FL has been in motorsports more than two decades starting with go-karts at age 5 and then Super Late Models in Florida for 18 years.
Packman, a native of Akron, NY, is a 30-year motorsports veteran who, coincidentally, got his start from Friesen’s uncle, Alex Friesen, at Lancaster (NY) Motorplex and Ransomville Speedway as an announcer and Public Relations for the tracks. From there, he worked his way to the NASCAR ranks as part of NASCAR.com, Dale Earnhardt, Inc., MRN Radio and Richard Childress Racing. He was also a track promoter at Lancaster for three years.
“To say I’m already looking forward to the 2024 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season is an understatement,” Stewart Friesen said. “Bringing on these three industry veterans will help us achieve the goals we have been striving for the past few years.
“We talked to a lot of people to fill these positions and we know the best ones were hired for HFR. I like winning and have a lot of confidence that Jimmy V and Dustin will help make that happen with the already-great team we have in place.”
These moves are a continued effort by HFR and Halmar International, LLC owner Chris Larsen to keep improving the team.
“I’m very proud of what this HFR team did in 2023 and adding Jimmy, Dustin and Tim shows the commitment we’re making to turn into a champion for years to come. I can’t wait for Daytona,” Larsen said.
Jarrett, a leading provider of logistics, transportation, warehousing and fleet services, will partner with JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the third consecutive season in 2024, the team announced today. In addition, Jarrett will shift its presence to the No. 7 Chevrolet with driver Justin Allgaier after spending the last two seasons with JRM’s No. 8 team.
The Orrville, Ohio-based Jarrett, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next season, will have six primary races with Allgaier and the No. 7 team, the winningest driver-team combination in JRM history. Jarrett will have associate placement on the Chevrolet Camaro in the remaining events.
“It has been a blast getting to know Mike (Jarrett, founder, president and CEO) and his family during their time with JR Motorsports,” said Allgaier. “Mike is just as passionate about racing as he is about his company. I think we can do a lot for them in helping to create awareness around everything Jarrett has to offer.”
Jarrett is family-owned with a vision to be the best logistics company in the industry. Aimed at providing continuous improvement opportunities throughout clients’ supply chains, Jarrett focuses on enhancing operational efficiencies and ensuring seamless execution of end-to-end supply chains. Jarrett is known for world-class customer service, innovative technology and premier high-touch service
“We are thrilled to partner with JR Motorsports again this year,” said Mike Jarrett, founder, president and CEO of Jarrett. “Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 team embody integrity, teamwork and consistency, which are among Jarrett’s core values. We look forward to an exciting season and watching Justin capture the checkered flag!” said Mike Jarrett.
Allgaier brought home four wins in 2023 en route to a runner-up finish in the championship standings. His career totals include 23 NXS victories – 20 of which came with JRM - launching him to 11th on the all-time NXS win list.
Specific races for the No. 7 Jarrett Chevrolet will be announced at a later date.
Jarrett actively invites JR Motorsports fan engagement through its digital and social channels at www.goJARRETT .com, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Riley Green to Perform Pre-Race Concert for EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at COTA
Multi-platinum country-music superstar Riley Green will get Austin rocking with a Texas-sized pre-race concert before the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) on Sunday, March 24, 2024.
“My grandaddy was a huge fan of NASCAR and passed on his love for it to me,” said Green. ”He inspired my song 'Numbers On The Cars,' so I’m excited to get out to COTA and play before the big race. I’ll see y’all there!”
Green is scheduled to perform a 60-minute concert, pulling from his wide range of hits like “There Was This Girl,” “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” and “Georgia Time” in addition to his Top 20-and-climbing single, “Different ‘Round Here” (featuring Luke Combs) and other songs from his recently released second album, Ain’t My Last Rodeo. Following the concert, the green flag will fall on the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix as NASCAR makes a high-profile stop at one of the world’s premier road courses, Circuit of The Americas.
The pre-race concert, which will take place on the frontstretch infield of the 3.41-mile road course, is free for fans with an EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix ticket. Fans can upgrade with a Track Pass for stage-front access to the concert and NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions.
Raised on the sounds of traditional country, bluegrass and Southern gospel music, Green learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Buford Green, who created the Golden Saw Music Hall in their hometown of Jacksonville, Ala. Prior to pursuing his passion in country music, the duck-hunting enthusiast who once played quarterback at Jacksonville State University worked with his family framing houses.
Green burst onto the scene with his 2018 debut album, Different ‘Round Here (BMLG Records), which included the two-time, Platinum-certified hit "I Wish Grandpas Never Died” and the Platinum-certified single “There Was This Girl.” The 2020 ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year is currently on the road on his own headlining dates in addition to touring across North America on the Luke Combs World Tour with Lainey Wilson. For upcoming tour dates and more, visit RileyGreenMusic.com.
TICKETS: General admission adult tickets to the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix on Sunday, March 24, start at just $70. Kids 12 and under get in for just $10. Fans can upgrade their race-day experience with an additional Track Pass, including stage-front access for the Riley Green pre-race concert, driver introductions and more, for just $75. For tickets, upgrades, schedule information, camping and more, visit NASCARatCOTA.com.
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After Another Impressive Run in a 410 Sprint Car, Braden Chiaramonte Takes on Usac Midget Western Swing
After another stunning performance where he finished fifth in his second 410 sprint car start, teenage sensation Braden Chiaramonte is teaming up with noted West Coast car owner Matt Streeter for the USAC National Midgets Western Swing beginning Tuesday at the famous Bakersfield Speedway. The duo will follow Tuesday’s event with races Thursday and Friday at the Placerville Speedway, next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21st and 22nd, at the Merced Speedway and Saturday, November 25th at the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Ventura Raceway.
Chiaramonte, who lives in El Cajon, California, first teamed up with Streeter at the Bakersfield Speedway on April 16th, 2022. To the fans in the stands at the start of that night, the teen was just another name on the roster. That all changed in his first-ever USAC Midget heat race. After qualifying ninth, he started fourth in the hotly contested prelim. Using the outside line like a seasoned pro, he passed two cars in turn two on the first lap to move up to second. By the end of the first circuit, he had procured the lead and proceeded to move away from the pack. He led the race until lap seven when the defending series champion chased him down and got by. Chiaramonte finished second in that heat.
By the time the main came around that night, the track was shot after being pounded by five other divisions. Chiaramonte, who was 15 at the time, started the main in ninth. By lap eight, he steered Streeter’s #14 car up to fourth. A trip up to the wide line a few laps later saw him slip back and he ran from sixth to 10th the remainder of the way before crossing under the checkers 10th.
Chiaramonte made two more appearances in Streeter cars last year placing seventh at Ventura on May 21st and 10th at Merced on June 18th.
After the show at Bakersfield, Chiaramonte and Streeter will head north for two nights of racing this Friday and Saturday in the Hangtown 100 at the Placerville Speedway. After that, the team will be back in action next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21st and 22nd, at the Merced Speedway. The season will wrap up with the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway on November 25th.
Young Chiaramonte comes into the California swing after another impressive showing in a 410 sprint car at the Western World Championships at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway. It was not only Chiaramonte’s second and third appearances in a 410 but it was the first time he had ever raced at Cocopah. Three weeks earlier he shocked the 410 world by qualifying third fastest and finishing fourth at Mohave. The trip to Cocopah proved to be even more impressive as it was against a larger and tougher field that included several National drivers.
Opening night of the Western World Championships saw Chiaramonte qualify 16th of the 33 cars on hand with a lap of 17.151. By the time he came onto the track for his 10-lap heat, the track was pretty much gone and had turned into a tire-eating monster. The teen initially steered the immaculate #73B into second and ended up placing fourth. That earned him a direct ticket into the A main event.
When Chiaramonte returned to the pits after the heat, there was oil everywhere on the car. As the crew poured over the engine to find out where the oil was coming from, they found that a bolt for the valve cover had stripped out. Unfortunately, the team did not have a helicoil to make the repairs and they were done for the night.
Saturday, with repairs made and with vastly improved track conditions, Chiaramonte cut .407 off of his qualifying time and ended up seventh fastest of the 28 sprint cars on hand. He again earned a direct ticket to the main event by placing fourth in his heat.
For the main, Chiaramonte started seventh. Early on, the youthful driver slipped back a few spots before he began steering his white and bright orange sprint car forward. Around the halfway point he was seventh. Soon thereafter he moved up to fifth and stayed there for the duration giving him two top five finishes in the first two 410 sprint car starts in his career.
Spectator gates at Bakersfield will open at 4:00 p.m. with racing at 6:00. Adult tickets are $20.00. Seniors 65 and over and military with proper ID get in for $18.00. Kids 6-12 are $10.00 and children 5 and under are free. Parking is free. The track is located at 5001 North Chester Ext. Ave., Bakersfield (93308). The track website is http://www.bakersfieldspeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (661) 393-3373.
Gates will open each day at 3:00 p.m. with racing at 6:00 at Placerville. As well as tickets being available at the track before the races, they are also available in advance at the following link online https://www.placervillespeedway.com/. The track is located at 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, California. The office phone number is (530) 344-7592.
Chiaramonte would like to thank all his sponsors who have made his racing efforts possible. RTL Traffic Control, AM Ortega, Hyper Racing, Chop Design, Adams Motors, Hacienda Casa Blanca Fine Mexican Dining, Evil Plus Injection, King Racing Products, Tiner-Hirst Enterprises, and Keizer Wheels.
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Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities are reviving a long-standing holiday tradition with the return of the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony as part of SCC’s annual grant ceremony and bike giveaway on Tues., Dec. 5, 2023.
A 42-foot white fir tree will be the centerpiece of this year’s event that will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on the circle drive in front of the Speedway Club building. The tree giant tree arrived today at the speedway from Jones Forest Products, LLC in Grants Pass, Oregon.
This event is free open to the public but limited seating is first come, first served. Santa Claus will be on hand to join those gathered for hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, a spectacular fireworks display, and the lighting of the tree. At 6:30 p.m., Speedway Children's Charities-Texas will distribute grants to recipients representing non-profit organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. The event will conclude with a children’s bicycle giveaway sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Levy Restaurants will provide the cookies and hot chocolate.
“The Speedway Children’s Charities Tree Lighting ceremony became a Texas Motor Speedway tradition over the years so we’re thrilled to be able to host it once again for all to enjoy,” said Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter Executive Director Marissa Chaney. “This is also a very special night when we get to celebrate local agencies on the front lines and provide the funding required to continue serving the critical needs of North Texas children.”
Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas distributes grants each December to local nonprofit organizations and has provided more than $11.8 million since 1997.
In 2024, Speedway Children’s Charities Texas will hold race weekend events during the April 12-14 NASCAR Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 tripleheader that also includes the NASCAR Xfinity Series Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 250.
For more information at Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter or to donate, go to www.speedwaycharities.org/
The annual Gift of Light holiday light show returns to Texas Motor Speedway beginning Thanksgiving Night, Nov. 23 and runs every day through Jan. 7, 2024. Gift of Lights will be open Sunday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-10 p.m.
Event tickets and camping for Texas Motor Speedway's 2024 season are on sale now. Save up to 33 percent versus purchasing individual tickets, take advantage of interest-free monthly payments, get the best seat selection, and more.
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of a Safety penalty issued on Oct. 25, 2023 to driver Ryan Newman in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The penalty concerns the following sections of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 8.3.2.A Driver Responsibilities; 188.8.131.52.A&F Driver Protective Clothing/Equipment. The penalty issued was a $10,000 fine.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
- That the Appellant violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
- That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.
In reaching the above decision, the panel provided the following explanation: “We reached this conclusion because it was demonstrated that he didn’t wear the proper safety equipment during practice and qualifying. In the absence of a specific fine for the infraction, we listened to NASCAR’s description for how they arrived at the $10,000 penalty. However, the panel suggests NASCAR establish a policy that all safety violations have a published range.”
The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:
- Mr. Dixon Johnston
- Mr. Hunter Nickell
- Mr. Steve York
Big Game Motorsports and Gravel Win Big Events and Contend for World of Outlaws Title During Impressive Season
Big Game Motorsports produced a stellar season that was highlighted by more than a dozen feature victories and a runner-up result in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship standings.
David Gravel guided the team to 12 World of Outlaws wins - a series best - as well as a $50,000-to-win High Limit Sprint Car Series triumph.
"Big picture, it was a great year," he said. "We had a lot of car speed and we were able to challenge for a lot of wins. We ran up front in almost all of the big races. We had a charge at the Knoxville Nationals (from 22 nd to second) and our High Limit win was big stuff. Winning at Devil's Bowl during the last race there was meaningful. We dealt with three DNFs and felt we still gave ourselves a chance at the end of the year.
"I know we had a lot of things happen. There's about six nights we had some stuff happen to us that really hurt our performance. The 24th-place finish in blowing a tire at Jackson Motorplex and me crashing at U.S. 36 Raceway, which was my fault. And we had a part failure and finished at the back at Haubstadt. You have to learn from your mistakes and try to get better as a driver.
I was proud of us continuing to put our heads down and go to work."
The season began on a hot note as Gravel captured the first two and three of the first five World of Outlaws races - all at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. He was also victorious during Outlaws events at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.; at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.; at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa; at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.; at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.; at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa.; at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y.; at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas; and at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.
The team earned the biggest payout in sprint car racing history at the time and in World of Outlaws history on June 24 during the $250,000-to-win 2 nd annual BillionAuto.com Huset's High Bank Nationals presented by MENARDS at Huset's Speedway. The $50,000 High Limit victory occurred on Sept. 26 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
"We started off the year really, really good at Volusia," he said. "It was an awesome start. The Devil's Bowl win, being the final race ever at that track, and winning at Lernerville, beating Kyle (Larson) and Brad (Sweet) for $50,000 stand out. The Huset's High Bank Nationals in front of the Billion Automotive guys and at Tod's track, being the highest paid event in World of Outlaws history, was really, really cool. There were a lot of cool moments. And we had a lot of good seconds, too. I think we finished second 18 times.
"We were consistently up front. I know we were in the top five over 50 percent of the time. It's been a great year and we're definitely proud of what we're building and proud of the future."
This year marked the first time Gravel has led the World of Outlaws in victories. It also marked his third straight second-place finish in the championship standings and seventh podium in the last eight years.
The dozen World of Outlaws triumphs were the second most wins in a season for Gravel, who also posted his most top fives in a season. He led the series in heat race wins and podium results. Gravel ranked second in top 10s, in Quick Time Awards and in dash appearances.
The team will return to World of Outlaws full-time competition in 2024.
SEASON STATS -
80 races, 13 wins, 53 top fives, 68 top 10s, 76 top 15s, 76 top 20s
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Huset's Speedway is a dirt oval located in Brandon, S.D. The track opened in 1954 and has undergone a large renovation within the last few years, making it a premier destination for both marquee racing events and weekly programs. For more information, visit http://www.HusetsSpeedway.com
JACKSON MOTORPLEX -
Jackson Motorplex is a 4/10-mile dirt oval located in Jackson, Minn. It hosts special events from May through August, including races with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Midwest Power Series, Midwest Sprint Touring Series and more. For more information, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.
TICKET LINK -
To purchase online tickets for events at either Huset's Speedway or at Jackson Motorplex, visit http://mpv.tickets.com/
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