JACKSON, Minn. — David Gravel has been the most consistent driver in the month of June with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
Gravel has an average finish of 3.5 and has not finished outside of the top-10 in the eight races thus far in the month, through June 19, and he looks to keep that momentum going as Billion Ford presents Mayhem at the Motorplex for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and National Sprint League on Friday at the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota.
Gravel and his CJB Motorsports team are sponsored by Big Game Treestands, which is based in nearby Windom, Minn. and owned by Tod Quiring, who also owns Jackson Motorplex.
“I was quick time there and ran pretty well last time we were up there, so I’m looking forward to heading back to Jackson,” said Gravel. “I always enjoy the big, fast track and they have done quite a bit to the track and entire facility since the last time we were up there. I believe they put a wall on the backstretch, so that will be a little different. To go to a supporter of our team’s, home track, will be great.”
Gravel has competed on a couple of sprawling half-mile tracks recently, including taking advantage of a pair of off-days for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series over Memorial Day weekend to race at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania. Gravel finished second and fourth on the two nights of the Bob Weikert Memorial against the always tough Pennsylvania Posse, and he also finished third and fifth on June 10-11 on the half-mile at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa with the Outlaws.
“I think we’ll unload at Jackson (Motorplex) pretty close to what we used at Port Royal, because the two tracks are fairly similar and go from there. “The two tracks are definitely comparable and any information you have and that you can apply from another track always helps in terms of a baseline.”
Gravel, who bounced around rides the last couple of years, seems to have found a home with the CJB Motorsports and the No. 5 team. The young driver has veteran crew chief Barry Jackson turning the wrenches for him, and the entire crew has gelled very well in their first season together.
“Sometimes on a new deal it takes off really fast and other times it takes a little while to get going, but I think we’ve done pretty well. We’ve had a few misfortunes this year, but for the most part have been running well and have been fast most nights, which always helps.”
The visit to the Jackson Motorplex for Gravel and his fellow World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competitors is part of a busy stretch of 11 races in a 29-day stretch. The series visits 10 different tracks in 10 states during that span. The event in Jackson will be the second and final stop of the season in the state of Minnesota for the Outlaws this season.
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