WOO: Gravel Steals Attica’s Brad Doty Classic With Late-Race Surge

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David Gravel (right) celebrates in victory lane at Attica Raceway Park with Brad Doty on Tuesday night. (Paul Arch photo)

ATTICA, Ohio — Tim Shaffer may have dominated Tuesday’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, but David Gravel stole the show and the $10,000 prize in the end.

Gravel surged around Shaffer coming to the white flag and never looked back, leading the final two laps of the 40-lap main event for his 10th Outlaws win of the year.

This marks a new career-high in single-season wins for Gravel, the first time he has hit double digit wins in his Outlaws tenure.

Tuesday was also Gravel’s first-career win both at Attica and in the Brad Doty Classic.

“It’s awesome,” Gravel said in victory lane of the crown jewel win. “(When the Doty was) at Lima, I finished on the podium a couple of times and could never win one. To win it at Attica, where we couldn’t even make it out of the ‘C’ last year … to rebound like that and win is just awesome.”

“There’s so much prestige with this race. Everybody wants to win Brad Doty’s race and you see it with 58 race cars (in the pits). I’m just happy to do it and do it at Attica.”

Shaffer was the polesitter for the 40-lap main event, with Attica fan favorite and Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Sheldon Haudenschild on the outside of the front row. Shaffer jumped to the early lead ahead of Haudenschild, while the rest of the field battled two and three-wide.

Shaffer wound up in traffic on lap seven, but didn’t have to deal with it for long. A red flag on lap nine when Dominic Scelzi turned on his side in turn two led to the first restart and gave Shaffer a clear track.

However, it was Haudenschild who got the better restart and slid in front of Shaffer to the lead in turn two. As Shaffer turned his No. 49x back under Haudenschild, the two drivers made contact exiting the corner, which flattened a left-side tire on Haudenschild’s No. 93.

Before the lap was complete, Kyle Larson spun his No.57 at the bottom of turn three to bring out the race’s second stoppage and allowed Haudenschild to replace the tire. Both Larson and Haudenschild were able to return and raced from the back to 10th and 12th-place finishes, respectively.

On the ensuing single-file restart, Shaffer drove away to a sizable lead again, this time ahead of Rico Abreu and Daryn Pittman.

Fifteen laps in, Shaffer was battling slower traffic again with a convincing 1.8-second lead to work with. It was erased by the final yellow flag of the race on lap 17 when Max Stambaugh came to a stop on the backstretch.

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