Gravel, who started 4th, passed leader James McFadden on the backstretch on lap 15 and never looked back en route to the checkered flag and the $25,000-grand prize.
The victory was the third for Gravel at The Action Track and fifth victory of the 2019 season.
— World of Outlaws (@WorldofOutlaws) July 24, 2019
“In turns 1 & 2 I was really good, and I was able to carry a lot of speed down the back stretch,” said Gravel, who come into the race third in the championship points standings. “I just didn’t have to rely on the top. I thought we had the best car below it.”
Larson, the defending Don Martin Memorial Cup winner, started sixth and was up to fourth after the first lap and was up to third place by Lap 7 and was in 2ndplace by Lap 20 of the 40-Lap feature.
Larson started running down Gravel and cut his lead to 1.9-seconds on lap 23 and to 1.1-seconds with 15-laps to go. Larson kept digging, cutting the margin to .9-seconds with 12-laps to go.
Larson started encountering heavier traffic at that point and Gravel was able to maneuver though it quickly and build his lead back to 2.9-seconds with 9-laps-to-go and extended the lead to 4.8-seconds with 4-laps to go.
“I thought I had a shot but once we got to heavier traffic, he got through it really fast,” said Larson. “I just needed a little more. All in all a good night. Every time I’ve ran here, I’ve either been first or second, just wish I could’ve been one spot better.”
McFadden wound up third, his fourth Top 5 finish in 2019 and said Gravel’s momentum down the backstretch was the difference.
“The 9 car has got a lot of speed,” said McFadden. “We struggled a little bit off (turn) two but I couldn’t keep up with the 41 (Gravel).”
Brad Sweet finished fourth and Donny Schatz rounded out the Top 5 with Aliquippa native Tim Shaffer finishing sixth after running as high as fourth.
Logan Schuchart came home seventh followed by Shane Stewart in eighth and Daryn Pittman in ninth. Sheldon Haudenschild rounded out the Top 10.
Lernerville points leader A.J. Flick finished 19thwith Lernerville regulars Sye Lunch 22ndand Carl Bowser 25th.
The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 007
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This week on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast, we talk with W Series and Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver Sabré Cook, who is also an engineer. We also talk with 3-time Lernerville 410-Sprint Car division Champion A.J. Flick. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Racing Notebook – Thursday, March 19: F1 Postpones Monaco; WoO Postpones Races and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Formula One and the World of Outlaws are the latest sanctioning bodies to postpone races because of the coronavirus outbreak. The RUSH Sprint Car Series gets a new points fund sponsor and “Super Tex” taking care of his employees during a difficult time.
Formula One Postpones Monaco Grand Prix:
- Formula One has postponed three additional races because of the coronavirus pandemic including the Monaco Grand Prix. Also postponed were the Dutch and Spanish GP’s. The first seven races of the F1 season have now been postponed. The next race on the calendar is in Azerbaijan on June 7. F1 has moved the mid-season break from August to March and April and has extended the break from 14 to 21 consecutive days. The F1 season is scheduled to end with the Abu Dhabi GP on Nov. 29, but could be extended to fit in some of the postponed races.
World of Outlaws Postpones Races:
- The World of Outlaws has postponed all NOS Energy Sprint Car and Morton Building Late Model races through March. The sanctioning body hopes to reschedule the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series races originally planned for Friday, March 27th at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Saturday, March 28th at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. The World of Outlaws will continue to monitor developments across our nation and make decisions on future events when appropriate.
A.J. Foyt Racing To Pay Employees During COVID-19 Shutdown:
- A.J. Foyt Racing is continuing to pay their employees despite temporarily shutting down their race shops in Texas and Indianapolis due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Our biggest concern is for the health of our communities and our employees, so we are closing the race shops for the time being,” said Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. “I want to thank our partners and sponsors for their support and understanding during these extraordinary times. Many people will face some difficult challenges in the coming days. A.J. and I wish everyone the best, and we look forward to going racing again when the time is right.”
The RUSH Sprint Car Series Gets A New Points Fund Sponsor:
- The RUSH Racing Series announced that Equipment Rental Options are stepping up to be the sponsor of the RUSH Sprint Car Series weekly championship points fund, replacing original points fund sponsor Bonnell’s Rod Shop. The RUSH Sprint Car Series opens their 2020 season May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Read our complete story here.
Equipment Rental Options To Sponsor RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Championship Point Fund
PULASKI, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The RUSH Racing Series has announced the Equipment Rental Options has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Championship Points Fund for the RUSH Sprint Car Series.
The 2020 Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series Championship will feature 30 RUSH Sprint Car events concluding with the “Steel City Stampede” at Lernerville Speedway on October 17.
Equipment Rental Options is co-owned by current RUSH Sprint Car racer, Arnie Kent. Kent, who got his start in Micro Sprints before moving up the Sprint Car ladder, won the division’s first ever race in 2018 at Lernerville.
“We’re very thankful Arnie has stepped up with his Equipment Rental Options so we can maintain the lucrative point fund,” said Vicki Emig, RUSH Racing Series Director. “Arnie has been a longtime friend of both Mike (Leone, RUSH Director) and myself as well as many of our racers, and we’re really looking forward to being able to promote his growing business!”
Equipment Rental Options currently has two locations in western Pennsylvania; one in Hermitage and another in New Castle; Equipment Rental Options will be moving into a larger facility at 3587 Clover Lane just off Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle this summer.
Bonnell’s Rod Shop had been the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Series Championship during the first two years of the division’s inception. In fact, their sponsorship allowed the point fund to grow to more than $20,000 after the program was originally announced back in 2017.
“We have to thank Scott Bonnell for his unwavering support of the RUSH Sprint Cars,” said Emig. “Scott was behind the concept from day one, had a car in the Series, and offered financial support to grow the point fund without us even approaching him. We know he will remain a strong proponent of the Series.”
The RUSH Sprint Car Series Season Opener is scheduled for May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.