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.
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“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.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.
The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29. The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.
On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.
“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.
The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!
The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.
The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.
Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022. The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.
Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.
Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.