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.