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Gravel Conquers World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Inaugural I-94 Run

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series welcomes STP as their  title sponsor. (Courtesy of WoO)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series welcomes STP as their title sponsor. (Courtesy of WoO)

David Gravel scores his second career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory with win at I-94 Speedway.

Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - June 22, 2013 - David Gravel dominated I-94 Speedway on Saturday night and fought off the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series stars breathing down his neck for his first victory of the season and the second of his career.

Gravel started on the pole for the series' inaugural 30-lap feature at I-94 Speedway. He quickly jumped to the lead and tried to run away, but a caution on Lap 15 reset the field, with championship leader Daryn Pittman restarting alongside Gravel on the outside. Again Gravel got a big jump and powered back to the front, navigated traffic on the cushion and put his Wright Process Systems/ car in victory lane, just a few hours before his 21st birthday.

Pittman mounted a charge on lap 20, but still could not complete the pass as Gravel simply had lapped cars to navigate for the final laps. Sammy Swindell wound up third with Craig Dollansky and Kraig Kinser rounding out the top five.

In a showcase of the competitiveness of the top-four, their best laps were a mere .008 seconds different with Pittman running the quickest lap of 13.987.

"We've been struggling here lately, and had some bad luck last night (at River Cities)," said Gravel, of Watertown, Conn. "To get a win on my 21 st birthday is really awesome. Lapped traffic really stayed out of the way and the top was wide open and it made it a lot easier for me. I was pretty much flat out the whole time I had a lot of open track and I was really fortunate when the lapped cars came. Everything just fell our way. It's a young man's weekend. Cody won, then I won so, you know, it's cool to put the older guys down"

It was a great show of sportsmanship in victory lane, too, as several drivers offered congratulations to the young Gravel on his first win of the season.

Pittman's fast time in qualifying of 13.004, a track record in the Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips car, would not help in running down Gravel, but was good enough for the runner-up position, which helped him strengthen his advantage atop the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings.

"I think we were good, we hung with him pretty much the whole time, he pulled five or six car lengths and I felt like we could maintain that, but that's all we had," said Pittman, of Owasso, Okla. "There are good seconds and bad seconds, and I'm happy with that. Sometimes you just leave everything out on the track and you get beat and that's just how it goes. He made 30 really good laps. I knew I was going to need him to make a mistake either in traffic or on his own and he didn't, he made 30 good laps."

Big Game Motorsports teammates Swindell and Dollansky battled hard to settle the final spot on the podium. Dollansky threw several slide jobs at Swindell, but the legend never wavered.

"Tonight everything kind of went our direction, I mean we were close and we learned a lot tonight, but sometimes track position just takes it away," said Swindell, of Germantown, Tenn. "We've had quite a few of these thirds and some fourths. Some nights we've just had little things happen, but it's all coming together."

Dollansky would settle for a fourth place finish while Kraig Kinser would eventually secure the fifth spot. The younger Kinser had to hold off charges from father, Steve, and Donny Schatz.

It was another strong night for the King of the Outlaws, Steve Kinser. The elder Kinser picked up the KSE Hard Charger award and finished one spot outside the top five ahead of second in points, Schatz.

In the championship standings, Pittman still holds a commanding lead of 134 points over Schatz with Paul McMahan now in third 18 points behind the five-time champion.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday to kick off a triple-header weekend. Friday night the series invades to LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway for the first time since 2010, then goes north on Saturday night to Beaver Dam (Wis.) Raceway, and then finishes the weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.



NOTES - Daryn Pittman was the fastest qualifier around high-banked, 3/8th-mile oval with a time of 13.004 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Sammy Swindell (4 points), Paul McMahan (3), David Gravel (2) and Steve Kinser (1). ... Donny Schatz, Craig Dollansky, Jason Solwold and David Gravel won heat races. ... The dash draw was a 4 for the 5th time this year. ... Cody Darrah won the dash for the first time this year.


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CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jordon Adams; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; STP ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell;Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Sides; UNOH ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; Superflow ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Tim Kaeding; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Steve Kinser; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): David Gravel; Armor All (case of product): Jason Solwold; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): David Gravel; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Craig Dollansky, Chad Kemenah, Jordon Adams; JE Pistons (set of rings): Greg Nikitenko and Jordon Adams.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; I-94 Speedway; Fergus Falls, Minn.; June 22, 2013

A-Main - (30 Laps): 1. 6-David Gravel [1] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] [$5,500]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [3] [$3,200]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky [5] [$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6] [$2,500]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [11] [$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [9] [$2,200]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [4] [$2,100]; 9. 51-Paul McMahan [7] [$2,050]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [13] [$2,000]; 11. 71M-Joey Saldana [12] [$1,500]; 12. 4-Cody Darrah [8] [$1,200]; 13. 82-Jason Solwold [10] [$1,100]; 14. 63-Chad Kemenah [15] [$1,050]; 15. 19-Ryan Wilson [18] [$1,000]; 16. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [20] [$900]; 17. 9N-Wade Nygaard [17] [$800]; 18. 5-Dave Glennon [23] [$800]; 19. 97G-Jody Rosenboom [16] [$800]; 20. 2-Austin Pierce [19] [$800]; 21. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [24] [$800]; 22. 83-Tim Kaeding [14] [$800]; 23. 20A-Jordon Adams [22] [$800]; 24. 21K-Lou Kennedy [21] [$800]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11-Steve Kinser [+5].

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.004; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.113; 3. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.132; 4. 6-David Gravel, 13.153; 5. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.176; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.181; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.202; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.217; 9. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.251; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.269; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.276; 12. 82-Jason Solwold, 13.277; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.298; 14. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.314; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.459; 16. 97G-Jody Rosenboom, 13.481; 17. 10TRB-Bob Martin, 13.630; 18. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 13.638; 19. 91K-Kyle Fedyk, 13.695; 20. 19-Ryan Wilson, 13.707; 21. 20K-Thomas Kennedy, 13.735; 22. 5-Dave Glennon, 13.780; 23. 2-Austin Pierce, 13.798; 24. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 13.835; 25. 21K-Lou Kennedy, 13.844; 26. 20A-Jordon Adams, 14.615; 27. 69-Brandon Rekow, 15.149; 28. 8-Casey Mack, nt.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 6-David Gravel [3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 6. 97G-Jody Rosenboom [6]; 7. 21K-Lou Kennedy [9]; 8. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [7]; 9. 5-Dave Glennon [8]; 10. 8-Casey Mack [10].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 5. 83-Tim Kaeding [5]; 6. 19-Ryan Wilson [7]; 7. 2-Austin Pierce [8]; 8. 10TRB-Bob Martin [6]; 9. 20A-Jordon Adams [9].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 82-Jason Solwold [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 6. 9N-Wade Nygaard [6]; 7. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [8]; 8. 20K-Thomas Kennedy [7]; 9. 69-Brandon Rekow [9].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 6-David Gravel [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 8. 4-Cody Darrah [7]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 10. 82-Jason Solwold [10].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 21K-Lou Kennedy [7] [-]; 2. 2-Austin Pierce [5] [-]; 3. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [6] [-]; 4. 20A-Jordon Adams [8] [-]; 5. 5-Dave Glennon [4] [-]; 6. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [2] [-]; 7. 10TRB-Bob Martin [1] [$200]; 8. 20K-Thomas Kennedy [3] [$180]; 9. 8-Casey Mack [9] [$175]; 10. 69-Brandon Rekow [10] [$160].

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