Any of the 10 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champions will tell you that the ability to battle adversity is crucial in climbing the mountaintop.
If you’re one of the best, you’re certainly going to experience a fair share of glorious moments over the course of a 90-race schedule, but you’re not exempt from the bumps in the road. It’s about how you handle those moments that define your season.
On Saturday, David Gravel and Big Game Motorsports passed their first true test of the season with flying colors. From on the wrecker with a junked race car at 10pm Friday night to basking in victory lane’s confetti at 10pm on Saturday, the #2 boys excelled with an A+ bounce back.
“This feels really good,” a relieved Gravel said post-race. “I feel like we’ve been in contention to win every race this year but maybe one, so to have a 15th & 23rd following that start to the season was a bit depressing. We knew we were fast every night, but the results just didn’t show for it. These guys busted their asses today to make this possible. They woke up super early, built this new car, and it all paid off.”
A 7am alarm clock and all-day effort from Cody Jacobs, Trey Bowman, and Zach Patterson eventually led to the new car being finished just before hot laps. From there, Gravel took the wheel and did what he does best – timing in second, winning the heat, and topping a wild 30-lapper at Perris Auto Speedway.
To seal the deal on the rewarding comeback, Gravel was forced to manage a race that featured the most lead changes this season. He and Carson Macedo swapped the top spot on five occasions, including a pair of sliders on Lap 28 as things got heated. The Watertown, CT native then survived a green-white-checkered to bank his 71st career win and second of the 2022 season.
“When the #41 slid me like that I was ready to go and I was gonna give it right back at him,” Gravel commented on his battle with Macedo. “Those cautions were killing me, but it all worked out.”
UP NEXT (Tues) – After three weeks in California, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series now begins the journey back east. The Greatest Show on Dirt has a busy week with three races including stops at Vado (NM) Speedway Park on Tuesday, March 29, Lawton (OK) Speedway on Friday, April 1, and Devil’s Bowl (TX) on Saturday, April 2.
NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (31 Laps, GWC) – 1. 2-David Gravel [$10,000]; 2. 14-Corey Day [$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$2,500]; 6. 88N-DJ Netto [$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [$2,200]; 8. 5-Spencer Bayston [$2,100]; 9. 26-Cory Eliason [$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,000]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [$1,600]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$1,400]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [$1,200]; 14. 24X-Chase Johnson [$1,100]; 15. 21-Mitchell Faccinto [$1,050]; 16. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$1,000]; 18. 88-Austin McCarl [$1,000]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [$1,000]; 20. 19AZ-Tanner Thorson [$1,000]; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [$1,000]; 22. 83-James McFadden [$1,000]; 23. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$1,000]; 24. 91R-Brody Roa [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-7, 9-12, 28; David Gravel 8, 13-27, 29-31. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+7]
NEW Championship Standings (After 10/85 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (1,400); 2. Carson Macedo (-20); 3. David Gravel (-22); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-46); 5. Giovanni Scelzi (-88); 6. James McFadden (-98); 7. Donny Schatz (-100); 8. Logan Schuchart (-104); 9. Cory Eliason (-106); 10. Spencer Bayston (-148).
David Gravel is from Watertown, CT.