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Gravel Wins Second Straight Outlaw Sprint Feature At Weedsport

With a huge, standing-room-only crowd looking on, David Gravel, the 30-year-old, Watertown, Connecticut racer bolted out into an early lead and easily rolled to a $10,000 victory on the slick, three-eighth-mile Weedsport oval.

By Dick O’Brien

It was Gravel’s second straight Weedsport triumph for his Big Game Motorsports team. He now has five World of Outlaws wins in 2022 and 74 for his career.

Ten-time Outlaw champion, Donnie Schatz, and Gravel shared the front row for the main event and Schatz led the first twelve circuits. But the winner caught the leader in heavy lap traffic, took over on lap thirteen and never looked back.

Cicero’s Paul Colagiovanni raced up through the field and secured a podium finish with a fine third-place windup. WoO point leader Brad Sweet was fourth, followed by Jacob Allen and Carson Macedo. Larry Wight was the hard charger for the night, starting seventeenth and finishing seventh. Spencer Bayston, James McFadden and Bobby Varin completed the top ten finishers.

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A controversial incident occurred midway through the feature when Sheldon Haudeschild spun into the infield just off the racing surface in the first turn area. The driver sits third in Outlaw points and was running in the top five in Saturday’s race.
But WoO officials elected to not throw a caution flag and Haudenschild lost several laps before jumping out of his car and throwing his helmet onto the track to create a caution period. He then took his sprinter into the pits for the rest of the night and was scored in the back of the field.