Inside Line Promotions - ELDON, Mo. (March 30, 2021) - David Gravel guided Big Game Motorsports to its 10th top-10 result of the season last Saturday during the Jason Johnson Classic.
A rough track made for a challenging night from the start as Gravel qualified 12th quickest.
"I missed it a little in qualifying and messed up in turn three," he said. "That put us behind a little in the heat race. We gained a spot in the heat to start the feature ninth, which wasn't too bad because it was a rough track."
Advancing from fourth to third place in a heat race locked Gravel into a starting position on the inside of the fifth row for the A Main, which was shortened from 41 laps to 30 laps because of track conditions.
"We weren't bad and weren't good," he said. "It wasn't the typical Lake Ozark we're used to, but that's one of the things about dirt racing. The first three or four laps there were two or three guys a corner biking up on two wheels. It's one of those things you balance out the risk versus reward. There were a couple of close calls. We were happy to roll out with a top 10 and move onto the next one."
Gravel's seventh-place result has him tied for the second-most top 10s this season during World of Outlaws competition with eight in nine races.
The World of Outlaws weekend opener at U.S. 36 Raceway near Osborn, Mo., rained out on Friday.
The team remains in Missouri this weekend when Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely hosts a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday. Gravel was victorious at the track in 2016.
"Pevely is going to be exciting," he said. "The one time we went there last year during the COVID-19 stuff it was track record speed. It'll be interesting to see what type of track we'll get. We're there twice this weekend and two more times later in the season. You have to be good at Pevely to want to contend in the points. I feel like I've been pretty solid there."
QUICK RESULTS -
March 27 - Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 7 (9).
SEASON STATS -
11 races, 1 win, 7 top fives, 10 top 10s, 11 top 15s, 11 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
THE SHOWDOWN -
THE SHOWDOWN is one of the biggest weeks of racing for winged sprint car drivers. The action begins on June 20 with a $5,000-to-win 410ci winged sprint car event followed by two days of the Huset's 50. All three nights are hosted by Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., before Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., showcases the famed AGCO Jackson Nationals June 24-26. The final five nights of THE SHOWDOWN are World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races with a total purse exceeding $500,000. Additionally, if a driver is able to win the final night of the Huset's 50 and the AGCO Jackson Nationals he or she will bring home a whopping $180,000.
TICKET LINK -
Advanced tickets for THE SHOWDOWN can be purchased at https://mpv.tickets.com/schedule/?agency=JKMV_PL_MPV&orgid=55369#/?view=list&includePackages=true
INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS -
Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.
To meet the media relations needs of your program by joining Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or Shawn@InsideLinePromotions.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com.
*PHOTO BY TRENT GOWER PHOTOGRAPHY*