Out of championship contention, David Gravel continued his dominance at The Dirt Track at Charlotte by winning the 30-lap feature for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on the opening night of the NGK NTK World of Outlaws World Finals.
"Feels really good to get a win," Gravel said. "I didn't seal up second place in points and wanted to do good tonight and seal it up. I think we did that tonight. So, we go into tomorrow to just have some fun and try and get another one."
"It was just all track positioning," Gravel said. "I think if I got the lead on Logan, I don't think he would've passed me. It was just all about where you were at and being in the right place at the right time. Luckily, we were there.
"Brownie kept throwing sliders on me. I was running as hard as I could trying to clear him, and finally I was able to clear him. I had to run a torrid pace for those last 12 laps, and it took a damn long time. I got up to lapped traffic sooner than I wanted to. I saw there were seven to go. And I'm like, 'Man, I have to try something here.' It started cleaning up off the cushion, almost like it was taking rubber a little bit, so I moved down, and it worked out."
1. 2-David Gravel; 2. 14-Kerry Madsen; 3. 21-Brian Brown; 4. 41-Carson Macedo; 5. 15-Donny Schatz; 6. 19-Brent Marks; 7. 83-Kasey Kahne; 8. 49-Brad Sweet; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 10. 73-Justin Peck; 11. 5-Spencer Bayston; 12. 71-Shane Stewart; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 14. 91-Kyle Reinhardt; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen; 17. 93-Jac Haudenschild; 18. 55-Cole Macedo; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild; 20. 0-Lynton Jeffrey; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser; 22. 9-James McFadden; 23. 26-Cory Eliason; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson
Championship standings with one race remaining:
1. Brad Sweet (10,462); 2. David Gravel (-90); 3. Carson Macedo (-142); 4. Donny Schatz (-148); 5. Logan Schuchart (-286); 6. Sheldon Haudenschild (-348); 7. James McFadden (-772); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1222); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1436); 10. Jacob Allen (-1740).
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude the 2021 season with the 80th and final event on Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
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