TULARE, CALIFORNIA (March 9, 2019) – After rained washed out the kickoff show on Friday night at Thunderbowl Raceway, Mother Nature played nice and gave the promoters and track crew a chance to groom the high banked, third-mile oval for some racing action on Saturday evening. There were 33 teams ready to roll in the pit area and one of those was the JJR’s Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/AutoMeter #41 Maxim for David Gravel. Philip and the JJR crew were ready to go racing in California.
Gravel would be the 11th car out for his two time trial laps. After hot laps were completed the team went to work to prepare their Kistler Engines powered Maxim Racing machine for the individual performance part of the show. When Californian Cory Eliason wrapped up his two laps, it was the Watertown, Connecticut drivers turn in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Weikert’s Livestock #41. His engine came to life and he did what he does best . . . go fast and turn left. He completed two good laps with the quicker of the two coming in at 14.576 seconds. When the last driver out stopped the clock, Gravel’s fastest lap was 12th quick overall.
With the first two heat races in the books, it started raining forcing a delay in the action. The promoter and track crew worked diligently to recover the surface when the precipitation stopped and gave the drivers a good track to race on. Drivers in the last two heat races were afforded the opportunity to hot lap again on the recovered surface before the heat races pushed off. Gravel would be in the fourth and final heat race and roll off third aboard the All Pro Auto Reconditioning/Cody Monoco Racing #41 Maxim as he shared the second row with Terry McCarl. Polesitter Carson Macedo led the field to the green flag with Kasey Kahne following close behind. Gravel entered low going into turn one and seized the show position behind Macedo and Kahne. He was able to close the gap on Kahne for the runner-up position momentarily as Macedo checked out. When the black and white cloth flew over heat race action it was Macedo taking the win on Kahne, Gravel and McCarl with Brent Marks claim the fifth and final transfer spot.
After a short break, track officials kept the show moving forward as the 35-lap feature event was called to the staging area. After making final adjustments on the J.R.C. Transportation, Inc./Durst Inc. #41 Maxim it was time to go racing California style. Ian Madsen and Daryn Pittman were on the front row as the JJR #41 lined up on the outside of row six. Madsen took command of the lead on the opening lap as Gravel went to work. He was fast and was able to move forward in the early to middle stages of the race. Madsen built a big lead as he maneuvered through lapped traffic in the waning stages of the event. Gravel would start to fade slightly at the end as Madsen took the win over Pittman, Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet with Tim Shaffer coming home sixth. Gravel was able to finish in the twelfth position and will now focus ahead to next weekend’s racing action at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night and the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night. Come out and catch up with David Gravel and the JJR team!
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