LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (February 28, 2019) – After a strong run was cut short on Wednesday night, David Gravel and the JJR #41 were back at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas for the second night of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown as 38 powerful sprint car teams registered to race at the half-mile oval in Nevada. Philip, Tyler and Patrick rolled the Mark Burch Motorsports/Jonestown KOA #41 Maxim out of the hauler and were ready to go racing in Las Vegas.
The driver from Watertown, Connecticut rolled his beautiful Logo Daddy Graphics/Buckwalter Trucking Maxim into the staging area as he awaited his two time trial laps. He would push off early and would take the green flag to start the clock. He had his Hoosier Racing Tires digging in and he was making tracks and not looking back. When he took the one flag signaling one more lap, he stayed on the loud pedal and the talent chauffeur hit each of his marks. The second lap was the better of his two laps at 14.942 seconds, which was good enough for fourth quick overall in Flight A.
He would earn a front row starting position in the second heat race aboard the Durst, Inc./Weikert’s Livestock #41 as he sharedthe row with polesitter Ian Madsen. The heat race field was loaded with talented as Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Cole Macedo, Kasey Kahne, Dominic Scelzi, Chad Kemenah and Austin McCarl rounded out the starting lineup. When the yellow lights were replaced with green ones, the air was filled with the raw power of 410 sprint car engines. Madsen seized the lead as Gravel found himself embroiled in a three-car battle for the runner-up position with Carson Macedo and Reutzel. Carson Macedo would take control of the spot followed by Reutzel and Gravel. Gravel stayed up on the wheel and took over the show position as Ian Madsen took the win followed by Carson Macedo, Gravel, and Reutzel with Scelzi claiming the fifth and final transfer spot.
Advancing to the 30-lap feature event, Gravel and the JJR crew readied The Boyd Family/KSE Racing Products/FK Rod Ends #41 Maxim. Donny Schatz and Jason Sides represented the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink on the front row as David Gravel was back in the inside of row six beside Shane Golobic. Schatz led lap one as Gravel went to work from the office in his Maxim Racing chassis. David Gravel stayed patient and methodically worked his way through the field showing off his Greber Racing Components as the air flowed over the Vortex Racing Products wing. As the track took rubber the racing was heating up as Pittman passed Schatz for the race lead. Gravel was firmly entrenched in the top ten as he looked to pick up more positions in the running order. The laps were clicking down and before you knew it race leader Daryn Pittman took the white flag with Schatz close behind. Schatz made the last lap, last corner pass to capture his first win of the year over Pittman, Logan Schuchart and Ian Madsen with Kyle Larson coming home fifth. Carson Macedo came home sixth and David Gravel was seventh aboard the J.R.C. Transportation/Tiger Towing #41 Maxim. David and the team were back on track with another good run in the forty-one!
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