Gravel Sweeps the Night in ‘Commonwealth Clash’ at Lernerville Speedway!

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Sarver, PA (September 25, 2021) David Gravel of Watertown, CT came into the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series sanctioned ‘Commonwealth Clash’ with high hopes as Lernerville Speedway is one of his favorite tracks that the Outlaws visit. Gravel’s high hopes turned into a night where he would set fast time, win his heat race, win the dash, and hold off a hard charging Brad Sweet to also win the $10,000 to-win main event. 

By virtue of his dash win, Gravel led the field to the green flag with Wayne Johnson on his outside. Johnson won the drag race into turn one and took the lead as the field completed the first lap. The pace was slowed on lap two as Marcus Dumesny got upside down in turn one. Johnson continued to lead when racing resumed with Gravel hounding him lap after lap. As Gravel kept Johnson within striking distance, series point leader Brad Sweet made his way past Donny Schatz for the third spot and began reeling in the leaders. Johnson caught lapped traffic on lap 10 which helped Gravel and Sweet to gain ground. Sweet was the first to take advantage of the traffic as he made his way by Gravel for the second spot on lap 11. Sweet wasted no time tracking down the leader as on lap 12 he blasted his way past Johnson to take command of the 35-lap main event.

Sweet pulled out to a full second lead over the field while Gravel got by Johnson for second on lap 16 and set his sights on Sweet for the lead. Gravel explored different lines around ‘The Action Track’ in search of the fastest route to catch the race leader as early race leader Johnson, fell back to fifth as Schatz and James McFadden were both able to get by. With 20 laps completed, Sweet had a 1.8 second lead but on lap 22, the 2021 Lernerville Speedway track champion, A.J. Flick, stopped in turn one to bring out the caution and negate the lead that Sweet had. On the ensuing restart, Sweet held the advantage through turns one and two but Gravel got a run down the back straightaway and dove under Sweet as the duo entered turn three and completed the slider in turn four to take the lead. By lap 25 Gravel held a one second lead and pounded the cushion for the last 10 laps to stretch his lead to 1.478 seconds when the checkered flag fell giving him his 10th World of Outlaws win of the season and his third ‘Commonwealth Clash’. Sweet finished second with Schatz in third, McFadden fourth, and Sheldon Haudenschild finishing fifth. Carson Macedo came home sixth followed by Jacob Allen in seventh, Logan Schuchart eighth, Kasey Kahne ninth, and Wayne Johnson rounded out the top-ten.

‘I had enough position to send in there on him (Sweet) and I was able to squeak by, and that was the race,’ Gravel said in Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane. ‘Once I got by him, I knew, I was going to have to get my elbows up and run hard for the 11-lap dash to the end. None of the lappers were running the top in (turns) one and two and I could run it extremely hard. I really wanted to get 10 wins, it feels really good to get double-digit wins, that’s for sure.’

Logan McCandless took the lead from Jarrett Rosencrance on lap eight of the 20-lap Allegheny Sprint Tour feature event and never looked back to claim the victory. McCandless was followed by Rosencrance in second, Jeff Weaver, Jr. in third, Steve Kenawell was fourth with the Allegheny Sprint Tour point leader, Steve Cousins coming home fifth. Kyle Colwell was sixth with Rob Felix, Scott Frack, Jake Gomola, and Tylor Cochran completing the top-ten.


World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

Commonwealth Clash
Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA
Saturday, September 25, 2021

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprints ‘Commonwealth Clash’ ($10,000 to-win): 2 – David Gravel, 49 – Brad Sweet, 15 – Donny Schatz, 9 – James McFadden, 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild, 41 – Carson Macedo, 1A – Jacob Allen, 1S – Logan Schuchart, 83 – Kasey Kahne, 2C – Wayne Johnson, 11K – Kraig Kinser, 3Z – Brock Zearfoss, 22 – Brandon Spithaler, 10 – Paulie Colagiovanni, 19 – Paige Polyak, 7S – Jason Sides, 42 – Sye Lynch, 46 – Michael Bauer, C1 – Clay Riney, 2F – A.J. Flick, 11 – Carl Bowser, 12 –  Darin Gallagher, 47N – Marcus Dumesny, 23JR – Jack Sodeman, Jr., 28 – Tim Shaffer

Drydene Heat Race #1: 2 – David Gravel, 9 – James McFadden, 11K – Kraig Kinser, 19 – Paige Polyak, 7S – Jason Sides, 46 – Michael Bauer, 13 – Brandon Matus, 5K – Adam Kekich, 4K – Bill Kiley 

Drydene Heat Race #2: 2C – Wayne Johnson, 41 – Carson Macedo, 1A – Jacob Allen, 83 – Kasey Kahne, 22 – Brandon Spithaler, 23Jr – Jack Sodeman, Jr., 12 – Darin Gallagher, 08 – Dan Kuriger


Drydene Heat Race # 3: 49 – Brad Sweet, 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild, 1S – Logan Schuchart, 42 – Sye Lynch, 11 – Carl Bowser, 6 – Bob Felmlee, C1 – Clay Riney, 31C – Chase Metheney

Drydene Heat Race #4: 15 – Donny Schatz, 3Z – Brock Zearfoss, 2F – A.J. Flick, 47N – Marcus Dumesny, 28 – Tim Shaffer, 10 – Paulie Colagiovanni, 33 – Brent Matus, 40 – George Hobaugh

DIRTVision FastPass Dash: 2 – David Gravel, 2C – Wayne Johnson, 15 – Donny Schatz, 49 – Brad Sweet, 3Z – Brock Zearfoss, 9 – James McFadden, 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild, 41 – Carson Macedo


Micro Lite Last Chance Showdown:  46 – Michael Bauer, 23JR – Jack Sodeman, Jr., C1 Clay Riney, 10 – Paulie Colagiovanni, 12 – Darin Gallagher, 5K – Adam Kekich, 13 – Brandon Matus, 33 – Brent Matus, 4K – Bill Kiley, 6 – Bob Felmlee, 31C – Chase Metheney, 08 – Dan Kuriger, 40 – George Hobaugh, 7NY – Matt Farnham

NOS Energy Drink Qualifying:
2 – David Gravel 12.416

41 – Carson Macedo 12.465

49 – Brad Sweet 12.491

15 – Donny Schatz 12.530

9 – James McFadden 12.541

2C – Wayne Johnson 12.608

17 – Sheldon Haudenschild 12.617

3Z – Brock Zearfoss 12.638

11K – Kraig Kinser 12.665

83 – Kasey Kahne 12.679

1S – Logan Schuchart 12.696

2F – A.J. Flick 12.719

19 – Paige Polyak 12.721

1A – Jacob Allen 12.724

42 – Sye Lynch 12.729

47N – Marcus Dumesny 12.795

46 – Michael Bauer 12.820

22 – Brandon Spithaler 12.845

C1 – Caly Riney 12.853

28 – Tim Shaffer 12.870

13 – Brandon Matus 12.875

23JR – Jack Sodeman, Jr. 12.916

6 – Bob Felmlee 12.928

40 – George Hobaugh 12.962

5K – Adam Kekich 13.004

12 – Darin Gallagher 13.006

11 – Carl Bowser 13.030

10 – Paulie Colagiovanni 13.216

7S – Jason Sides 13.245

08 – Dan Kuriger 13.360

31C – Chase Metheney 13.709

33 – Brent Matus 13.767

4K – Bill Kiley 14.511

7NY – Matt Farnham NT

Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprint Car Main Event: (29) Logan McCandless, (25) Jarrett Rosencrance, (52) Jeff Weaver Jr., (17K) Steve Kenawell, (56) Steve Cousins, (80JR) Kyle Colwell, (21) Rob Felix, (39X) Scott Frack, (4J) Jake Gomola, (19) Tylor Cochran, (20M) Vivian Jones, (82M) Roman Jones, (16) Jim Morris, (88) Greg Dobrosky, (154) Shamus O’Donnell, (97) J.R. Jameson, (4B) Walt Tutak Jr., (347) Nevan O’Donnell, (19) Andy Cavanaugh, (12G) Tommy Jasen

Allegheny Sprint Tour Heat 1: (4J) Jake Gomola, (19) Tylor Cochran, (29) Logan McCandless, (88) Greg Dobrosky, (x7) Andy Cavanaugh, (20M) Vivian Jones, (39X) Scott Frack, (16) Jim Morris, (154) Shamus O’Donnell, (12G) Tommy Jasen

Allegheny Sprint Tour Heat 2: (52) Jeff Weaver Jr., (17K) Steve Kenawell, (25) Jarrett Rosencrance, (21) Rob Felix, (56) Steve Cousins, (82M) Roman Jones, (80Jr) Kyle Colwell, (4B) Walt Tutak Jr., (347) Nevan O’Donnell, (97) J.R. Jameson

On Friday, October 1, Lernerville Speedway will hold a Test & Tune in preparation for the highly anticipated Steel City Stampede scheduled for October 14-16.

Tickets for all upcoming events can be purchased at www.Lernerville.com, the online home of Lernerville Speedway.

For more information on Lernerville Speedway please visit www.Lernerville.com.

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