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Gravel Leads All 30 at Sharon; Seventh Win of the Year

David Gravel

David Gravel competing with the World of Outlaws at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH (Photo: Trent Gower | World Racing Group)

HARTFORD, Ohio The World of Outlaws sprint cars stayed in Ohio for their Saturday night race by going to Sharon Speedway to race in the Sprint Car Showdown.

During qualifying earlier in the night, Sheldon Haudenschild ripped the fastest lap around the half-mile track with a 14.113 second run. The second highest running car was Giovanni Scelzi with a 14.141 second lap.

David Gravel and Sye Lynch led the field to green to start the 30-lap main event, but because the flaggers thought they saw Lynch jump Gravel they threw the caution flag and moved him back a row, placing Scelzi in second.

As everyone raced towards Turns 1 and 2, Gravel took the lead. But Scelzi was not going to give up that easily as he was right there behind him in pursuit of that first-place position. But Scelzi’s attention on Gravel was not his best move as Carson Macedo passed him on the low side on Lap 2 with no problems.

Eight laps later, Scelzi was going into Turn 3 with Donny Schatz right beside him. It appeared that lap car Landon Crawley was going to get in the way of Schatz making a move on “Hot Sauce” but the veteran knew what he was doing and slid in front of Scelzi to take over third.

Sheldon Haudenschild

Sheldon Haudenschild competing with the World of Outlaws at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH (Photo: Trent Gower | World Racing Group)

After a restart due to Lee Jacobs slowing on the back stretch, Scelzi ran the high side and passed Schatz for third also on the back straight. Schatz did not like that too much and decided he wanted third back. He trailed behind him for a few laps before he raced side-by-side with him down the back stretch once again. Schatz used the air between the two of them to get ahead of Scelzi and take over third, once again.

Nate Dussel slowed on the front stretch and brought out another caution and this allowed Schatz to get right up beside Macedo to compete for second. As they entered Turn 3, Schatz went low while Macedo went high and Schatz was able to come out in front ahead of Macedo and slide right into position. He was in second with seven laps remaining.

Schatz remained in second for the duration of the race as did Gravel in first. Macedo, Logan Schuchart and Scelzi rounded out the top five.

“Really, I don’t think Sye [Lynch] jumped the start,” said Gravel. “It was more of [the fact] that I hit the bumps and he beat me pretty bad but luckily that was a huge break for us and how the race was going to go. I didn’t know where to run and it was just a very technical track. Just happy to get the job done.”

Finish Start Car No. Driver Sponsor Status
1 1 2 David Gravel Huset’s Speedway Running
2 5 15 Donny Schatz Ford Performance/Carquest Running
3 4 41 Carson Macedo Albaugh Running
4 10 1S Logan Schuchart Drydene Running
5 3 18 Giovanni Scelzi Aspen Aire Running
6 6 17 Sheldon Haudenschild NOS Energy Running
7 12 83 Michael “Buddy” Kofoid Mobil 1 Running
8 7 17B Bill Balog Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup Running
9 8 3Z Brock Zearfoss Moose’s LZ Bar and Grill Running
10 11 24 Rico Abreu Rothwell Hyde Running
11 16 101 Kalib Henry N/A Running
12 2 42 Sye Lynch Fischer Body Shop Running
13 19 49X Tim Shaffer Rudzik Excavating Running
14 9 70 Kraig Kinser Lumber & Things Running
15 15 32B Dale Blaney Barris Supply Running
16 22 33W Cap Henry Premier Planning Services Running
17 18 29 Logan McCandless McCandless Ford Running
18 24 7S Landon Crawley MPV Express/King Racing Products Running
19 21 1 Nate Dussel Fausey Farms Running
20 13 81 Lee Jacobs N/A Running
21 20 W20 Greg Wilson Hercules Tire Running
22 23 11 Carl Bowser Krill Recycling Running
23 17 8 Danny Kuriger N/A Running
24 14 10 Dave Blaney N/A Running

Brooke Johnpier is a staff writer at The Podium Finish covering NHRA and professional dirt racing, as well as a social media promoter. Besides TPF, Brooke is a part-time motorsports journalist with Speedway Illustrated magazine, and Race Pro Weekly, which is an outlet similar to TPF. Aspiring to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time automotive/motorsports journalist, Brooke is a freshman at St. Bonaventure University where she is majoring in Sports Media, and double minoring in Native American and Indigenous Studies and English. There, she is involved with all of the campus media, as well as the literary magazine. She is also an officer in two clubs. In her free time, Brooke loves reading, writing, going to the local racetrack, riding four-wheelers, working on cars, and riding in tractor trailers. Brooke is a music lover and percussionist, as well as a published author and women's rights activist.

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