Saturday, April 20, 2013

World of Outlaws Driver Profile: David Gravel


Photo Credit: David Gravel Racing

Driver Profile: David Gravel

Hometown: Watertown, Connecticut

Birthday: June 23, 1992

Car: No. 89G

Age: 20

Team: DDR Motorsports

Career Outlaw Wins: 1

David began his racing career at the age of six with the Silver City Quarter Midget Club in Meriden, Connecticut. Through his years of racing, he has had many accomplishments. One of his fondest memories is winning his first Grand National Championship in the Lite B Class at Little T Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut (1994).

In 2008, David climbed into a full-size sprint car for the first time and competed with the United Racing Company (URC). He won twice with the series, becoming the youngest winner in the 60-plus year history of the series. He was honored at the end of the season by the North American Sprint Car Poll (part of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame), as the 360-Sprint Car “Rookie of the Year.”

After one season with URC, the East Coast racer moved up to a 410-sprint car with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions. In 2009, he finished fifth in his first season with the All Stars and was third in 2010. David earned his first All Stars win at Limaland Motorsports Park in 2010 during Ohio Sprint Speedweek. He would also claim the overall Speedweek title, putting his name in the record books with a “Who’s Who” list of drivers who have claimed that honor over the last 30 years.

In 2011, David finished third again in points with the All Stars while scoring his first World of Outlaws win late in the season at Talladega Short Track in Alabama. In 2012, he would finish third in points for the third consecutive season with the All Stars - winning at Red River Co-op Speedway in Canada. He would also earn seven fast time awards with the series. David was quickest in qualifying with the World of Outlaws five times in 2012, while earning eight top five finishes and qualifying for both the Knoxville Nationals and National Open at Williams Grove Speedway for the first time in his career.

In 2013, Gravel was nicknamed “The Super Sub” after a six week stint filling in for an injured Bill Rose. The stint ended following the west coast swing at which time Gravel was seventh in the points, had two top 5s and 6 top 10s. Gravel will be climbing back on board his own No. 89G/Beyond Boobs car and competing in multiple series throughout the season.

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