NEW RICHMOND, WI – David Gravel of Watertown posted his 20th top-five finish of the season during World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition last week at Cedar Lake Speedway to cap the Independence Day Spectacular.

Gravel driving for Big Game Motorsports, rebounded from a late flat tire to score a 12th-place result during a frustrating finish to an otherwise solid night.

Gravel set quick time during qualifying and won a heat race before a third-place finish in the dash lined him up on the inside of the second row for the A Main. He battled for a top five throughout the race before the late-race flat tire.

“We were going to have a solid night for sure, but it just got ripped away from us,” Gravel said. “It was an odd deal to get a flat tire. We had plenty of tire tread left. That’s two in the last couple of weeks that’s out of our control, but that’s part of racing.

Night two of racing was a work in progress for Gravel.

“We went out later in qualifying and we lacked a little bit of speed,” he said. “It doesn’t take much to be out of the ball game in qualifying. We put our heads down in the heat race. We passed a car and had a little bit of luck with someone falling out so that put us starting further up in the feature.”

Gravel battled for a top five throughout most the race before ending fifth.

“We were struggling on our balance and didn’t feel good early, but rallied.”

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