Gravel Lands on Deer Creek Podium
PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting back in the Midwest following a week on the West Coast, David Gravel continued to show serious speed that resulted in a second place finish on Saturday night at the Deer Creek Speedway.
“It was a really strong weekend for our Roth Motorsports team,” Gravel said. “We made the dash both nights, and I really wish we could have worked our way to a top five at Clay County, but we are happy with a New Track Record and a second at Deer Creek.”
With 33 cars on hand for the Saturday night show at the Deer Creek Speedway, David Gravel was lightening fast in time trials, as he set the standard and also set a track record in doing so aboard his Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/3H Cattle entry.
Lining up fourth in his heat race, Gravel would earn a third place finish before finishing second in the dash, putting himself on the front row for the feature event.
Leading to field to green alongside Paul McMahan, Gravel would slip into the second spot as McMahan slid up in front of him, but the duo would drag race down the back stretch as Gravel pulled his wheels up off the ground slightly, giving McMahan the early lead.
Continuing to chase after McMahan, Gravel played cat and mouse with the veteran driver on a pair of restarts, but was unable to do anything with him, and wound up crossing the stripe with a second place finish.
“We had a great starting spot being on the outside, but Paul (McMahan) got a great jump and got up to the cushion in one and two, and took the top spot,” he said. “I tried to play a little cat and mouse with him on a couple of restarts, but he just got the better of us. Huge thanks to my team for continuing to give me a great car.”
Friday night, the ‘greatest show on dirt’ invaded the Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, IA, and Gravel started his night off by timing in 15th fastest, giving him a front row starting spot in his heat race, which he was able to win.
Finishing seventh in his heat race, Gravel would line up for the feature event in the fourth row, and would spend much of the race battling with the likes of Tim Kaeding, and Paul McMahan inside the Top-10.
On a track that was extremely fast, Gravel would hang on to finish in the eighth spot, to give his team a pair of Top-10 finishes.
“We put ourselves in a good spot on Friday night, and really saved ourselves after timing in 15th fastest,” he explained. “The way the track was, it was huge to get into the dash to give ourselves a chance.”
The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, 3H Cattle, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2014.
2014 ROTH MOTORSPORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-79, Wins-3, Top 5’s-22, Top 10’s-50.
ON TAP: Gravel and his Roth Motorsports team will now be in action on Tuesday in Kokomo, IN, Wednesday in Terre Haute, IN, Friday in Rossburg, OH, at the Eldora Speedway and on Saturday in Sarver, PA at the Lernerville Raceway.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their new website, www.rothmotorsports83.com, and by following David on Twitter @davidgravel89g.
PETERSEN MEDIA: Petersen Media is a promotional agency that can handle your public relations, marketing, and any other promotional needs. Petersen Media utilizes multiple tactics to help you reach your intended audience, to boost awareness.
Hirst Scores Fourth KWS Win During Strong Weekend
PETERSEN MEDIA- Following a very strong showing with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars a week ago, Kyle Hirst stayed hot, as he followed the King of the West Series down south, where he would become the first ever winged sprint car winner at the Ventura Raceway, one night after running second at the Santa Maria Speedway.
“This Roth Motorsports team has been really strong the last two weeks, and it’s a testament to how hard my guys have been working,” Hirst said. “We were really good with the World of Outlaws, and even better this weekend.”
Saturday night saw the King of the West Series make history at the Ventura Raceway in Ventura, CA as they became the first winged cars to race on the tight confines.
With 19 cars making the trip, Hirst kicked the night off by timing his Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/3H Cattle No. 83jr machine in second fastest.
Turning in a very strong performance in his heat race, the Chico, CA driver was able to forge his way from his fourth starting spot, to earn the win, and earn a berth in the night’s dash.
Lining up on the pole of the dash by way of the draw, Hirst would wire the field, as he picked up the win, and put the Mobil1/FK Rod Ends/Weld Wheels entry on the pole for the 30-lap feature event.
When the race went green, Hirst was able to hold all challengers at bay as he set the pace on the tight confines of the Ventura Raceway, as the leaders quickly found themselves in traffic.
With the race’s lone stoppage coming on the 16th lap, Hirst was flawless on the restart, and went on to lead the final 14 laps, as he eventually took the checkered flag in impressive fashion.
“It is pretty cool to win the first ever winged sprint car race at Ventura,” Hirst said. “It was also cool to see how packed the stands were. I was really surprised how well the track raced, and hopefully we can get back down here next year.”
Friday night saw Hirst and the King of the West Sprint Cars check in at the Santa Maria Speedway in Nipomo, CA.
With 23 cars on hand, Hirst timed in fifth fastest, before finishing in the third spot during his heat race, and the dash.
Lining up in the second row of the feature event on the rough and tumble Santa Maria Speedway, Hirst sat in the third spot when the green flag dropped, as he chased after the Kaeding duo of Bud and Brent.
Moving into the second spot on the 10th lap, Hirst stalked race leader, Brent Kaeding for 10-laps until he was able to make his move on the 20th lap, and take command of the race.
While out front, Hirst soon felt pressure from Jason Statler, and on the 23rd lap, he would lose the lead, as Statler was able to make a strong move on him.
Keeping Statler within shouting distance, Hirst would try to make a late move, but was unable to, as he finished in the second spot.
“Overall it was a great weekend for our team,” Hirst said. “We ran very well, and seem to really be clicking now with some big races still to come. I can’t thank the entire Roth family for their support, and my team for continuing to work hard, and put me in a great spot.”
By way of his strong weekend, Hirst extended his series point lead over Bud Kaeding to 105 markers with just two events left on the schedule.
Kyle and his Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, 3H Cattle, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2013.
2014 ROTH MOTORSPORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-32, Wins-5, Top 5’s-19, Top 10’s-25
ON TAP: Hirst and his Roth Motorsports team will be in action on Saturday, October 4th for the Harry Talbot Classic at the Tunderbowl in Tulare, CA.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected to Kyle by following him on Twitter, @kylehirstracing, or by visiting www.rothmotorsports83.com.
PETERSEN MEDIA: Petersen Media is a promotional agency that can handle your public relations, marketing, and any other medial needs. Petersen Media utilizes multiple tactics to help you reach your intended audience, to boost awareness.
PHOTO- Serena Dalhamer