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Gravel leads open practice on night one of the DIRTcar Nationals

From Aaron Fielder

Barberville, FL — (February 9, 2016) — David Gravel kicked off sprint week at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Tuesday night by turning the fastest lap in the open practice session.

The Connecticut native turned the fast lap of 13.814 seconds during the first hot laps session. It is Gravel’s first outing driving the No. 5 Big Game Treestands car for CJB Motorsports.

“It’s definitely something that takes time, but so far so good,” Gravel said of his new team. “We made good adjustments tonight and it seemed like we were all on the same page. If we keep that going I think we’ll have a good week.”

Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet was second fastest with a lap of 13.831 which also came during the first practice session.

The optional practice session, which comes the night before the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions take on Volusia Speedway Park for the first of two nights, had 21 cars checked in. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series continues sprint week on Friday with the first of three nights of racing.

Racing returns to Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night when the All Stars and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds compete on the half-mile oval. Tickets are still available for DIRTcar Nationals at http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 1-844-DIRT-TIX. Watch and listen live to DIRTcar Nationals on http://www.DIRTVision.com.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series/Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions DIRTcar Nationals Sprint Car Practice Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 9, 2016

Practice Session #1 – 1. 5-David Gravel, 13.814; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.831; 3. 83-Joey Saldana, 14.021; 4. 71M-Dave Blaney, 14.061; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.068; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett, 14.102; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.103; 8. 1S-Sammy Swindell, 14.164; 9. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 14.283; 10. 59-Austin McCarl, 14.285; 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 14.288; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.306; 13. i07-Doug Esh, 14.322; 14. 1-Dale Blaney, 14.381; 15. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 14.446; 16. 2-Danny Lasoski, 14.461; 17. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 14.542; 18. 71A-RJ Johnson, 14.843; 19. 7-Paul McMahan, 15.025; 20. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 15.042; 21. 8M-TJ Michael, 15.411.

Practice Session #2 – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.393; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.515; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.641; 4. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 14.644; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett, 14.693; 6. 5-David Gravel, 14.799; 7. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 14.926; 8. 59-Austin McCarl, 14.979; 9. 1-Dale Blaney, 14.999; 10. 2-Danny Lasoski, 15.042; 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 15.057; 12. 1S-Sammy Swindell, 15.081; 13. 71M-Dave Blaney, 15.093; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.100; 15. i07-Doug Esh, 15.106; 16. 83-Joey Saldana, 15.211; 17. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 15.222; 18. 7-Paul McMahan, 15.447; 19. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 15.711; 20. 8M-TJ Michael, 15.718; 21. 71A-RJ Johnson, 16.041.

Practice Session #3 – 1. 5-David Gravel, 15.050; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett, 15.067; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen, 15.068; 4. 71M-Dave Blaney, 15.198; 5. 83-Joey Saldana, 15.255; 6. 17W-Bryan Clauson; 7. 1-Dale Blaney, 15.346; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.416; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 15.432; 10. 7-Paul McMahan, 15.506; 11. 2-Danny Lasoski, 15.561; 12. 1S-Sammy Swindell, 15.608; 13. i07-Doug Esh, 15.758; 14. 7C-Caleb Armstrong; 15. 71A-RJ Johnson, 15.988; 16. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 16.069.