After qualifying second quickest, Gravel finished fifth in his heat race to advance to the dash. He then placed fifth in dash on the high-banked track to start the 40-lap feature on the inside of the third row.
“It was a really good race and he was using his head,” Rose said. “We’re all really working good together.”
Gravel picked up several positions during the event and rocketed into the lead on a late-race restart, which was called back because another driver was deemed to restart too early. Tim Kaeding, who went on to win the race, got the jump on the second attempt and held off Gravel by 0.518 of a second.
“He almost won the race,” Rose said. “If it wouldn’t have been for the one restart being called back when Jason Sides was called for jumping the start, I don’t think Kaeding would have gotten around him. He definitely had a good shot at winning it.”
Gravel will compete for Bill Rose Racing with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series this Friday at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla.