Gravel Back With JJR, Eyeing Move To Trucks

David Gravel celebrates victory at Williams Grove Speedway. (Dan Demarco photo)
David Gravel celebrates victory at Williams Grove Speedway. (Dan Demarco photo)

ROCKY MOUNT, Mo. — Jason Johnson Racing owner Bobbi Johnson confirmed the news Monday morning that many fans wanted to hear.

David Gravel will return to the seat of the No. 41 sprint car next season.

However, with Gravel’s eyes on running a limited schedule in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, it is unclear at the moment exactly how many races Gravel will race for JJR in the coming year.

Johnson confirmed the news of Gravel’s new deal with the team in a lengthy statement released on social media, thanking the JJR team for their support before revealing the news.

Johnson added that the team will run the full World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule once again, putting them squarely in the hunt for the owner’s championship in 2020 after a third-place finish this season.

“When we sat in the Saich family’s house in late October last year and decided to hire (David) as our driver, I don’t think any of us thought that this was the type of success we’d accomplish in our first year together,” Johnson said. “David and his family have been nothing but great and we couldn’t be prouder to have them as part of the JJR family forever.

“As we focus our attention to 2020, we are pleased to welcome David back to the seat of the JJR No. 41,” Johnson continued. “The JJR team will continue racing full time with the World of Outlaws. We are currently collaborating and coordinating schedules with David as he works out details related to fulfilling his dream of racing a partial schedule in the NASCAR Truck Series.

“We will provide more details as they become clear.”

In his first year with JJR, Gravel’s fourth-straight finish of third in the World of Outlaws standings came on the strength of 12 wins, 44 top-five and 61 top-10 finishes in 72 starts.

Those wins included marquee triumphs in the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway in August, as well as the Jason Johnson Classic at Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway in October.

Gravel closed his year with a sweep of both days of the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, collecting his 50th World of Outlaws victory during the Friday night feature.

SPEED SPORT will have more on this developing story soon.