CARLISLE, Pa. — After three highly successful years, CJB Motorsports and driver David Gravel will dissolve their partnership at the conclusion of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.
Shane Stewart, who will leave Kyle Larson Racing at the end of the year, has been tabbed to take over the No. 5 GoMuddy.com machine next season.
Gravel has registered 33 victories since joining the team in February of 2016, including a 20-win season last year that featured 18 points-paying World of Outlaws triumphs.
“Before we get into anything else, our family, Barry Jackson, his family, our crew and all of our partners want to thank David Gravel and his family for an incredible three-year run,” said team owners Chad and Jenn Clemens. “From the moment David and Barry were paired together, they were a force to be reckoned with. The stats show that clearly. We’ve had some of the best years we’ve ever had with David behind the wheel.
“We’ve won coast-to-coast and won some of the biggest races in the sport. In this business, as with most forms of motorsports, relationships tend to run their course. With that being said, we all agreed that this relationship, though highly successful, had run its course and it was time for a change for all parties.”
Gravel is grateful for the opportunity to race with the team and looks forward to the future.
“It was a good ride,” Gravel said. “We put up some really good number. This year just wasn’t the same. I really want to thank Chad and Barry for giving me this opportunity and propelling me forward in my career. Our perfect night at the (Knoxville) Nationals will always stand out as a good memory for me. Another one is winning the National Open. Getting that one for Chad and Barry was very special since they are from that area.”
Stewart will take over the ride after three seasons driving for Kyle Larson Racing.
“Shane Stewart is a well-known driver throughout the world,” explained Clemens. “From what he’s done with ASCS and in Australia to helping Kyle Larson Racing get off the ground, he’s proven time and time again that he is a first-class talent and team member. I know I speak on behalf of our team and partners when I say we are excited to have Shane join us in pursuit of a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series title, a Knoxville Nationals title and much more.”
Stewart owns more than 30 WoO victories and is a five-time Knoxville 360 Nationals winner.
“I’m really excited to join CJB Motorsports for 2019,” Stewart said. “In this day in age in sprint car racing, especially World of Outlaws Sprint Car racing, it is very difficult to find a good crew chief and this car comes with one of the best in the business in Barry Jackson. I hope to continue the success this car has had over the past few years and add to the record book a bit. Obviously, we want to win a Knoxville Nationals title and a World of Outlaws title. Those are big ones. I’d also like to win a Williams Grove National Open title. This team has proven they are capable of it and, with Barry being from that area, his expertise will help make that happen, hopefully. As a driver, I want to run better in the Central Pennsylvania area.
“I feel like I have gotten a better handle on it as late and gotten more comfortable at them but I think pairing with this team will make me better at all the tracks in that area. Overall, I cannot wait to get started and I want to thank Chad, Jenn and the entire Clemens family, along with their partners, for this opportunity.”