Jeff Gordon behind in Victory Lane as believer during Knoxville Nationals

NASCAR Hall of Fame motorist Jeff Gordon done a lapse to Victory Lane on Thursday night — this time during a Knoxville Nationals, as a believer of Qualifying Night competition leader David Gravel.

Gordon, former organisation arch Ray Evernham and unite Axalta designed to make a large dash during this year’s premier scurry automobile competition in Iowa, with a sponsored/wrapped Axalta automobile for Gravel, who done good Thursday night to close into Saturday night’s prestigious 24-car categorical event.

With four-time Monster Energy Series champion Gordon and Evernham in attendance, Gravel was a night’s biggest winner, holding off Brad Sweet — who has some-more than 50 career starts during a NASCAR inhabitant array level, and is in a midst of maybe his best-ever scurry automobile season.

Dubbed a “Granddaddy Of Them All,” a 59th Knoxville Nationals runs from Aug. 7-10 and hosts some-more than 100 scurry cars. The Knoxville Raceway half-mile clay oval is a site of a four-day showdown, that enclosed a span of subordinate nights hold on Wednesday and Thursday.

There are last-chance qualifiers on Friday and Saturday before to a 50-lap underline eventuality that caps off a festivities. Saturday night’s 24-car A-Main eventuality will have a sum purse of scarcely $1 million, with a leader holding home a $150,000 grand prize.

Chip Ganassi Racing motorist Kyle Larson fell a integrate spots bashful of subordinate for Saturday night’s A-Main during his subordinate eventuality on Wednesday. With a Monster Energy Series racing in Michigan, Larson will no longer try to make a categorical eventuality during Iowa.

Sixteen drivers already are sealed into Saturday’s categorical show, among them: Sweet, a fortifying eventuality leader who drives a automobile for group owners Kasey Kahne; Sheldon Haudenschild, who drives for group owners Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; and World of Outlaws brave Daryn Pittman.

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