With seven to go, Gravel and Schatz exchanged sliders with the latter maintaining the advantage at the line.
With five to go, Gravel pounded the cushion to try and get one more shot at the Series Champion. The Watertown, Connecticut driver brought the sold-out Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals crowd to their feet with a thrilling last-lap pass to score the victory. I hope this crowd enjoyed it," an elated Gravel said in Victory Lane.
The opportunity to have our races broadcasted to a National audience is a great conclusion for our season and to get everyone ready to go for 2018," said DIRTCar CEO, Brian Carter.
The first thing Schatz mentioned in Victory Lane was the outstanding World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Feature that was held beforehand. It got me motivated to get it done as well," Schatz, who is doing double-duty this weekend, said. We've been stuck on 19 wins for a long time, so it was great to finally reach 20.
Schatz got a brilliant restart and paced the field comfortably the final six circuits to score the victory.
CBS Sports Network to Broadcast Eight World of Outlaws Events During Offseason 4 Sprint Car / 4 Late Model Events Sunday's 9pm EST; Starting November 12 CONCORD, NC - November 7, 2017 - Just days after the conclusion of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and subsequently the conclusion of both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series seasons, the World of Outlaws are excited to announce that eight races will appear on CBS Sports Network starting November 12, 2017 through New Year's Eve.
"We are extremely excited to continue our partnership with CBS Sports Network.
Ryan Smith led the opening lap of the 30-lap Feature, before Brian Brown took control on lap two with a slide job.
Brad Sweet brought out the first of a handful of cautions on lap two, as he faced backwards in turn two.
The ensuing restart saw Ian Madsen maneuver his way back into the runner-up position.
The, now nine-time, Series Champion glued his car to the bottom to work by Balog, Kerry Madsen and the lapped car of Parker Price-Miller off of turn two for the lead.
Schatz worked by Smith for second on the ensuing restart before another caution on lap four halted competition.
Schatz was strong on the restart once again, this time sliding Brown for the top spot to lead lap five.
Going forward in the Heat Races is very important with this format," the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Member said.