Noah Gragson is ready to get behind the wheel and struck gold on the race track after enjoying a week-long break off the race track.
Gragson is back in the No.18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.
Recap based on last race at Las Vegas
He ran off to a strong start having started from P5 to winning the first segment.
When Kyle Busch pitted during the first caution, Gragson was closer to the front row position, and he nailed it nicely to pass Stewart Friesen to take over the lead for the rest of this stage.
Gragson pitted and went back to third before a big battle in the middle of the lane cost him from P3 to P7.
He too finished 6th in Stage 2 before reported to crew chief Randy Fugle suspecting that he experienced a right rear side issue.
That worried him a lot when he lost a couple of places to finish out in P12 at the end of the race.
Reflecting on Noah Gragson’s time in Martinsville
Gragson had a fantastic time at the paperclip track where he finished 4th 12 months ago and even won his first ever Truck Series victory in October last year.
Remember, he only led just ten laps in the October race, and all he needs to do by keeping yourself ahead out in front until the finish and the trophy are all yours.
That win he achieved boasted a percentage of 50%.
He has both Top 5/10 finishes which is a very accurate total of 100%.
Gragson’s average start is 7 and finish are 2.5 based on his record at Martinsville Speedway.
His season so far
He’s currently 4th in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers’ Standings with 107 points.
Gragson is 41 points behind Championship leader Johnny Sauter & added two playoff points after three races so far into 2018.
The season opener at Daytona didn’t go smoothly for Gragson when he crashed out earlier in the race.
But the second round at Atlanta surely has to be the moment for him when he finished 2nd.
Gragson said that he needs to work on his restarts better where that’s when he lost a few positions very severely from the front row to the middle of the pack.
He’s hopeful of learning from his mistakes in Las Vegas and moving on to bounce back from securing another victory this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
2018 season summary after Las Vegas
- Three starts
- 347 of 368 laps completed, 94.3%
- 56 laps led
- One Top 5s and 10s Finish, 33.3%
- Average Start: 4.3 and Finish: 12.3
- DNF: One, Crash (Daytona)
When you cheer on Noah Gragson
You can see him return in the cockpit of the No.18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra this Saturday at Martinsville (V.A.) Speedway.
Live coverage of the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions begins at 2 PM ET on FS1.
Statistics: Racing Reference .
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