Noah Gragson had a day to forget when he tried to pass Johnny Sauter for the win in the Truck Series.
However, he instead ended up into the wall with two laps left which left Gragson shattered.
Moving onto today in the XFINITY Series, Gragson hopes he learned & moved on yesterday’s nightmare and end his weekend on a positive note.
He started out in the front row alongside pole-sitter & team-mate Brandon Jones.
Gragson slipped down a few places to P4 in the opening two laps.
But, since Matt Tifft spun out, Gragson returned to his original starting position before coming home in P8 at the end of Stage 1.
Not only he lost a couple of places that saw Gragson run closer or inside the back half of the Top 10.
But during the pit stop after a caution on Lap 78, Gragson’s pit crew members failed to keep the tires outside his pit box which saw another blow for Gragson.
After he finished 17th at the end of Stage 2, Gragson opted to take the wave around where he returned inside the Top 3.
But yet again, Gragson had a problem with the jack on pit road which cost him several spots before the restart on Lap 134.
Nevertheless, the 19-year old from Las Vegas, Nevada still showed glimpses of talent when it comes to challenging for positions as to why NASCAR should look to the future towards youth.
Gragson had demonstrated correctly as to why he would never give and recover what he had left after he came home 7th.
OneMain Financial 200, Today’s Summary
- Start: 2nd
- Middle: 5th
- Finish: 7th
- Highest Position:2nd
- Lowest Position: 25th
- Average Position: 8th
- Pass Difference: 12
- Green Flag Passes: 40
- Green Flag Times Passed: 28
- Quality Passes 24, 60%
- Four Fastest Laps
- Top 15 laps: 185, 92.5%
- Laps: 200
- Driver Rating: 102.5
Noah Gragson’s 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Summary
- Three Starts
- 565 of 565 laps completed, 100%
- Ten Laps led
- Two Top 5s, 66.7%
- Three Top 10 finishes, 100%
- Average Start: 11 & Finish: 4.3
- Results: 2nd (Richmond), 4th (Talladega) and 7th (Dover).
Gragson now ended his three-race part-time stint with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
That means we won’t see him racing in this series for a while unless JGR will sort a new deal with him later this year.
Gragson’s talent and age come first where he aggressively challenges the front runners and always never gives up.
He’s had some bad times where he didn’t win a race on his debut & going into the wall during a Truck Series race yesterday.
These are the lessons he learned as he gone through the difficult times and stayed humble by accepting those situations he did wrong.
Overall, Gragson kept his chin up & only thinking about the new day which is today.
Hence, despite all these problems in pit road, the talents didn’t rob him of a definite P7 finish at Dover.
Let’s hope everyone is still behind him because Gragson is here to do his best in winning races and a Championship.
Then he’s able to unlock his full potential in all 33 XFINITY Series in the long-haul.
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What you can do to support Noah Gragson
Make sure you see Gragson in the No.18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports next Friday night at Kansas Speedway.
If you’re at the track to support him, that’s awesome.
However, there’s a TV/Streaming Device to watch when the 37 Kind Days 250 begins at 5 PM ET LIVE on FS1.
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