Gragson Is Cleared For Michigan

Noah Gragson

Event:                         Corrigan Oil 200, Race 15 of 23, 100 Laps – 20/20/60; 200 Miles
Location:                    Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (Two-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:        Aug. 11, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to ‘Noah’bout
  • Despite missing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., Noah Gragson was able to maintain his hold on second place in the championship standings. With two races remaining before the start of the playoffs, the 20-year-old driver is 65 tallies behind points leader Johnny Sauter and 18 points ahead of Grant Enfinger, who currently sits third.
  • After visiting the infield care center at Pocono Saturday morning to address a stomach virus, Gragson did not receive clearance from NASCAR to participate in the event. Erik Jones, who won the 2015 Truck Series championship while driving for KBM, was tabbed to fill in for Gragson. Jones came from the 31st position to register a runner-up finish behind KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch. With Jones’ second-place result, the No. 18 Safelite Racing team remained second in the Owner’s championship standings, 23 points behind the No. 21 team.
  • Gragson currently has a streak of eight consecutive top-10 finishes and overall in 13 starts this season has posted one win, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.5. The Las Vegas native leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with four pole awards, seven stage wins, 450 laps led and an average starting position of 5.1 in 2018.
  • The 20-year-old driver has earned 12 playoff points this season, including the seven he earned by sweeping all three stages en route to victory from the pole at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in May. His most recent stage victory came in Stage Two at Kentucky Speedway on July 12.
  • Gragson started fifth and finished seventh in last year’s NCWTS race at Michigan. Crew chief Rudy Fugle’s drivers have finished fourth or better in all four of his races atop the pit box at the two-mile oval, including Christopher Bell’s runner-up finish last year.
  • Safelite AutoGlass, the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, will adorn the hood of Gragson’s No. 18 Tundra for all 23 events on the NCWTS schedule in 2018.
Noah Gragson, Driver Q&A
 
Noah Gragson Michigan Q&A
Noah Gragson Michigan Q&A

 

 
Do the races at Michigan in the Truck Series feel like a superspeedway race?
Michigan is a fun track — it’s fun to practice on and race on. A lot of it is kind of like superspeedway racing — you have to draft with the guy and if you get out of the draft you kind of fall back three, four, five car lengths a straightaway. So, just trying to use that superspeedway knowledge from my past experiences and last year at Michigan — we finished seventh and ran in the top five a little bit. Just have to prepare a little bit better this year and with that extra experience I think it will be pretty good.”
 
What do you hope to accomplish over the final two races of the regular season?
“These last two races are going to be pretty crucial — kind of two last dress rehearsals since we are already in the playoffs. Just trying to really hit on everything that we can as a team and clean up everything before we get into the playoffs. Once we get into the playoffs it is really game on and time to go fight for a championship. So, these last two weeks — Michigan and Bristol — they are going to be really crucial. We are trying to get more wins, but ultimately clean everything up as a team and try and be the best that we can be.”
 
Noah Gragson Career Highlights 
  • In 38 career NCWTS starts has collected two wins, seven poles, 637 laps led, nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes.
  • Recorded two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in average finish of 4.3 across three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing this season
  • Finished 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship standings in 2017 after collecting one win, three poles, 187 laps led, four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign. He earned his first NCWTS victory last October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway outdueling series veterans Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton in the closing laps
  • The NASCAR Next alum also competed in three events for KBM’s Super Late Model team in 2017, highlighted by his triumph in the prestigious ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in October
  • The Las Vegas native has collected four NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victories across 27 career starts and two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories across 16 career starts 
Noah Gragson’s No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra:
 
KBM-53: The No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team will unload KBM-53 for Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. The Tundra finished second in its debut with Gragson behind the wheel at Iowa Speedway in June.
KBM-53 Performance Profile:
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
1
0
3.0
2.0
7
KBM Notes of Interest
  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 300 laps led, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.2 across 17 starts at Michigan
  • Kyle Busch led a race-high 44 laps to collect his team’s first-ever victory at the two-mile oval in 2015.
  • The No. 18 team, which last year was the No. 4 team with Christopher Bell, has won five consecutive NCWTS Owner’s titles for KBM and has produced two championship-winning drivers (Erik Jones, 2015 and Christopher Bell, 2017)
  • The No. 18, the number which was on the first Tundra that went to victory lane for KBM in 2010, has 21 career victories
  • KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (68) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017)
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Toyota Tundra 2018 NCWTS Box Score:
 
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
2/16
Daytona
Gragson
5
23
79/100
1
Accident
16/24th
2/24
Atlanta
Gragson
3
2
134/134
43
Running
67/4th
3/2
Las Vegas
Gragson
5
12
134/134
12
Running
107/4th
3/24
Martinsville
Gragson
11
5
250/250
0
Running
146/5th
5/4
Dover
Gragson
1
20
198/210
60
Accident
180/3rd
5/11
Kansas
Gragson
1
1
167/167
128
Running
240/2nd
5/18
Charlotte
Gragson
2
8
134/134
13
Running
270/2nd
6/8
Texas
Gragson
3
10
167/167
19
Running
301/2nd
6/16
Iowa
Gragson
3
2
200/200
7
Running
348/2nd
6/23
Gateway
Gragson
3
10
160/160
63
Running
391/2nd
6/29
Chicago
Gragson
1
4
150/150
42
Running
443/2nd
7/12
Kentucky
Gragson
1
8
150/150
62
Running
491/2nd
7/18
Eldora
Gragson
27
6
153/153
0
Running
522/2nd
7/28
Pocono
Erik Jones
31
2
60/60
1
Running
522/2nd
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK

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