Noah Gragson Previews The Active Pest Control 200

Noah Gragson

 
Event:                           Active Pest Control 200, Race 2 of 23, 130 Laps – 40/40/50; 200.2 Miles
Location:                      Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast:           Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and Sirius/XM NASCAR 90
What You Need to ‘Noah’bout
 
  • Noah Gragson and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for stop two on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. In last year’s race at Atlanta, the rookie driver overcame an early spin to post a 14th-place finish in his first mile-and-a-half start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
  • Gragson’s crew chief, Rudy Fugle, called the shots for Christopher Bell’s historic win in the Truck Series event at Atlanta last year. Bell became to the first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race after leading 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole. Gragson will be driving the same Tundra, KBM-38, that Bell piloted in last year’s victory at the 1.54-mile track. Overall in six career starts “38 Special” has collected four wins, three poles and an average finish of 1.7.
  • The 2018 Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway was unkind to Gragson and the No. 18 team. After getting caught up in two separate incidents, the Safelite Tundra headed to the garage after completing just 79 of the 100 laps and was relegated to a 23rd-place finish.
  • Gragson 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. Gragson 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. 
  • 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 Atlanta Q&A
Noah Gragson Atlanta Q&A


 
How is your confidence on mile-and-a-half tracks?
“I have a lot of confidence going into Atlanta this year driving the Safelite AutoGlass/Switch Tundra. Last year, in 2017, I felt like I ended pretty strong on the mile-and-a-half tracks — got a couple stage wins and led a few laps at Las Vegas and Texas. I really feel comfortable heading to Atlanta and working with Rudy Fugle. Rudy and Christopher Bell last year swept all three stages and won the race. So, I’m excited to get to Atlanta and get back to mile-and-a-half racing.”
How does Atlanta compare to the other mile-and-a-half tracks on the Truck Series schedule?
“Atlanta is a different beast for mile-and-a-half racing – it’s a little bit like a short track because it is so worn out, it’s very line sensitive and you can move around a lot too. I’m really excited to be going there this year since they didn’t repave it. The tires wear out pretty bad and you’re always slipping and sliding, chasing on the steering wheel and modulating on the throttle. It’s a lot of fun from the driver’s seat. I know with the team behind me at Kyle Busch Motorsports and Safelite AutoGlass as a sponsor, we are going to be pretty good.”
 
Noah Gragson Career Highlights 
  • In 26 career NCWTS starts has collected one win, three poles, 188 laps led, four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
  • After finishing 23rd at Daytona, ranks 24th in the 2018 NCWTS driver point standings.
  • Gragson opened his 2018 season with a seventh-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona. After starting in the 21st position, he raced inside the top five for most of the event before coming home in the seventh spot.
  • 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 15 career starts.
Noah Gragson’s No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra:
 
KBM-038: The No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team will unload KBM-038, for Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Tundra nicknamed “38 Special” has won four times in six career starts, including last year at Atlanta when Christopher Bell became to the first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race after leading 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole.
KBM-38 Performance Profile:
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
6
4
6.7
1.7
276
KBM Notes of Interest
  •  KBM drivers have collected one win, five top-five and six top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 14.1 across 14 starts at Atlanta. With Christopher Bell’s victory in 2017, KBM completed the task of having at least one win at all 21 active tracks on the NCWTS schedule.
  • 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, which was the number that was on the first Tundra that went to victory lane for KBM in 2010, has 20 career victories.
  • KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (65) 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
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.