Las Vegas native Noah Gragson, naturally enough, is a fan of the Las Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League.
That’s why the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet arrived at Thursday’s Xfinity Series Championship 4 Media Day, sporting a bushy beard.
“(Former NASCAR driver) Brendan Gaughan texted me after we won Martinsville (last Saturday), and he was like, ‘That ugly beard’s got to go,’” Gragson said. “I wish I could grow a good one, but, yeah, it’s like hockey guys… I’m a big Golden Knights fan, and they grow their Playoff beards.
“I got my hair cut before we went to Vegas for the start of the Playoffs, and it’s kind of a Playoff beard and Playoff haircut—(I won’t) shave it until the Playoffs are over. Just another week.”
After his triumph at Martinsville in a must-win scenario in the Round of 8 elimination race, Gragson is approaching Saturday’s championship race with an air of confidence.
Then again, to borrow another concept from his hometown, he’s playing on house money.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!