HOMESTEAD, Fla – Noah Gragson will be making his last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start for Kyle Busch Motorsports this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last month, JR Motorsports announced that Gragson will be running full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. But before that, Gragson has one last job which is to win the championship.
After a solid season in his sophomore year in the Truck Series, Gragson has proven he deserved the opportunity as his skill and learning experience placed him in position to run for a championship.
“I definitely feel that everything I learned in the past, well really the past six years that I’ve been racing I feel like all that combined has really helped me out to be in this position,” Gragson said. “And the people, it’s all about people and the people you work with and fortunately we’re surrounded by great people at Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Racing Development who have helped me get to this point these last two years so just really fortunate to be in this spot.”
Starting at KBM with Marcus Richmond calling the shots, the veteran brought his experience and knowledge to the No. 18 team which has helped Gragson develop as a driver. Last season, as Gragson ran his first full-time year in the Truck Series, he was able to pull off his first victory at Martinsville Speedway.
The 2017 season also turned out to be a season of experience, where Gragson learned from every angle as the youngster matured. With all of that said, we can say that put him in position to be where he is now with Rudy Fugle now calling the shots.
As he runs for his first Truck Series title tonight in the Ford Ecoboost 200, Gragson is focused on executing and ultimately putting his truck in the best position against his three competitors that are also running for the championship.
“I’m just focused on executing and doing whatever I need to do,” Gragson said. “I can’t think about the trophy, just have to think of how to get to the trophy and to finish first you have to first finish. I’m just focused on execution and doing my job and the rest will pay off.”
This season, Gragson has a win, seven top-five finishes and an average finish of 8.7. Homestead has not been the friendliest track for Gragson where he has had two prior starts, and his best finish has been 15th.
His final full-time start in the Truck Series may be what puts the cherry on top of the ice cream. The past two seasons, Gragson has been fortunate to gain plenty of experience and work with an excellent group of guys so conquering the title will not only be huge for him but also everyone back at the shop that has put so much work into the team.
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