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Noah Gragson (born July 15, 1998) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. He is a member of Drivers Edge Development. He is a two-time winner in the NASCAR Truck series and 2018 Snowball Derby race winner.

Noah Gragson
Noah Gragson Win.jpg
Gragson after winning at Las Vegas "The Bullring"
Born (1998-07-15) July 15, 1998 (age 21)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Achievements2018 Snowball Derby Winner
2017 Winchester 400 Winner
Most poles in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season (6 in 2018)
Awards2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
21 races run over 2 years
Car no., teamNo. 9 (JR Motorsports)
2018 position89th
Best finish89th (2018)
First race2018 ToyotaCare 250 (Richmond)
Last race2019 ROXOR 200 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 13 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
47 races run over 3 years
2018 position2nd
Best finish2nd (2018)
First race2016 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win2017 Texas Roadhouse 200 (Martinsville)
Last win2018 37 Kind Days 250 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 30 9
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2018 position35th
Best finish35th (2018)
First race2018 Clarington 200 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of July 20, 2019.

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Racing careerEdit

Gragson started racing Bandoleros at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring at the age of 13,[1] eventually moving to compete in late models.[2] Gragson also competed in the INEX Legends car racing series, winning the 2014 Young Lion Road Course championship.[3] A dedicated racing driver, Gragson once considered forging a birth certificate to compete in an ARCA Racing Series race, which requires drivers to be 18 years old.[4]

 
Gragson (left) celebrates his win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring in 2016.

In 2015, Gragson joined Jefferson Pitts Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in the No. 7 with sponsorship from AlertID,[5] his ride being overseen by co-owner Jerry Pitts.[2] In his series debut at Kern County Raceway Park, he finished third after qualifying eighth.[5] At Tucson Speedway, Gragson battled with teammate Gracin Raz to score his first career victory.[6] Later in the season at Meridian Speedway, Gragson recorded his first pole position and led 176 laps to win.[7] In his first season of stock car racing, Gragson finished second in the final points standings behind Chris Eggleston with two wins, seven top fives, 11 top tens, becoming the ninth driver in series history to finish runner-up in points and win Rookie of the Year.[8] After the season ended, he was named Rookie of the Year.[9]

 
Gragson climbs the fence after his win at the Bullring in 2016.

During the 2015 season, Gragson ran two races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, finishing eighth in his debut at Watkins Glen International.[10] In September, he joined Mason Mitchell Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series, driving the No. 78 Ford Fusion at Kentucky Speedway.[11] After qualifying eighth, he finished 14th, one lap behind race winner Ryan Reed.[12]

Gragson competed in both K&N Pro Series in 2016, winning a combined four races.[1] On October 7, he was hired by Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017.[13] In preparation, he drove the No. 18 Toyota from KBM at the Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway events in an entry fielded by Wauters Motorsports.[14] In his debut at Phoenix, Gragson qualified 14th and finished 16th.[15] Gragson raced at Homestead as well, qualifying 10th and finishing 15th.[16] In 2017, he recorded his first career Truck win in the fall at Martinsville Speedway and finished tenth in points.[17][18]

 
2017 ARCA car at Road America

He returned to the No. 18 KBM truck for the 2018 season, while also making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond Raceway as part of a three-race schedule that included further starts at Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway.[19] His racing slate also included starts on the NASCAR Pinty's Series and CARS Tour circuits in an effort to make himself a better driver via more seat time. Gragson also started working with a sports psychologist in 2018.[20] During qualifying at Pocono Raceway, Gragson went ill and was not cleared to race. Erik Jones replaced him for the race, but he was granted a playoff waiver and will still contend for the championship. Gragson finished 2nd in the points standings, after finishing 3rd at Homestead.

On September 25, 2018, JR Motorsports announced that Gragson will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet full-time for the 2019 Xfinity Series, replacing Elliott Sadler who is retiring at the end of the season. However, on January 25, the team announced that Gragson would instead pilot the No. 9 and teammate Michael Annett would drive the No. 1. [21]

In his final ride with KBM, Gragson won the 2018 Snowball Derby after holding off Ty Majeski.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Gragson attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada for two years.[23] Gragson enjoys downhill mountain biking,[4] and is an avid video game player, saying in an interview that he would maybe spend Dash 4 Cash winnings on the popular video game Fortnite.[24]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2018 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH
2
TAL
4
DOV
7
CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 89th 01 [25]
2019 JR Motorsports 9 Chevy DAY
11
ATL
9
LVS
3
PHO
11
CAL
12
TEX
13
BRI
9
RCH
22
TAL
11
DOV
19
CLT
4
POC
6
MCH
2
IOW
6
CHI
6
DAY
15
KEN
6
NHA
10
IOW
GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -* [26]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2016 Wauters Motorsports 18 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
16
HOM
15
40th 35 [27]
2017 Kyle Busch Motorsports DAY
26
ATL
15
MAR
4
KAN
28
CLT
9
DOV
9
TEX
7
GTW
9
IOW
6
KEN
5
ELD
7
POC
24
MCH
7
BRI
15
MSP
2
CHI
8
NHA
15
LVS
13
TAL
14
MAR
1
TEX
10
PHO
15
HOM
18
10th 724 [28]
2018 DAY
23
ATL
2
LVS
12
MAR
5
DOV
20
KAN
1*
CLT
8
TEX
10
IOW
2
GTW
10*
CHI
4
KEN
8*
ELD
6
POC
INQ
MCH
4*
BRI
9
MSP
9*
LVS
18
TAL
13
MAR
7
TEX
10
PHO
2
HOM
3
2nd 4034 [29]
– Qualified but replaced by Erik Jones due to illness

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2015 Jefferson Pitts Racing 7 Ford NSM GRE BRI IOW BGS LGY COL NHA IOW GLN
8
MOT VIR 35th 70 [30]
55 RCH
10
DOV
2016 NSM
6
MOB
12
GRE
7
BRI
12
VIR
17
DOM
3
NHA
11
IOW DOV
24
5th 454 [31]
7 STA
1
COL
5
GLN
15
GRE
13
NJM
1
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota NSM BRI
3
LGY SBO SBO MEM NJM TMP NHA IOW 31st 67 [32]
98 GLN
20
GTW NHA DOV

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2015 Jefferson Pitts Racing 7 Ford KCR
3
IRW
7
TUS
1
IOW
3
SHA
16
SON
7
SLS
2
IOW
2
EVG
5
CNS
8
MER
1*
AAS
8
PHO
14
2nd 504 [33]
2016 IRW
4
KCR
8
TUS
9
OSS
3
CNS
10
SON
2*
SLS
2
IOW
6
EVG
16
DCS
4
MMP
1
MMP
1
MER
6
AAS
4
3rd 552 [34]
2019 Jefferson Pitts Racing 7 Chevy LVS IRW TUS TUS CNS SON
1
DCS IOW EVG GTW MER AAS KCR PHO -* 01* [35]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Pinty's SeriesEdit

NASCAR Pinty's Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NPSC Pts Ref
2018 DJK Racing 28 Dodge MSP
3
HAM ACD TOR SAS SAS EIR CTR RIS MSP ASE NHA JUK 35th 41 [36]

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2015 Mason Mitchell Motorsports 78 Ford DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KAN KEN
14
105th 160 [37]
2016 Chevy DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC
30
MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN 77th 285 [38]
Venturini Motorsports 15 Toyota KAN
5
2017 55 DAY
26
NSH SLM TAL
30
TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP 34th 685 [39]
15 POC
9
WIN ISF ROA
25
DSF SLM CHI
4
KEN KAN
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota DAY
7
NSH SLM TAL TOL CLT POC
10
MCH MAD GTW CHI IOW ELK POC ISF BLN DSF SLM IRP KAN 56th 385 [40]

ReferencesEdit

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kyle Busch
Snowball Derby Winner
2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent