Noah Gragson Gets Redemption in Kansas Truck Race

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KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS – It was pure redemption. Noah Gragson won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Kansas Speedway. He started from the pole and led 128 of the 167 laps. Driving Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 18 Toyota, Gregson took the lead when Myatt Snider ran out of fuel with five laps remaining.

Gragson won for the first time this season and the second in the series. He swept the first two stages, winning a week after wrecking late after starting from the pole in Dover. Lst week was a disappointment for Gragson.,

"This is such a relief for a driver who had a hard week last week battling for the win," Gragson said. "We came back strong this weekend. Two consecutive poles. We led the most laps today."

His car owner Kyle Busch overcame late contact with Stewart Friesen and a run through the infield grass to finish second, 1.558 seconds back.

"The truck felt good after about 15 laps, but it took too long to come in," Busch said. "And there on that last run, we didn't make enough adjustments. We took two tires and we got way too tight.

Friesen was third, followed by John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger, Brandon Jones and Justin Haley. Nemechek started the race in the rear for an unapproved adjustment but moved into the 10 after the first 10 laps.

Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 1 18 Noah Gragson Safelite Toyota 167 1 1 60 Running 5 128 7
2 6 4 Kyle Busch(i) Cessna Toyota 167 2 3 0 Running 1 1
3 8 52 Stewart Friesen We Build America Chevrolet 167 10 5 41 Running 2 6
4 14 8 John Hunter Nemechek(i) Fleetwing/D.A.B. Construction Chevrolet 167 6 6 0 Running
5 5 21 Johnny Sauter ISM Connect Chevrolet 167 9 8 37 Running 1 14
6 3 88 Matt Crafton Flex Seal/Menards Ford 167 8 9 36 Running 1 4
7 2 2 Cody Coughlin Jeg's.com Chevrolet 167 10 31 Running
8 4 98 Grant Enfinger Protect The Harvest/Curb Records Ford 167 5 7 39 Running
9 13 51 Brandon Jones(i) Lyons Industries/Menards Toyota 167 7 4 0 Running
10 12 24 Justin Haley Fraternal Order Of Eagles Chevrolet 166 27 Running 1 4
11 11 25 Dalton Sargeant # Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet 165 26 Running
12 9 02 Austin Hill United Rentals Chevrolet 165 25 Running
13 19 22 Austin Wayne Self Don't Mess With Texas/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet 164 24 Running
14 15 20 Darrell Wallace Jr. (i) Andy's Frozen Custard Chevrolet 164 0 Running
15 32 13 Myatt Snider # Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford 164 22 Running 1 9
16 10 16 Brett Moffitt Concrete Supply Toyota 163 3 2 38 Running
17 17 45 Justin Fontaine # ProMATIC Automation/Superior Essex Chevrolet 163 20 Running
18 7 41 Ben Rhodes Alpha Energy Solutions Ford 162 4 26 Running 1 1
19 16 54 Bo LeMastus # Crosley Brands/DGR Crosley Toyota 160 18 Running
20 31 83 Kyle Donahue First Responder Racing Chevrolet 159 17 Running
21 25 33 Josh Reaume Colonial Countertops Toyota 158 16 Running
22 29 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Think Realty/Mark One Chevrolet 157 15 Running
23 28 6 Norm Benning Zomongo Chevrolet 157 14 Running
24 30 74 Mike Harmon(i) Horizon Transport Chevrolet 146 0 Oil Leak
25 21 3 Jordan Anderson Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet 139 12 Running
26 27 15 Robby Lyons Finke Brothers Inc. Chevrolet 139 11 Running
27 18 49 Wendell Chavous SobrietyNation.org Chevrolet 131 10 Suspension
28 26 50 Jamie Mosley Crossbar E-Cigarettes Chevrolet 66 9 Overheating
29 24 36 Bayley Currey Chevrolet 30 8 Transmission
30 22 87 Joe Nemechek Fleetwing Chevrolet 27 7 Overheating
31 23 0 Joey Gase(i) Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet 6 0 Electrical
32 20 63 Kevin Donahue Mittler Bros. Chevrolet 0 5 Transmission
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 52 Mins, 03 Secs. Average Speed: 134.137 MPH Margin of Victory: 1.558 Seconds
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Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:45 AM, 05.12.2018