Noah Gragson was looking forward to contending for a win at Pocono Raceway, but it was not meant to be, as an accident in the final stage took him out of contention and ended his streak of top-10 finishes.
Date: July 29, 2017
Event: Overton’s 150 (Race 12 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. (2.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: Three Segments; 15 laps/15 laps/30 laps
Start/Finish: 8th / 24th (accident, completed 40 of 60 laps)
Winner: Christopher Bell of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)
Stage One Recap:
- Gragson started his Switch Tundra eighth and finished the stage in the same position. As he came in to pit, he slid outside his pit box and since the crew began changing tires without pushing the truck back into the box, he incurred a NASCAR penalty and lost a lap to the leaders.
Stage Two Recap:
- Gragson restarted the race 25th, one lap down. He was able to regain his lap when the caution came out at the end of stage two. He pitted for four tires and returned to the track in 20th on the lead lap.
Stage Three Recap:
- After a caution early in the final stage, Gragson was able to move up to 13th Unfortunately, the “Tricky Triangle” lived up to its name with just under 20 laps to go. He was tapped from behind by Chase Briscoe and then Kaz Grala, which sent him into the wall with a hard impact in turn one. The damage to the Switch Tundra was too severe to continue, leaving Gragson in 24th place.
NOAH GRAGSON, driver of the No. 18 Switch Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about your race?
“We had a pretty eventful day today. I made a mistake at the end of the first stage that set us behind and kind of hurt us from there on. I slid through the box on my pit stop and got a lap down, and then just had to battle back in the second stage. I got the free pass and was passing trucks in the third stage and went off into turn one, but I didn’t know we were three-wide. The spotter called me three-wide super late and I came down the race track, got hit and pounded the wall pretty hard with my Switch Tundra.
“I’m disappointed in myself for sliding down through the box on my pit stop at the beginning of the race. I felt like we could have had a way better finish if I didn’t make that mistake, so I’m just going to move on to the next one. It’s kind of a bummer, we ended our streak of top-10 finishes. We just need to win races from here on out and be perfect.”
Overton’s 150 Recap:
- KBM’s Christopher Bell won his fourth race of the season followed by Ben Rhodes, Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured four cautions for a total of 15 laps. There were four lead changes among four drivers. Kyle Busch led a race high 32 laps and Christopher Bell led seven laps en route to the win.
How Gragson’s KBM Teammates Fared:
Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 1st
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 25th
NCWTS Driver Championship Standings:
Gragson remains ninth in the Truck Series Championship Standings, but now is 37 points behind eighth place, the final playoff position.
After a weekend off, the Truck Series returns to action on Saturday, August 12 at Michigan International Speedway. Live coverage of the LTi Printing 200 begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.