Gragson Gets First Truck Win

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"You can’t pass on the outside at Martinsville, but I did it. All the hard work, I got the monkey off my back." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Noah Gragson won Saturday's Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway for his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win.

Gragson got around Matt Crafton on the last restart of the race with 10 laps to go and went on to take the checkered flag. It was Gragson’s first series win in his 22nd career start. He became the fourth first-time winner of 2017.

“It’s really tough racing against these veterans,” Gragson said. “You can’t pass on the outside at Martinsville, but I did it.

“We got that caution there at the end. You can’t pass on the outside at Martinsville, but I did it. All the hard work, I got the monkey off my back. All year I’ve been asked pretty much every day, ‘When are you going to get that win? When are we going to put up a banner at Kyle Busch Motorsports?’ I’m just thankful for everyone who has brought me up in racing, I’m so very thankful. Man, I’m blown away.”

Crafton was able to hang on for second place to finish the best among playoff drivers in Saturday’s race.

“He had a perfect restart right there and I sucked,” Crafton said of the winning move by Gragson.

Johnny Sauter was another playoff driver with a good finish coming home third. However, the veteran driver was frustrated with his finish.

"Oh, he's the next prodigy. He's the greatest thing since sliced bread," he said sarcastically about Gragson’s victory.

Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland completed the top five finishers.

Stewart Friesen, Kaz Grala, Christopher Bell, Ben Rhodes and Austin Cindric completed the first 10 finishers.

“It’s solid,” Cindric said of his finish. “We move up one spot in the championship standings.  We need one more and we’re gonna go to Homestead, so I think it’s that simple.  We have to keep having races like this.  I think we got the most out of it today.”

John Hunter Nemechek had the worst day among playoff drivers when he lost his brakes and made hard contact with the wall. He ended up finishing eighth.

Bell, Sauter, Crafton and Rhodes are the top four in the playoff standings with two races left to decide which drivers will advance to the Championship 4 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Camping World Truck Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night.

 

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