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Noah Gragson Keeping Focused on 2018, Not The Future

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As talent continues to develop within the Joe Gibbs Racing ranks, discussions have been rapid about where Christopher Bell will be racing next season.

Though when it comes to another driver in the development system, Noah Gragson, the future isn’t on his mind right now.

“I really don’t know where we are along with that right now,” he said. “My priority right now is to focus on the Playoffs and doing the best job I can do from here until Homestead and just try to focus on the moment. I can focus on what’s going to happen next year or years down the road, but it’s not going to do me any good. I need to perform right now and win races and do the best job I can do.

“I’m very fortunate to have a good group around me with Kyle Busch Motorsports and Toyota Racing to do that, I have a lot of great people. Just trying to focus right now on the moment and then hopefully I can win some races and the rest will take care of itself.”

Gragson ran three NASCAR XFINITY Series races this year, placing inside the top-seven in each of those, highlighted by a runner=up at Richmond Raceway.

But right now, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship is priority as he enters Michigan International Speedway second in the standings with a win, five top-fives, and 10 top-10’s in 13 races.

While showing speed and leading 450 laps this season, late-race issues such as an extra pit stop for a wheel-spacer at Kentucky Speedway, to the handling getting away from them at Chicagoland Speedway, have cost them victories. However, that hasn’t hurt the confidence as Gragson has total faith in his team as we near the beginning of the playoffs.

“Once we get into the Playoffs, that’s where it really starts and we have to start capitalizing on opportunities to get to Homestead and then it’s kind of gloves off when we get there,” he said.

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.