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Pit Road Penalty Proves Costly for Gragson

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A pit road penalty cost Noah Gragson a top-10 finish in Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 for the Camping World Truck  at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Gragson, who started in the fourth position, ran up front through the first half of the event, finishing second and sixth in the first two stages.

However, Gragson’s solid run would be cut short just past halfway mark with a costly penalty — one not of his making.

As he approached his pit stall, the crew went over the wall to service his truck too soon. 

These turn of events have bitten Gragson several times this year. Strong runs have been diminished by mistakes.

Without a win this season, the driver of the No. 18 for Kyle Busch Motorsports finds himself 34 points behind Ryan Truex for the final position in the playoffs with just two races remaining. 

As the regular season winds down, a win may be Gragson’s only ticket to the post-season.

But next month’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the final event at Chicagoland Speedway might provide that victory.

While competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last season, he scored a runner-up at Sonoma Raceway, and intermediate tracks have suited him well. He has logged four top-10’s in seven of the 1.5-mile tracks.

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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.