Although Noah Gragson did not make the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs in his rookie season, there is still a lot for him to accomplish in the final seven races of 2017. He is still searching for that elusive first win, and he and the Switch team feel it is in the near future.
The Las Vegas native has one prior start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in Loudon. He competed in last year's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Although his 11th-place finish is not what he wanted, the track time gave him some much-needed experience at the flat track known as the "Magic Mile." However, this time will be different since he'll be driving a Tundra and the track won't be the same as it was with the application of VHT (also known as PJ1 - a custom formulated resin to provide extra traction). With two hours of practice on Friday, Gragson and all the competitors will have to quickly adapt to the new characteristics of the track.
Coming off his 11th top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Gragson heads to NHMS with a proven winning Tundra. He finished ninth with this Switch Tundra at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., and his KBM teammate, Christopher Bell, won with it at Gateway in 2016, along with a second-place finish in last year's New Hampshire race. In eight starts since 2015, this truck has one win and has led 116 laps.
KMB teams also have a strong record at NHMS collecting three wins, three poles, 575 laps led, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 7.1 across 11 starts in the Granite State. Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected two of his organization's wins in 2010 and 2011, while William Byron captured KBM's third win last year. All three wins were in dominant fashion from the pole position and led at least 89 percent of the laps.
Gragson is looking to be a playoff spoiler this weekend at New Hampshire with a trip to Victory Lane and a celebration with some melted butter and a big lobster.