For a second straight night, Noah Gragson had the car to beat at the Kentucky Speedway. For a second straight night, pit road cost him a win.
Noah Gragson started fifth in Friday’s Alsco 300, but it only took him 12 laps before he took over the lead again during the second NASCAR Xfinity Series race in as many days in the Bluegrass State.
Gragson, led a race-high 87 of 136 laps in Thursday night’s Xfinity Series race at the Kentucky Speedway, but a bad pit call for him to take four tires prior to the final stage of racing put him in dirty air for the first time of the night and hurt his chances of winning.
Gragson, swept both stages but was on the wrong line on the final restart and faded to 11th in the end.
On Friday, he picked up where he left off at the end of the second stage last night. Gragson, led 37 laps at the beginning and took his third stage win of the week. Then, he was speeding on pit road. Instead of restarting the second stage in first, he’d restart at the back in 25th.
He’d struggle in dirty air from there and only came home eighth in Stage 2. They had to work hard to finish seventh.
The speed was far greater than the finishes showed here in Kentucky.
“We had another great car today, we just fought some tight-handling conditions throughout the entire race,” said Gragson on his night. “It seemed like no matter what we did, the car just would not free up and it didn’t help that I put us behind the 8-ball when I sped on pit road there at the end of Stage One. We were able to claw our way back towards the front and earn another top-10 finish on the year. We will take this finish and head to Texas next week.”