For a driver to have been the primary to win 4 straight Xfinity Collection races since Sam Ard did again in 1983, Noah Gragson simply wished to give attention to one factor solely; a cowboy hat for his Cole Swindell live performance he was attending to that night time. The 24 yr previous Las Vegas native can’t get together too arduous on Saturday night when rocking out on the large stage, as a result of he might be piloting the No. 16 Chevy Camaro for Kaulig Racing for 500 miles on Sunday at Texas. “I would like a cowboy hat,” quoted Gragson within the media heart. “I would like to decorate appropriately for the tradition down right here. These final couple of laps, I used to be considering, ‘We have to discover a strip mall that sells cowboy hats so we will look cool on this live performance.’”
The race at Texas Motor Speedway wasn’t one that everybody knew Gragson was going to win, regardless that he put the Bass Professional Retailers Chevy within the lead on three separate events for a complete of 85 laps led. Early within the race, Truck Collection championship contender and final yr’s winner John Hunter Nemecheck led early and infrequently within the scorching sunny monitor in Texas. He would find yourself being concerned in a crash on lap 116, when a giant pile up involving Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, and a number of other others took race successful contenders out of the race.
Within the 2 hours and 38 minutes it took to finish the 300 mile occasion, 17 of the 38 drivers entered have been worn out both as a consequence of a crash or mechanical drawback. If Texas wasn’t in the identical spherical as Talladega and the Charlotte Roval, some would have thought of this the wildcard occasion. With laps winding down, AJ Almendinger, who was additionally concerned in the identical pile up as Nemecheck, regarded like he was going to have an amazing shot of successful with the gas mileage/tire put on kicking into impact. Nonetheless, with simply 17 laps to go within the occasion, the Dinger needed to pit, which left Jeb Burton within the lead till Gragson handed him with new tires.
Saturday night’s win was Gragsons fourth straight since Darlington, seventh total this yr, and twelfth total. Nonetheless, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who owns JRM, advised the media heart, “I don’t imagine he’s afraid of the highlight. I feel he will get nervous, however he finds methods to calm their nerves down and get centered on successful. He’ll do nice within the Cup, which is one thing I would not have mentioned till this yr since he has matured.” The Xfinity Collection will tackle the wild and loopy Talladega Superspeedway subsequent Saturday afternoon, for the second race of the Spherical of 12.