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NASCAR Xfinity: Noah Gragson makes debut at Richmond

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 16: Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Switch Toyota, stands by his truck during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 16, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Noah Gragson will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut Friday night at Richmond (Va.) Raceway as driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The Richmond race will be the first of three-consecutive Xfinity Series races in which Gragson will drive the No. 18, as he’ll also compete in the series for JGR in races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 28 and Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 5. The No. 18 is typically driven by one of JGR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, but Cup drivers are prohibited from competing in the next three Xfinity Series races, as they’re part of the series’ Dash 4 Cash program that began April 14 at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway.

“I’m fortunate and very honored to make my NASCAR Xfinity Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond Raceway,” Gragson said. “This past year, I’ve continued to demonstrate that I’m a top competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the No. 18 Safelite Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. JGR is known for building fast race cars, and I’m excited to get behind the wheel of the No. 18 Switch Toyota Camry and prove to everyone that my skillset is ready for the next level. My plan is to not just make my NXS debut, but to also run up front in each race and make a name for myself.”

This season is Gragson’s second as a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, both as a driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports, owned by Joe Gibbs Racing Cup Series driver Kyle Busch. Gragson has 29-career starts in the Cup Series, resulting in a race win last year at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He also has six-career top-five finishes in Truck Series competition.

The Dover race weekend will be a doubleheader weekend for Gragson, as he’ll compete in the Camping World Truck Series race there May 4. The Truck Series is off until the Dover weekend.

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