NASCAR Truck: KBM adds Noah Gragson to driver line-up for 2017
Noah Gragson (photo courtesy of Kyle Busch Motorsports)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Noah Gragson will join the Kyle Busch Motorsports stable of drivers for full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition in 2017, according to an announcement from Kyle Busch Motorsports on Friday.
“It’s hard to believe that, about four years ago, I toured Kyle Busch Motorsports as a young fan and aspiring driver in awe of the massive trophy collection, how immaculate the shop was and getting the chance to meet Darrell Wallace Jr. (former KBM driver, now racing in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing),” Gragson. “Now, just a short time later, I’m going to be competing for them full-time in the Camping World Truck Series.”
The race team has not yet revealed which KBM entry Gragson will pilot, but at least one current KBM driver plans to leave the team at the end of the season. William Byron, Truck Series chase competitor and the series’ winningest driver this season, already has announced that he’ll be making the move to JR Motorsports in 2017 to compete full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Gragson’s sponsors and crew chief, also, will be announced at a later date.
Gragson shares his hometown with his soon-to-be truck owner, Kyle Busch.
“It’s been very rewarding the last few years that Samantha and I have been able to provide and opportunity for young drivers to break into the Truck Series, and with Noah being from Las Vegas and getting his start in racing at the (Las Vegas Motor Speedway) Bullring like I did, you could say this one really hits home for me,” Busch said.”
Gragson competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2015 and 2016. He won in his third start and post first-year stats that included two wins, seven top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 races on his way to claiming series Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in the championship standings in 2015. This season, he won four more times and finished in the top-five 11 times and in the top-10 18 times in 26 races across the K&N Pro Series West and East divisions.
“He’s already proven capable of winning races while running both the K&N Pro Series East and West, so we’re looking forward to having him behind the wheel of our Tundras next season,” Busch said.