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Noah Gragson wins Truck race at Kansas Speedway

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Noah Gragson led the final five laps to win the Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, claiming his second career win and the first of the season.

Gragson, who started from the pole, assumed the lead when Myatt Snider ran out gas.

Gragson beat team owner Kyle Busch, Stewart Friesen, John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter.

The win comes a week after Gragson wrecked in the closing laps at Dover while battling Sauter for the lead.

“This is such a relief for a driver that had a hard week last week, we were battling for the win,” Gragson told Fox Sports 1. “We came back stronger this weekend, two consecutive poles in a row, led the most laps today. Man, this is pretty damn cool moment.”

Gragson led 128 laps. After winning the first two stages, Gragson lost the lead when he was the first driver to pit under green with 33 laps remaining. While Busch and Friesen took two tires, Gragson had four fresh tires.

“They were way faster than us, they deserved to win the race, they were better than us all weekend,” Busch told FS1. “I thought we were close, the truck felt good after about 15 laps. It just took long to come in.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Noah Gragson

STAGE 2 WINNER: Noah Gragson

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: John Hunter Nemechek finished fourth after starting the race from the rear for an unapproved adjustment … Brandon Jones finished ninth in his first of four scheduled Truck races for Kyle Busch Motorsports … Stewart Friesen earned his fourth career top five despite breaking the knob on his shifter under caution in the middle of the final stage while leading. He was then forced to restart ninth after he failed to maintain pace car speed. He made it to second in one lap.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ben Rhodes finished 18th, five laps down after power issues forced him to pit with 15 laps to go in Stage 2 while he was running second. He was then penalized for having too many crew members over the wall … Brett Moffitt pitted with 73 laps left in the race to get a new battery after running in second early in the final stage. He finished 16th, four laps down.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “He’s not a fluke.” – Kyle Busch on Noah Gragson.

NOTABLE: Late in the race Kyle Busch and Stewart Friesen were fighting for position out of Turn 4 when Friesen blocked Busch and sent him onto the edge of the infield grass. During Busch’s post-race press conference, Friesen approached Busch at the podium and apologized.

POST-RACE INSPECTION: Stewart Friesen’s No. 52 Chevrolet was found to have an interior hose violation. Any penalties will be announced next week.

WHAT’S NEXT: North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 8:30 p.m. ET on May 18 on Fox Sports 1.

Noah Gragson wins Truck Series pole at Kansas Speedway

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Noah Gragson qualified first for tonight’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, giving him his fifth career pole and his second consecutive pole this season.

Gragson grabbed the top spot with a speed of 176.678 mph.

Through six races, he has started inside the top five in all but one.

He was third fastest in Round 1.

“Just knew I needed to get up through the gears just a little bit better,” Gragson told Fox Sports 1. “It felt like a good run there in the second qualifying round and it really showed.”

Gragson is joined on the front row by Cody Coughlin (176.482 mph).

The top five is completed by Matt Crafton (176.459), Grant Enfinger (176.361) and Johnny Sauter (176.154).

Kyle Busch starts sixth.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will start 15th in his first Truck Series start of the season.

Myatt Snider will start last after spinning in Turn 4 during his run in Round 1.

Click here for qualifying results.

Darrell Wallace Jr. to make his first Truck start of 2018 at Kansas

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Darrell Wallace Jr. will make his first Camping World Truck Series start of 2018 Friday at Kansas Speedway in the 37 Kind Days 250. He will drive the No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.

It will mark only his second start in a Truck since he raced full-time in the series in 2014.

Wallace made one start last year at Michigan International Speedway racing the No. 99 Miller Brothers Chevrolet. He won the LTi Printing 200 after starting ninth. He also won in the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, so he has the opportunity to win in three consecutive starts.

“I always enjoy racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and am thankful for this opportunity with Young’s Motorsports,” said Wallace in a press release. “Kansas is a fast and fun track and I am ready to put our Andy’s Frozen Custard Chevy to the test.”

In two previous starts at Kansas in the Truck series, Wallace finished seventh in 2013 and 15th in 2014.

Wallace currently sits 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series with two top 10s.

Goodyear Tire info for Kansas Speedway

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NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend with the Cup and Camping World Truck Series competing at the 1.5-mile track.

While both series will have the same right-side tires, Cup and Truck teams will have their own distinct left-side tire codes.

Cup teams used the right-side tire code in both Kansas races last season and it’s unique to Kansas. The right-side tire is one of Goodyear’s multi-zone tread tires, with two tread compounds on the same tire – one on the inboard two inches for heat resistance (Endurance Zone) and one on the outboard 10 inches for grip (Traction Zone).

“These cars are running tremendous speeds and that, combined with the camber settings in the front end, generates a lot of heat in the tire, which shows up most on the inboard of the right-front,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing in a press release. “Being able to protect that area with a more heat and wear resistant tread compound frees us up to give teams more grip with the outboard compound. As NASCAR moved to a lower downforce rules package over the past several seasons, we continued to talk to teams and evaluate performance to look at where we could improve grip. We feel like we made a nice step toward that at Kansas last season, and we return with the same tread compounds in 2018.”

This is the first time Cup teams have run this left-side tire code. Compared to what was run at Kansas last season, it features a construction update to bring it into line with what is run at other speedways. Cup teams will also run this left-side code at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the next two weeks.

Here’s the tire info for Cup

Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, one set for qualifying and eight sets for the race.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4788; Right-side — D-4720

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side — 2,252 mm (88.66 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi; Right Front — 52 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi

 

Truck Series

This is the first time Truck teams have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes. Compared to what the Trucks ran at Kansas in 2017, this left-side code features a construction update to align with other speedways.

Set limits: Six sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4784; Right-side — D-4720

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side — 2,252 mm (88.66 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 24 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi; Right Front — 52 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi