Noah Gragson was Mr. Consistency for the entirety of last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
Gragson scored victories in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and in the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but the JR Motorsports driver’s penchant for top-five finishes – 17 in 33 starts last year – prove how he’s tough to beat on any type of track.
Finishing fifth or better in half the races this year, though, won’t cut it for the 22-year-old Las Vegas native. He’s itching to return to Victory Lane and deliver JR Motorsports another championship.
Gragson’s focus in February, however, also revolved around a long-awaited NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500. Gragson agreed in mid-January to replace fellow Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan in Beard Motorsports’ No. 62 Chevrolet for the NASCAR Cup Series’ season-opening crown jewel event.
“As a young racer from Las Vegas, I had always dreamt of racing in the Daytona 500,” Gragson said in January. “I’m very appreciative of the faith the Beard family and Brendan have in me, and equally appreciative to JR Motorsports for allowing me to pull double duty and compete for them in the Xfinity Series and also Beard Motorsports while we’re down in Daytona.”
Gragson’s colorful disposition has already earned the third-year JRM driver an army of fans. All he has to do now is to win more races to solidify his championship aspirations – and turn a one-off Cup Series debut into a full-time job for 2022..