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GRAGSON EARNS NCWTS POLE; HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS UP NEXT

Noah Gragson

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 9, 2017) - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Noah Gragson truly will “cap” one momentous Friday evening at Texas Motor Speedway when he leads the field to the green flag for the start of the winstaronlinegaming.com 400.

But first…Gragson will participate in a special ceremony marking his high school graduation.

Gragson, 18, qualified on-pole late Friday afternoon by touring TMS’ repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile at a Truck Series record speed 185.134 mph in the No. 18 Switch Toyota Tundra fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Gragson’s hot lap in knockout qualifying barely edged reigning series champion Johnny Sauter for P1. Sauter, the last driver to attempt a qualifying run, finished second at 185.115 mph in the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado fielded by GMS Racing. Sauter, who won the Striping Technology 350 here in November, posted his first win of the season last weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Due to his racing schedule, Gragson did not attend a traditional high school in his hometown of Las Vegas. Gragson instead took online courses at the K12 International Academy. During pre-race activities, Gragson will walk the stage along the track’s frontstretch grandstands in cap and gown to “Pomp & Circumstance” and receive his on-line diploma from TMS President Eddie Gossage, who holds a doctorate in hyperbole. Several of Gragson’s family members will be in attendance, including parents Scott and Jill.

A Truck Series Rookie of the Year candidate, Gragson is currently 10th in the point standings.

The race is scheduled for 167 laps/250.5 miles.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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