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Noah Gragson Gets Ready for Second NCWTS Start at Homestead-Miami Speedway

dsc_1430Homestead, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2016) — Noah Gragson will make his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in the Nov. 18 EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 18 SPEEDVEGAS / AlertID Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters.

The 18-year-old Las Vegas native made his series debut at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) last week, posting a 16th place finish after starting 14th in the Lucas Oil 150.  The NASCAR NEXT driver had advanced to a highest running position of 12th place, finishing on the lead lap. He completed the entire event, gaining experience with each lap.  Additionally, according to NASCAR Loop Statistics, Gragson made the highest number of green flag passes (29) on the Avondale, Ariz. track.

This will be Gragson’s first start on the 1.5 oval track located in Homestead, Fla., where the inaugural  NCWTS Championship Chase will be finalized.

dsc_0986Noah Gragson: “I learned a tremendous amount last week in Phoenix. Learning the aero, the way the trucks handle and how to work around the field were all new to me. I have a lot to learn about racing in the NCWTS, but I am excited about the future. Richie (Wauters) and the team did an incredible job of giving me a great truck. I got myself in a little pinch early, but we were able to recover our Tundra well, thanks to the hard work of everyone at RWR, KBM and Toyota.”

dsc_0993The Ford EcoBoost 200 is slated to begin Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.  Fox Sports 1 will have live televised coverage of NCWTS practice at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., qualifying at 3:30 p.m. and pre-race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.

MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 will also have live coverage of the race.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @NoahGragson.

Noah Gragson Makes NCWTS Debut at Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Ariz. (Nov. 7, 2016) –Noah Gragson will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in the running of the Lucas Oil 150 Friday, Nov. 11.

Gragson will pilot the No. 18 SPEEDVEGAS / AlertID Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters at the Avondale, Arizona track.

unspecifiedThe 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver started in the Bandoleros at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, eventually moving into late models.  In 2015, Noah joined the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West making his series debut at Kern County Raceway Park. He finished third after qualifying eighth. At Tucson Raceway Park, Gragson battled with his teammate for his first career victory. Later in the season at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway, he recorded his first pole position and led 176 laps to win.

In his first season of stock car racing, Gragson finished second in the final points standings with two wins, seven top fives, and 11 top 10s, becoming the ninth driver in series history to finish runner-up in points and win Rookie of the Year.

2016 would mark a full-season return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, as well as competing in 13 of 14 races in the NKNPS East. In 27 races between the two series, Gragson would put up an impressive four wins, 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.

Gragson has also competed in several Super Late Model events with Wauters Motorsports and is looking for additional experience prior to his 2017 full season in the NCWTS for KBM.

18-truckNoah Gragson:

“I am excited about my debut in the Truck Series (NCWTS) in Phoenix and moving to the next level of racing from the NASCAR K&N Series to one of the top-tier NASCAR touring series in 2017.  I want to thank Kyle & Samantha Busch, KBM, Richie Wauters and Toyota for the opportunity to run the final two races this season in preparation for next year.   I am proud to represent my sponsors SPEEDVEGAS and AlertID at Phoenix and Homestead (HMS). My goal is to learn a lot these next two events, run all the laps and build towards next season. I’ve run PIR in the K&N Series where I was able to learn the track but I know driving the Toyota Tundra will be a new experience and I am certainly looking forward to it.”

Gragson will also pilot the KBM Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Nov. 18 NCWTS Season Finale.

Richie Wauters:

“We are excited to have Noah (Gragson) in the truck at Phoenix.  We ran this truck (chassis 23) at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) and Phoenix (PIR) last year with Dalton (Sargent) where he finished ninth in New Hampshire and was caught up in a wreck at Phoenix.  Kyle (Busch) and I go back a long ways in the Truck Series (NCWTS) and I’m glad we were able to get Noah behind the wheel of a truck in the last two races before his full season next year.  Noah is a great driver, we’ve had a lot of fun running in the Super Late Models the past couple years and we are anxious to see how he converts his style to a truck.  Hopefully, we will have a great finish at Phoenix and Homestead for SPEEDVEGAS, AlertID and Toyota.”

16t18-sv-rev-a4-014The Lucas Oil 150 NCWTS at Phoenix International Raceway is slated to begin at 10 pm ET Friday, Nov. 11.  Fox Sports 1 will have live televised coverage of practice (11:30 am and 3 pm); qualifying (8:30 pm) and the NCWTS Setup Show beginning at 9:30 pm. MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 will also have live coverage of the race.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @NoahGragson.

Noah Gragson Rebounds to 11th in Winchester 400 with Wauters Motorsports

Winchester, IN (October 10, 2016)-Noah Gragson piloting the No. 5 SpeedVegas Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry posted an 11th place finish in the Winchester 400 Sunday afternoon.  Gragson’s car broke a upper control arm on lap 42 and the Wauters Motorsports team was able to fix the part and send the young driver back out on lap 88 of the 400 lap race at Winchester Speedway.

img_1560The Speed Vegas Camry was still run the times of the lead cars but was not able to advance into the top-10 due to being multiple laps down.

Noah Gragson:

“The Wauters Toyota Camry was really fast today. We broke a Control Arm on lap 42 and we had to come in for repair. When we got back out we were many laps behind, but still ended up with a P11 finish thanks to the hard work of the team and the preparation of the car.

speed-vegas“Our times were that if the leaders. Had we not had that early malfunction, I believe that we would’ve been up front with the leaders battling for the win. I’d like to thank Wauters, Toyota, SpeedVegas and Alert ID. Without everybody’s hard work and help, none of this would’ve been possible.”

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Noah Gragson & Wauters Motorsports Going for the Win in the 45th Annual Winchester 400

speed-vegas-1Noah Gragson will pilot the No. 5G Speed Vegas Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry in the 45th Annual Winchester 400 Sunday, October 9, 2016 in the Champion Racing Association (CRA) powered by JEGS Super Series event.

Gragson, a member of NASCAR Next program, is coming off a successful NASCAR K&N West and East Series season.  The 18-year-old Las Vegas, NV resident posted two wins in both K&N Series divisions in 2016.  He will be making his first start at the on the high-banked, asphalt, ½ mile oval in Winchester, Indiana. He and the Wauters team head to the Indiana track looking to capture the win this weekend.

Noah Gragson:

“This will be my first trip to Winchester Speedway.  I’ve heard that the track is really banked and very bumpy. 400 laps is a long race but these guys on the Wauters team have put together a really good Speed Vegas Toyota Camry for the race.  We are absolutely going there to bring home the win.  It would sure be awesome to win that Winchester rifle but I don’t know if TSA Security will let me bring it on the plane!  I’ve been assured the guys will make sure it gets back safely on the transporter.  I’m looking forward to this weekend.  There is a lot of stiff competition but we are going to work hard to bring home a solid finish or a win in the Speed Vegas Camry.”

Richie Wauters:

“Noah (Gragson) is a real wheelman and we are really excited about this weekend.  Noah has had a lot of success this season in both (NASCAR) K&N Series divisions and we are hoping to have him continue that this weekend at Winchester (Speedway).  It is a long race but Noah has the stamina and the ability to learn the track quickly and so I believe we will have a great weekend in Indiana. I have to thank Speed Vegas for coming onboard as the sponsor and we are all going to work hard to bring home a top finish or a win for them this weekend.”

speed-vegasPractice at Winchester Speedway will begin on Friday, October 7th, with additional practice and qualifying on Saturday. The historic 45th Annual Winchester 400 slated to begin at 2:00pm.

Pay-per-view broadcast of the ARCA/ CRA Super Series Winchester 400 can be seen on Speed51.com.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and twitter: @WautersMotors5, @NoahGragson.