Sunday, September 11, 2016

Gragson Doubles Up In Utah

TOOLE, Utah – Noah Gragson made the big move on Todd Gilliland on the last lap of the UMC 110 presented by Ken Garff Volvo to sweep the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West doubleheader weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus.
It was Gragson's second win in as many days, as the Las Vegas driver won Saturday's race on the 3.048-mile oval. The races marked the first time the series ran a doubleheader on back-to-back days at the same venue, and Gragson made the most of the historic weekend.

Gragson powered his No. 7 SPEEDVEGAS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford through the field after dropping from third to 12th to avoid an incident midway through the race. After charging his way back into the top three, the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver used his winning strategy from last night – conserving his tires and waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

Gragson’s window opened when he was able to get by Ryan Partridge in the turns with seven laps remaining. For the next six laps, he stared down Gilliland’s bumper waiting for the opportunity to take the lead. Gragson made the bump-and-run on his fellow NASCAR Next driver on the final lap to grab the checkered flag for the second time.

Gilliland and Partridge finished second and third, respectively, while Gilliland’s Bill McAnally Racing teammate Riley Herbst and K&N Pro Series West veteran Todd Souza rounded out the top five.

Gragson’s weekend sweep moved him third in the standings, where he trails Gilliland by 37 points. Partridge sits just 13 points back of Gilliland with two races remaining.

Blaine Perkins, Will Rodgers, Julia Landauer, Cole Rouse and Stafford Smith completed the top 10.

The Utah doubleheaders will air on NBCSN Saturday, September 17 from 9 and 10 p.m. ET (7 and 9 p.m. MT).

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action Saturday, Sept. 24 at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway.

Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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At Utah Motorsports Campus
Tooele, UT
Lap length: 3.048 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) Noah Gragson, Las Vegas, NV, Ford, 36 laps, 70.039 mph.
2. (2) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 36.
3. (1) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 36.
4. (4) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 36.
5. (5) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 36.
6. (11) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 36.
7. (9) Will Rodgers, Murrieta, Calif., Ford, 36.
8. (10) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Toyota, 36.
9. (7) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Ford, 36.
10. (16) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 36.
11. (6) Gracin Raz, Lake Oswego, Ore., Ford, 35.
12. (19) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 35.
13. (12) Scott Ivie, Mountain View, Calif., Toyota, 35.
14. (15) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 35.
15. (17) Luis Vega, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 34.
16. (18) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Toyota, 27, oil line.
17. (8) Cole Moore, Granite Bay, Calif., Toyota, 20, brakes.
18. (14) Tim Spurgeon, Danville, CA, Chevrolet, 7, vibration.
19. (21) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 2, engine.
20. (13) Sting Ray Robb, Payette, Idaho, Chevrolet, 2, rear end.
21. (20) Rich DeLong, North Hills, Calif., Chevrolet, 1, brakes.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 34 minutes 0 seconds
Margin of Victory: 3.809 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Partridge (93.444 mph, 117.426 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 8 laps.
Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Partridge 1-5; T. Gilliland 6-17; R. Herbst 18-30; T. Gilliland 31-35; N.
Gragson 36.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 511; 2. R. Partridge, 498; 3. N. Gragson, 474; 4. G. Raz,
459; 5. R. Herbst, 453; 6. J. Landauer, 445; 7. C. Eggleston, 439; 8. C. Rouse, 431; 9.
B. Perkins, 406; 10. J. Iwuji, 350.