Noah Gragson has an emotional response to the future of NASCAR


Noah Gregson standing with his trophy at Kansas Speedway.

Noah Gragson’s time in the Xfinity Series will expire after the end of the 2022 season at Phoenix Raceway. He will move on to the Cup Series in what will be a very emotional departure from JR Motorsports.

Gragson provided insight into his preparation for the big change during a press conference after winning at Kansas Speedway on September 10. He made it clear that he embraces every moment of the 2022 Xfinity Series season, which included five trips to Victory Lane. He then detailed how much of a family atmosphere there is inside a Mooresville store.

“I just think all people are my agent [Earnhardt-Miller] Dale [Earnhardt Jr.]LW … Ryan Pemberton is a huge part of our company and the success we’ve had, remains, even today,” Gregson said emotionally. “Joe Mathis, Kristen [Bauer]Everyone who participates, everyone takes and I think we have a great group of people.

“I really don’t want it to change. I’ve been thinking for the last two or three weeks, I’m almost done. And it’s bittersweet because I love everyone at JR Motorsports. I’m having the most fun of my racing career. And I don’t want it to stop. That never, but, you know, things are moving forward.”

Gragson can help get a great job done

Noah Gregson

GTJR Motorsports celebrates its victory at the Kansas Speedway.

The #9 Chevrolet Camaro driver has a lot of goals he wants to achieve in his final Xfinity Series season. Among this group is the continuation of their career peaks, as well as a return to the fourth championship.

Of course, getting the first title of his career is the bigger goal, but Gragson also wants to take care of some important business for Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, a co-owner of JR Motorsports.

Hendrik Motors, this is their 499th win, Gregson continued. “And I called Mr. Hendrick the day before we announced the Petty GMs deal and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing this deal. And he said — his words of advice to me and otherwise — at the time, he was like, ‘We’ve got 495 wins. We want to get the 500 this year.’ And that gave me an extra boost of confidence.

And he said, ‘I think you could be the guy who gets our 500th win in the Autos program. “It would be really special to me if we could [I] They want to get that for him.”

Gragson has several races left

Gragson may be nearing the end of his tenure in the Xfinity series, but he still has time left with JR Motorsports. He still has to finish the regular season before the three rounds of playoffs.

There are eight races left in the 2022 Xfinity Series season. The regular season final takes place at Bristol Motor Speedway, a track that Gregson doesn’t expect to beat. He admitted during his press conference that he struggled on the short track.

Texas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Phoenix Raceway all occupy different positions in Gragson’s mind. He knows he can compete for wins at these tracks based on his past performance, so there’s a solid chance of him getting that 500th win for Hendrik’s engine shop.

It remains to be seen whether or not Gregson will achieve that goal. For now, he’ll just focus on ending his last full-time season on a high note and embracing his remaining time with JR Motorsports.

“Enjoy every second,” said Gregson. “I don’t want to take anything for granted for the rest of the year. Because like that, we’ll be in Phoenix. I just appreciate the moment because I’m really grateful for where I am and for the people who work so hard at JR Motorsports and I don’t want it to end.”


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