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Noah Gragson Places Sixth at Talladega, Wants to “Race for Wins”

Two straight $100,000 bonuses would make most people extraordinarily happy. However, Noah Gragson is not one of those people.

When Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway was shortened as a result of weather, it left Gragson, who led four times for eight laps, deprived of the chance to race for the win. He also won the race’s second stage.

Nevertheless, Gragson’s finish earned him a second straight $100,000 payday from the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash Program.

But Gragson was chasing something cooler, something that he has not achieved since last June at Bristol – a race victory.

The Las Vegas native didn’t mince his words about that on Saturday afternoon following the race.

“$100,000 is nice, but I race for wins,” said Gragson in his post-race interview during FOX NASCAR’s telecast.

Recent trends show he is closing in on that. In the past five races, Gragson has finishes of sixth or better all but once, including a second-place finish at Martinsville to teammate Josh Berry.

He’ll continue that drive for a win on May 8 at Darlington.

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Tom B

He is truly hard to like.

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