NASCAR Next driver Noah Gragson set to join Kyle Busch Motorsports
NASCAR Next driver Noah Gragson is set to join Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series next season, Motorsport.com has learned.
Gragson, who like team owner Kyle Busch is a native of Las Vegas, has emerged as the leading candidate to take over the No. 9 Toyota team next season, replacing William Byron.
Byron, who remains in contention for this season’s Truck championship, is moving to a fulltime ride in the Xfinity Series in 2017 with JR Motorsports.
An official announcement of Gragson’s addition to KBM could come soon. On Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Busch said current driver Christopher Bell would return for another fulltime season in 2017 and he had a replacement for Byron “in the works.”
Gragson, 18, has won four NASCAR races this season – two each in the K&N Pro Series East and West. At one point, he won three consecutive races he entered, all on road courses.
Gragson finished fifth in the K&N East series standings this season and he is third in the West division heading into next weekend’s finale All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. He has six career K&N wins over the last two seasons.
The former Bandolero and Late Model standout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has also made two ARCA starts and will make his third career start next weekend at Kansas Speedway for Venturini Motorsports.
In May, Gragson was one of 11 drivers named to the NASCAR Next program, an industry-wide initiative designed to showcase rising young stars in racing.
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