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Gragson Takes Home First K&N East Victory

An Exciting G-W-C Finish Marks Series Return To Stafford
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
June 17, 2016 - 10:48pm

Stafford, Conn. – Noah Gragson picked up his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Stafford Motor Speedway Saturday night.

An exciting finish to the Stafford 150 propelled the 17-year-old, Las Vegas, Nevada, native to fourth in the series standings with 255 points. 

Gragson powered his No. 7 SPEEDVEGAS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford to the lead on the first green-white-checkered attempt and held off a charging Dillon Bassett to secure his celebration in Victory Lane. The NASCAR Next driver started in third on the restart and used an opportunity to make it a three wide battle with Todd Gilliland and Bassett. Gragson pulled away from Bassett to pick up his first win on the East Coast.

Gragson is no stranger to Victory Lane, he collected two wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last year en route to his runner-up finish in the championship standings and the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

Bassett and fellow NASCAR Next classmate Spencer Davis finished second and third, respectively. While Justin Haley and Gilliland rounded out the top five.

Collin Cabre, Austin Theriault, Christian Celaya, Hunter Baize and Ruben Garcia Jr. completed the top 10.

Dominique Van Wieringen, who led 88 laps after gaining the lead three laps into the 150-lap feature, finished 16th after a spin in Turn 2 on Lap 91. With the laps she led, the 20-year-old from Amherstburg, Ontario, set the record for most laps led by a female in the K&N Pro Series East. 

The Stafford 150 will air on NBCSN Thursday, June 23rd at 5 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action Saturday, July 2 at Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway.

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Noah Gragson led a total of two laps enroute to his first his win at Stafford Motor Speedway. Adam Glanzman/NASCAR via Getty Images