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Gragson Wins Inaugural Race At New Jersey

Takes Home Second K&N Pro East Trophy
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
September 17, 2016 - 10:07pm

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Noah Gragson edged past Dominique Van Wieringen with eight laps remaining in the 125 Saturday night at New Jersey Motorsports Park to earn his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory.

The 18-year-old powered his SPEEDVEGAS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford through the field after dropping from third to fifth at the halfway break. He battled his way into the top three and then to the second position. With eight laps remaining in the 55 lap feature, the NASCAR Next driver edged his way past Van Wieringen for the win.

Gragson and his Jefferson Pitts Racing team celebrated their first trip to Victory Lane in the East at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on June 17. 

This marks Gragson’s third consecutive road course victory. He won both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races last weekend at Utah Motorsports Park in the series’ first ever doubleheader on back-to-back days at the same venue.

Current K&N Pro Series East championship points leader Justin Haley finished second, while runner-up Kyle Benjamin finished third. With the Dover International Speedway finale two weeks away, Haley holds a 29-point lead over Benjamin in the championship standings.

Van Wieringen and Collin Cabre rounded out the top five, while Ruben Garcia Jr., Tyler Dippel, Tyler Hughes, Austin Hill and Hunter Baize completed the top 10.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action on Sept. 30 when the series heads to Dover International Speedway to crown its 2016 champion. 


Noah Gragson led a total of eight laps en route to his third consecutive road course win in the 125. Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images