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Gragson Doubles Up In Utah

Completes K&N Pro West Sweep With Last Lap Pass
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
September 11, 2016 - 6:48pm

TOOLE, Utah Noah Gragson made the big move on Todd Gilliland on the last lap of the UMC 110 presented by Ken Garff Volvo to sweep the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West doubleheader weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus.

It was Gragson's second win in as many days, as the Las Vegas driver won Saturday's race on the 3.048-mile oval. The races marked the first time the series ran a doubleheader on back-to-back days at the same venue, and Gragson made the most of the historic weekend.

Gragson powered his No. 7 SPEEDVEGAS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford through the field after dropping from third to 12th to avoid an incident midway through the race. After charging his way back into the top three, the 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver used his winning strategy from last night – conserving his tires and waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

Gragson’s window opened when he was able to get by Ryan Partridge in the turns with seven laps remaining. For the next six laps, he stared down Gilliland’s bumper waiting for the opportunity to take the lead. Gragson made the bump-and-run on his fellow NASCAR Next driver on the final lap to grab the checkered flag for the second time.

Gilliland and Partridge finished second and third, respectively, while Gilliland’s Bill McAnally Racing teammate Riley Herbst and K&N Pro Series West veteran Todd Souza rounded out the top five.

Gragson’s weekend sweep moved him third in the standings, where he trails Gilliland by 37 points. Partridge sits just 13 points back of Gilliland with two races remaining.

Blaine Perkins, Will Rodgers, Julia Landauer, Cole Rouse and Stafford Smith completed the top 10.

The Utah doubleheaders will air on NBCSN Saturday, September 17 from 9 and 10 p.m. ET (7 and 9 p.m. MT).

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action Saturday, Sept. 24 at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway.

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Noah Gragson drove away with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West checkered flag for the second day in a row at Utah Motorsports Campus Sunday. Gene Sweeney Jr./NASCAR via Getty Images