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Noah Gragson was quickest in practice on Saturday, his first time back in the K&N Pro Series West since 2016. (Russell LaBounty, NKP/NASCAR)

PRACTICE: Noah Gragson Back On Top With JPR At Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. — Noah Gragson and Jefferson Pitts Racing picked up right where they left off in 2016: with speed and running up front.

Gragson and JPR finished the first and only K&N Pro Series West practice at Sonoma Raceway for the Procore 200 quickest, with his 91.178 mph circuit coming on his final lap (10) in the 85-minute session.

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"I still feel like we need to do some work to get our car better," Gragson said. "Our JPR Camaro is really good, we just need a little bit more. But getting back with Jefferson Pitts Racing, we have really good road course equipment. I like working with Jerry Pitts, he was my crew chief back in 2015 and 2016. Feels really good to get back here at Sonoma, this is one of my favorite tracks. To do it with these guys, they’re the best team out here."

His JPR teammate and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Austin Dillon finished the session second quickest (90.144 mph), with championship points leader Derek Kraus, who won in his first career Trans Am start last weekend in Sonoma, third (90.139), 2015 Sonoma winner David Mayhew fourth (89.892) and Dillon’s MENCS teammate, Daniel Hemric, fifth (89.884).

JPR’s Ryan Preece and Jim Inglebright finished the session sixth and seventh, with Lawless Alan (making his series debut), Will Rodgers (defending winner) and Cole Custer rounding out the top 10.

The series’ most recent winner, Hailie Deegan, was 14th quickest in the session.


Qualifying for the Procore 200 is scheduled to begin Saturday (June 22) at 11 a.m. PDT, with the green flag for the 50-lap event flying at approximately 3:30 p.m. FansChoice.TV will have live coverage of the event.

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Noah Gragson’s No. 7 has graced Victory Lane a few times for Jefferson Pitts Racing. (Matthew T. Thacker, NKP/NASCAR)