Gragson Recovers for Overtime Sonoma Victory

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 24, 2019) – Noah Gragson overcame an early penalty for jumping a restart to score the victory in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma Raceway in California, his first NASCAR-sanctioned victory of 2019 and the second Drivers Edge Development driver to visit Victory Lane this year.

Gragson started second in his No. 7 Jefferson Pitts Racing-prepared Chevrolet and took the lead early in the going but was black flagged for jumping a restart and was sent to the rear of the field. He began methodically working his way back to the front.

Starting second on the final overtime restart, leader Ryan Preece was issued a black flag for jumping the restart, allowing Gragson to assume the lead. While Gragson’s No. 7 Chevy crossed the line second, he was declared the winner.

“Helluva race,” Gragson said. “Kind of had a little bit of adversity there in the middle of the race. Got called for jumping the start as the leader. Never really heard of that one before, but we battled back through adversity and ended up the winner.”

It’s Gragson’s fifth career K&N Pro Series West victory and seventh career K&N win overall.

Behind Gragson was Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon, Cole Custer and David Mayhew rounding out the top-five.

The race will be broadcast on NBCSN on Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. ET.