Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Noah Gragson makes history for JR Motorsports

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Noah Gragson just made history for JR Motorsports. He was the first driver to win three consecutive races for the NASCAR Xfinity Series team.

The driver of the #9 Chevrolet Camaro accomplished the feat at Bristol Motor Speedway, a track where he expected trouble. He banked on a late warning with more than 20 laps remaining and stayed off the track while race director Justin Allgaier pitted for fresh tyres. Gragson then held off both Austin Hill and Brandon Jones in the final run to the checkered flag.

That win, Gragson’s sixth of the season, was his third in a row. He started this series at Darlington Raceway when he put on a dominant performance.

Gragson then won the rain-shortened race at Kansas Speedway after taking the lead at the end of stage two. The trip to Bristol Motor Speedway continued that streak and was a historic moment for JR Motorsports.

The streak of three wins is historic for JR Motorsports, but it’s not the first time the organization has celebrated back-to-back weeks. Gragson is just the first rider to have accomplished this feat entirely on his own.

The first time JRM had a three-win streak was in 2014. Chase Elliott won at Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway. Kevin Harvick then took JRM to Victory Lane at Richmond Raceway. Elliott Sadler broke the streak in three races by winning at Talladega Superspeedway.

The second series of three wins came earlier in the 2022 season. Gragson started that series at Talladega Superspeedway and then Josh Berry conquered the race at Dover Motor Speedway. Allgaier placed third in a row at Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway.

JR Motorsports almost set a new record at Texas Motor Speedway. William Byron was within reach of winning a fourth straight race while driving for his former Xfinity Series team, but Tyler Reddick put Big Machine Racing in victory lane after leading the final 31 laps.

Victory at Bristol Motor Speedway was historic for JR Motorsports and Gragson. That wasn’t the only reason this was the best season in the organization’s history, statistically speaking.

Another reason is the number of wins. Three of the full-time drivers at JR Motorsports – Gragson, Allgaier and Josh Berry – have won 11 Xfinity Series races combined. Cup Series driver Kyle Larson added another during race weekend at Watkins Glen International.

This brand set a new record for JR Motorsports. The organization’s best season to date was 2014, when Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Regan Smith and Kasey Kahne combined to win nine races. Harvick had the most trips to Victory Lane at age four during his part-time campaign, but Elliott finished the season as the Xfinity Series champion.

The current JR Motorsports line-up surpassed that mark at the start of the 2022 season. Now they push it further and further with each passing week. The only question remaining is whether any of the four playoff drivers can end the year by winning their fourth JRM championship.

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