LAS VEGAS (AP) – NASCAR has a new villain and he doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of him.
Noah Gragson is the protagonist of the latest NASCAR hype. He crashed while leading last weekend’s race and sucked afterwards. How it was received depends on how you feel about Gragson.
He can be seen as a refreshing young Xfinity Series driver with no fear of showing his personality in a sport full of outspoken corporate promoters. Some see him as an authorized 22-year-old from a wealthy family that does not deserve attention and perhaps even his ride.
He returns home to Las Vegas for Saturday’s race and finds himself at the center of a heated debate. Should he continue the challenge position “it will be me” or take a step back?
“My job is to make people talk about me. And it’s going well now, ”Gragson said.
Gragson has built this moment for the past four years, following a path mapped out by NASCAR champions Kurt and Kyle Busch, who are also from Las Vegas. He was in the Truck Series at age 18 driving for Kyle Busch’s team, but the pipeline that traditionally leads to a lap of Joe Gibbs Racing only got him three Xfinity Series races.
Gragson moved to JR Motorsports, the team of Dale and Kelley Earnhardt with a Hendrick Motorsports alliance….