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Noah Gragson Scores First Career Pole at Texas

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Noah Gragson will lead the field to green in tonight’s winstaronlinegaming.com 400 shortly after he graduates from high school at Texas Motor Speedway.

Posting a lap at 185.134 mph, the driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, broke the track qualifying record of 184.464 mph, set by Clint Bowyer in 2006. Johnny Sauter, who was fastest in Round 1 and is the defending winner of this race, will start second, followed by Matt Crafton. Ryan Truex, matched his career-best starting position of fourth, while Grant Enfinger rounds out the top five.

Kaz Grala starts sixth, followed by Ben Rhodes in seventh. John Hunter Nemechek will start eighth. Austin Cindric, who scored a career-best finish of fifth last weekend at Dover International Speedway starts ninth, alongside Justin Haley. Cody Coughlin and Chase Briscoe were the other two drivers to move through to Round 2 and will start 11th and 12th, respectively.

The biggest surprise in qualifying came from Christopher Bell, who led all three practice sessions on Thursday afternoon and evening. Many expected he would start on the pole for tonight’s race, however the cowl cover for his truck was never taken off ahead of his run. Bell will start 21st.

The winstaronlinegaming.com 400 will begin at 7 p.m. local time on FOX Sports 1.

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