MERIDIAN, Idaho – Noah Gragson bounced back in a big way Saturday night.
Just one race after losing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship points lead, the 17-year-old from Las Vegas dominated the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway to reclaim the top spot.
Gragson won his first career 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day and then his No. 7 Alert I.D./Collier International Chevrolet led the most laps on the quarter-mile. It was Gragson’s second career win. He was victorious at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway in May.
Gragson’s eighth-place run at Colorado National Speedway two weeks ago had dropped him six points behind Chris Eggleston and Ryan Partridge. He erased that deficit Saturday: With just two races remaining, Gragson leads Chris Eggleston by two points.
Brandon McReynolds finished second, .462 seconds back, and Buddy Shepherd, making his second career start, was third. Eggleston and Johnny White were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Gragson’s teammate Gracin Raz was sixth, followed by Clay Green, Alex Schutte, Brett Thompson and Dylan Caldwell. Only eight cars were on the lead lap at the finish. The race featured 15 lead changes among five drivers, while Gragson led eight times for a race-high 176 laps.
Ryan Partridge, who entered the event tied in points with Eggleston, finished 11th and dropped eight points behind Gragson. Raz is fourth, 16 points out of the lead.
Noah Gragson, Brandon McReynolds, Buddy Shepherd, Chris Eggleston, Johnny White, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, Gracin Raz, Clay Green, Alex Schutte, Brett Thompson, Dylan Caldwell, Ryan Partridge, Matt Levin, Rob Powers, James Bickford, Hannah Newhouse, Rich DeLong III, Nicole Behar, Ron Norman, Colton Nelson, Trevor Cristiani, David Mayhew, John Wood, Jesse Iwuji