Noah Gragson is set to make his 11th career NASCAR Cup Series start in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. It will be his second Cup Series start at Daytona and his third with Beard Motorsports. Gragson made his Cup Series debut with Beard Motorsports in this year’s Daytona 500. After starting 39th in the Great American Race, Gragson was running among the top-10 with just 10 laps remaining. But on lap 191, another car lost control and slid into Gragson’s No. 62 Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet Camaro as the two raced through the frontstretch. Gragson was turned into the wall and his car suffered heavy front-end damage. Gragson was unhurt, but the same could not be said for his racecar. He was unable to continue the race and was ultimately credited with a 31st-place finish.
Gragson returned to Beard Motorsports in April for the GEICO 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In contrast to Daytona, it was a relatively quiet affair. Gragson finished 20th after getting off sequence during the final round of pit stops and lost the draft. Nonetheless, Gragson did what many of his counterparts could not – bring home a straight racecar. The GEICO 500 featured six caution periods for a total of 28 laps with 13 drivers failing to finish.
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