I want to say this at the top. NASCAR fans clamor for drivers with personality, and when we have them in guys like Noah Gragson, the fanbase hates them? After Gragson’s horrible loss, a large portion of the NASCAR fan base rejoiced, and I’m sorry but there is little to no reason for this kind of backlash for such a young personable driver.

Noah Gragson has attitude and a wild streak in him. He’s one of the most boisterous personalities in the Xfinity garage, and his talent matches that same wild ferocity. It’s something I love about him, and I hope that the rest of NASCAR comes to understand that we need more drivers like him.

As far as the race goes, the wild thing actually didn’t blow this one for himself. I think that all of his losses in the past make us feel like this was another instance of Noah giving one away, but truly this was as bad as bad luck gets.

David Starr could’ve blown that tire at any moment at any spot on the track and unfortunately he chose right in front of Noah. It was heartbreaking to see after the storyline heading into this race. After Noah lost this same race last season to unfortunate circumstances, he felt it was his to lose. Sadly, he was correct.

It left the door open for a first-time winner in RCR development driver Myatt Snider. After a poor restart on his part, he got a second crack at it with much more success. 

I personally was very skeptical of putting Snider in this ride, I didn’t think his past experience made him worthy of a championship-contending ride. He had gotten a chance in RCR equipment last year and the year before that he’d been in a ThorSport truck and put up insignificant results. Obviously, Childress saw something I didn’t and so far this gamble is paying off for him. Snider is currently sitting second in the Xfinity standings with a lot of momentum.

Other Notes:

  • Tyler Reddick looked incredibly fast, which is why I suppose he failed post-race inspection. This gave Brandon Jones the second spot. If Reddick can reproduce that same speed without the shady car, he has a great chance today.
  • Daniel Hemric continues to hang around the top five. This year seems like the year he’ll finally get his first win in NASCAR.
  • Santino Ferucci looked fast early on, but his inexperience bit him in the end and he finished 30th.
  • Brett Moffitt needs a sponsor. He is taking that little-known team and making them a championship contender. Somebody, please call that man.

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