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Noah Gragson joins JR Motorsports in multi-year deal

Camping World Truck World oF Westgate 200 - Qualifying

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 14: Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, poses for photos after winning the pole position during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck World oF Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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Noah Gragson will succeed Elliott Sadler in JR Motorsports’ No. 1 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series next year, the team announced Tuesday.

The 20-year-old driver joins the team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a multi-year deal.

Gragson is competing full-time in the Camping World Truck Series this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Gragson has two wins in 42 Truck starts and is part of this season’s playoffs.

Gragson is the latest Toyota driver to make the switch to JRM and Chevrolet. William Byron competed for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2016 before joining JRM in 2017 and winning the Xfinity championship. He now drives Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 Chevrolet in the Cup Series.

Gragson made three Xfinity starts this season for Joe Gibbs Racing. His best finish was second at Richmond.
“Having the opportunity to drive for JRM and the No. 1 team next year is a dream come true,” Gragson said in a press release. “I’d like to personally thank Dale Jr., Kelley, Chevrolet and everyone at JRM for allowing me to compete for a championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. I’d also like to thank my sponsors, my management team and my family, because none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for their support along the way.

“It will be an honor to follow in Elliott Sadler’s footsteps and I’m thrilled to be joining such a successful race team. Elliott and Dale Jr. have done so much for the sport over the years and I hope I can do my part to help take it to the next level. Overall, I’m excited, humbled and extremely appreciative for everyone helping this dream come to fruition.”

Details on Gragson’s sponsorship and crew will be announced at a later date.

“Noah’s proven himself quite a competitor over the last two seasons in the Truck Series,” said JRM General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller in a press release. “He’s also impressed during a handful of races in the Xfinity Series and a lot of folks have taken notice. He brings the talent, energy and enthusiasm we’re looking for, and we’re glad to have him on board. With Noah’s addition, JRM has struck a healthy balance of youth and experience as we plan for the team’s future.”