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Video: Noah Gragson Crashes in NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice at Portland

 

Noah Gragson had a significant crash in the sole practice for Saturday’s inaugural contest at Portland. Screenshot taken from Instagram video.

UPDATE (Friday, June 3 at 5:00 pm ET): On Friday, a video of Noah Gragson’s practice crash from Portland International Raceway surfaced, after someone in the stands posted the self-taken video to Instagram (@pitbull_294):


ORIGINAL STORY:

It was a rough start to the race weekend for Noah Gragson, the driver with the most top-five finishes, Stage Wins, and laps led during the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

In a moist opening to practice at the 1.97-mile Portland International Raceway road course, Gragson found trouble, which led to massive damage to the front end of his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.

Ethan Smith (Twitter @EthanHSmith_) captured a photo of Gragson heading back into the garage:

Bryan Nolen of Fronstretch.com also captured a photo of Gragson’s wounded car:

Fortunately, NASCAR confirmed that Gragson had been evaluated and released from the infield care center.

While details of what happened to Gragson are sketchy at the moment, practice was not being televised, reports on Twitter from people at the track say that Gragson went off course during the accident.

It looks like the No. 9 team will more than likely need to roll a backup car out for Saturday’s race.

Gragson had turned the sixth-best lap of the session prior to the incident.

Noah Gragson had a significant crash in the sole practice for Saturday’s inaugural contest at Portland. Screenshot taken from Instagram video.
Toby Christie
Toby Christiehttps://tobychristie.com
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of TobyChristie.com. Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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