by Brian Turrel
Noah Gragson won the 37 Kind Days 250 race at Kansas Speedway on Friday evening.
Myatt Snider tried to insert some late drama into a race that needed it, staying on the track when most other drivers pitted, hoping for a miracle, or at least a late caution flag.
Snider’s fuel-starved Ford sputtered and slowed with five laps remaining, putting Noah Gragson back in front, where he had been for nearly the entire race.
Last year’s winner Kyle Busch also tried some late pit strategy, taking only two tires on his last stop and gaining a momentary advantage. Gragson took four tires and quickly reeled in and passed Busch, his boss on the Kyle Busch Motorsports team.
Gragson started from the pole, won the race’s two intermediate stages, and was well in front when the checkered flag came down on his victory.
Kansas City, Kan. native Jennifer Jo Cobb placed 22nd.
The 37 Kind Days 250, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Kansas Speedway at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas.
Noah Gragson, driving a Toyota, placed first in qualifying today for the truck race at the Kansas Speedway. In second was Cody Coughlin, driving a Chevrolet, with third place in qualifying to Matt Crafton, driving a Ford.
In fourth place qualifying was Grant Enfinger, in a Ford, followed by Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, Toyota. Kansas City, Kansas, native Jennifer Jo Cobb, driving a Chevrolet, was 29th in qualifying.
The first practice for the truck race this morning was canceled because of rain.
Drivers will face windy and warm conditions tonight. The temperature at 5 p.m. in Kansas City, Kansas, was 84 degrees with a southwest wind of 17 gusting to 24 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service does not predict any rain here tonight.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race tonight will be broadcast on FS1 channel, for those who cannot be at the track.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 race will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Kansas Speedway. Those who are interested in purchasing tickets may visit www.kansasspeedway.com.