With taking the checkered flag his only option to make the Championship 4, Gragson grabbed the lead just ahead of the final caution and survived an overtime challenge from Austin Cindric to win the Dead On Tools 250.
“I want to cry right now,” Gragson said after the race. “It’s been a rough season, we got a couple wins there at Darlington and Richmond but it wasn’t looking good last weekend. I told my guys that we got an opportunity and we’re still in it. I’m so thankful.”
“I love my mom, my dad, my sister, my whole family,” Gragson said as he fought back tears. “I’m getting a little choked up right now, and I know I’m going on and on, but this is Martinsville, baby! We’re going to the final four!”
Gragson will be joined by Cindric, A.J. Allmendinger and Daniel Hemric in racing for the title next week in Phoenix.
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