REVEALED: The Roaring Message from Noah Gragson’s Crew Chief That Powered Him to Martinsville Victory

Published 10/31/2021, 9:34 AM EDT
NEWTON, IOWA – JUNE 16: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Switch Chevrolet, watches qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series 250 Presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

On Sunday at Martinsville, Noah Gragson did what he needed to do to keep his Last 4 hopes alive; win the race. But this wouldn’t have been possible without key advice from his crew chief, Dave Elenz.


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In a tweet posted by Jeff Gluck of The Athletic, he revealed Elenz’s reply to Gragson’s question about the strategy.


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With his victory on Saturday, Gragson joined Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, and Daniel Hemric for the final showdown in Phoenix.

How the action unfolded for winner Noah Gragson

Heading into the race, the JR Motorsports driver could have only advanced to the final stage of the series with just one outcome, which was taking the chequered flag.

Prior to the race, Gragson himself had confidently claimed he’d win the race.

DOVER, DE – MAY 04: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Switch Chevrolet, stands by his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 4, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

As the action unfolded, the driver from Las Vegas spun the race leader Ty Gibbs on Lap 201 and took the lead.

But Daniel Hemric took the lead back from Gragson with 19 laps to go and just as Hemric thought he’d win, a caution sent the race into overtime.

At the restart, Gragson chose the outside of the front row on the restart.

This was much to everyone’s surprise, as taking the inside is usually more ideal to make a pass, but Gragson took his chief’s advice.

Going into Turn 4, side by side, the 23-year-old driver made a move on Hemric from the outside lane and reclaimed the lead of the race.

In the second overtime, Gragson held off Austin Cindric behind him and took the victory with a record margin of .064 seconds at the thrilling finish at Martinsville Speedway.

“We’re going to the Final Four, baby!”- Noah Gragson’s message

Naturally, the driver advancing to the finale in Phoenix was jubilant and emotional.

Gragson wasn’t afraid to show his emotions in a post-race interview.

“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!”


The young driver celebrated the race victory with his fans and crew after climbing the fence into the grandstand.


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He even chugged a beer given to him by a fan in the stands.

As the stage is set for the season finale, Noah Gragson would already be preparing for his first championship.


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And knowing what happened that led him to Phoenix, he will unquestionably thank his crew chief Dave Elenz and ask for more of such pieces of advice.

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.