Straight-A NASCAR driver has his high school graduation at Texas Motor Speedway – For The Win

NASCAR truck driver Noah Gragson hit our radar earlier this week when he was dared to eat a huge glob of wasabi ? and instantly regretted it ? but his week definitely picked up after that.

The 18-year-old received his high school diploma at Texas Motor Speedway before the Camping World Truck Series 400 on Friday, where he won his first pole for the race. Graduation ceremonies at race tracks are a relatively recent NASCAR tradition for young drivers, including now-Cup Series driver Erik Jones and current XFINITY Series driver Cole Custer.

Gragson wore his fire suit and shoes under his cap and gown as he received his diploma from Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gragson had a traditional high school experience for two years before finishing his studies online.

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One of his former teachers at (Bishop) Gorman high school), Sharon Olson, became crew chief of his online studies. She tutored him and helped him pass on the high side ? the very high side. Gragson said he aced his online finals, getting A?s from the start of the grid to the back.

After getting his diploma, Gragson finished the 400 in seventh place.

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