19-year-old Nogradi fights way to first LM victory at Kingsport
Jul 13, 2011 at 3:26 AM
KINGSPORT — Much of the attention at Kingsport Speedway this season has centered on the three drivers battling atop the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model points standings. But for the second week in a row, a first-time winner landed in Victory Lane on Friday night. On the third attempt at a greenwhite-checkered finish, Paul Nogradi Jr. got around Brad Housewright to score his first-ever Late Model victory in the Model City. The 19-year-old driver from Clinton, Tenn., kept getting closer to the front as the cars in front of him fell by the wayside during a slew of late-race cautions. After Housewright had a tire go down on the final restart, Nogradi made his move and never looked back. Brian Rose finished second and points leader Nate Monteith third. Lee Tissot and Dakota Slagle rounded out the top five. Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition of the Kingsport Times-News or its enhanced electronic edition.