Joe Graf Jr places 13th at Kentucky Speedway

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Joe Graf Jr finished 13th in the Shady Rays 200 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday after heading into the race with an average finish position of 24.5 this season.

Graf’s result added 24 points to his season total.

Graf started in 31st position. The second-year driver has never placed inside the top 10 in his career.

The Mahwah, New Jersey native began the race 12 spots behind his career mark of 19.5, but finished nine places ahead of his career average of 21.6.

Graf’s 13th-place finish came against a field of 36 drivers. The race endured nine cautions and 40 caution laps. Prior to the checkered flag there were six lead changes.

Austin Cindric took the checkered flag in the race, and Riley Herbst took second. Ross Chastain placed third, Chase Briscoe brought home fourth, and Michael Annett rounded out the top five.

Noah Gragson got off to a great start in the race, winning both of the first two stages, but couldn’t hold on to secure the race victory.

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