Gragson, 25, has been suspended by the team and will not be racing this weekend. The 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship runner-up is a rookie in the Cup Series this year, and currently sits 33rd in points and second in the rookie ranks.
Xfinity Series regular Josh Berry will drive the #42 car this weekend at Michigan. Berry has made several starts this year, filling in for Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman at Hendrick Motorsports while they were both out injured. He will be a full-time Cup driver next year, taking over the #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford after Kevin Harvick retires.
Legacy Motor Club, co-owned by Jimmie Johnson and Maury Gallagher, released the following statement, but did not indicate the specific reason for the suspension: “We have made the decision to suspend Noah Gragson effective immediately regarding his actions that do not represent the values of our team. Josh Berry will drive the #42 entry for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan.”
NASCAR has not taken any disciplinary action against Gragson at this time.
Noah Gragson, LEGACY MOTOR CLUB, Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet Camaro and Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Mavis Tires & Brakes Toyota Camry
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Gragson has since released the following statement on social media, apologising for his actions: “I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media.
“I understand the severity of this situation. I love and appreciate everyone. I try to treat everyone equally no matter who they are. I messed up plain and simple.”
Gragson recently liked an Instagram post, which appeared to make fun of the 2020 murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
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