Noah Gragson, a NASCAR driver, is back in action, following a four-week ban for endorsing an inappropriate online message.
Earlier, Gragson, who drove in the Cup Series for Legacy Motor Club, faced suspension from both his team and NASCAR. The reason was his approval of an online post that made light of George Floyd’s death. This triggered public anger and swift punitive measures.
Gragson completed NASCAR’s Inclusion Sensitivity Course, along with other educational sessions. NASCAR assessed his advancements and gave him the green light to get back behind the wheel.
Gragson Expresses Gratitude for Second Chance After Parting Ways with Former Team
After his reinstatement, Gragson showed thankfulness for the chance to learn and make amends. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to better myself in all aspects,” he stated. “Going forward, I aim to foster inclusion and serve as a good example.”
Following his suspension, Gragson severed ties with his initial Cup Series team, Legacy Motor Club. Since then, multiple drivers have operated the No. 42 Chevrolet. Next season, Legacy M.C. will change from Chevrolet to Toyota, naming John-Hunter Nemechek as the regular driver.
Acknowledging his missteps, Gragson owns up to his behavior. His readmission shows that he’s convinced NASCAR authorities of his genuine resolve to capitalize on this new beginning.
The 23-year-old is now eager to rebuild his once-rising race career. Before competing in the Cup Series, his record in Xfinity and Truck Series was notable:
- 13 victories and second place in the Xfinity Series championship;
- 2 victories and second place in the Truck Series championship.
With a strong track record in NASCAR’s lower divisions, Gragson is keen to transfer that prowess to the premier Cup Series, following his recent reinstatement.
NASCAR Also Disciplines Other Teams for Various Violations
Recently, Sheldon Creed’s Xfinity Series crew chief got a one-race suspension and a $10,000 fine. The reason was a loose lug nut in the last Darlington race.
Other Xfinity and Truck Series crew chiefs faced fines for similar lug nut issues. Some teams and drivers lost points in championships due to various rule breaches in recent weeks.
NASCAR keeps a tight grip on rule adherence to maintain fair competition. As Gragson works on reviving his career, others also deal with penalties for varying levels of infractions.
Gragson’s case serves as a blueprint for NASCAR’s disciplinary and recovery mechanisms. Upon his return, Gragson will likely be under close watch to ensure he maintains good behavior both inside and outside the racing arena.
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