Gragson has been indefinitely suspended following his poor choice pertaining to social media. Per an official post on social media by Legacy Motor Club, Gragson will be replaced by Josh Berry for the upcoming Cup Series race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Legacy Motor Club posted on twitter revealing the news less than 90 minutes prior to practice Saturday (August 5, 2023) in Michigan. The Tweet said, “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 No.42 entry for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan.”
— LEGACY MOTOR CLUB (@LegacyMotorclub) August 5, 2023
He is currently 33rd in the standings without a single top-10 finish. Gragson regrets his actions and apologized for his poor choice in a social media post.
“I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media,” Gragson posted on Twitter. “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.”
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. https://t.co/PCX6iMJxRF
— Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) August 5, 2023
NASCAR has confirmed the Rookie’s suspension is directly related to a meme making light of the death of George Floyd. The meme circulated on social media earlier this year, and it was recently made known that Noah Gragson liked the post.
Berry, Noah Gragson’s replacement, is a full-time competitor in the Xfinity Series where he is currently 5th driving for JR Motorsports. He served as a reserve driver for Hendrick Motorsports earlier this year, and he competed in eight Cup races earning one top-five and three top-tens standing in for Chase Elliot and Alex Bowman during their injuries.
Berry was not expected to be a reserve driver for any Chevrolet team the rest of the year due to the fact that he already signed with Stewart-Haas Racing which is a Ford team. However, Legacy is switching to Toyota following this season which allows Berry to replace Gragson since they both have “lame duck” status with Chevrolet.
Read NASCAR’s response to Legacy Motor Club’s decision below.