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June 8, 2023

Grant Enfinger to fill in for Noah Gragson at Sonoma Raceway

NASCAR Cup Series rookie Noah Gragson will not compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, Legacy Motor Club announced Thursday.

Gragson, the driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet, began experiencing concussion-like symptoms earlier this week, according to the team. Gragson was involved in a crash on Lap 197 of last weekend’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway. He was evaluated and released from the infield care center.

“Noah’s health is the highest of priorities and we commend him for making the decision to sit out this weekend,” said team co-owners Maury Gallagher and Jimmie Johnson. “We are appreciative that Grant was available and willing to step in since the Truck Series is off this weekend.”

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In 15 starts this season, Gragson earned a best finish of 12th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He piloted the No. 42 Chevrolet to a 20th-place result at Circuit of The Americas in March, the Cup Series’ only other visit to a road course this season. The Las Vegas native is 32nd in points.

Enfinger is the 2015 ARCA Menards Series champion and this will be the 38-year-old’s first career start in the NASCAR Cup Series. He is a nine-time winner in the NASCAR Truck Series and has won twice already this season, most recently winning last weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway.

“My thoughts are with Noah, I know how much he loves this team and the guys on it,” said Enfinger. “I’m happy to help out Legacy Motor Club and the No. 42 team.”