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August 5, 2023

Noah Gragson suspended by Legacy Motor Club, NASCAR; Josh Berry to fill in at Michigan

Noah Gragson drives the No. 42 Chevrolet for Legacy Motor Club
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Legacy Motor Club announced Saturday that it suspended NASCAR Cup Series driver Noah Gragson for “actions that do not represent the values of our team.” NASCAR officials announced later Saturday that Gragson was indefinitely suspended for violating the member conduct section of the NASCAR Rule Book.

The organization said in a statement that Xfinity Series regular Josh Berry would substitute in the No. 42 Legacy MC Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

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Gragson’s infraction falls under Section 4.4.D. of the NASCAR Rule Book, which concerns member conduct. NASCAR officials released a statement Saturday afternoon that reads: “NASCAR fully supports Legacy Motor Club’s decision to suspend Noah Gragson. Following his actions on social media, NASCAR has determined that Gragson has violated the Member Conduct section of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book and has placed him under indefinite suspension.”

Gragson, 25, is in his first full season in the Cup Series. He ranks 33rd in the series standings, and he missed a race earlier this year because of concussion-like symptoms.

Gragson issued a statement on social media shortly after Legacy Motor Club made its announcement.

Berry made his ninth Cup Series start this season in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (set to resume on Monday at noon ET on USA, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM). Berry, who will join Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 team in the Cup Series next year, has filled in for Hendrick Motorsports in eight races this year — five in the No. 9 Chevrolet for Chase Elliott, and three in the No. 48 Chevy for Alex Bowman.

“Just trying to get reacclimated to the Next Gen,” Berry told NBC Sports after his Cup Series qualifying lap Saturday. “I mean, I found out like, it feels like an hour ago that I was even doing this, so the biggest goal is to keep the car in one piece. I know Luke (Lambert, No. 42 crew chief) and a lot of these guys really well, so after our Xfinity race tonight, we’ll talk some more and then just tomorrow, just try to run all the laps and learn all we can for next year and get the best finish we can.”