NASCAR Cup Series
Noah Gragson Sitting Out at Sonoma Due to Concussion-Like Symptoms; Grant Enfinger Driving No. 42
Jun 8, 2023
After being sidelined at Sonoma due to concussion-like symptoms, Noah Gragson has been cleared to return to the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway, per LEGACY MOTOR CLUB.
Gragson, who drives the No. 42 Chevrolet full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, was not medically cleared to compete in the series' last event, after a major crash in the closing stages of an event at World Wide Technology Raceway.
After a major shunt to the outside wall in the first corner, caused by an exploding brake rotor, Gragson was checked and released from the infield care center without any concerns.
However, a couple of days later, Gragson began to experience some symptoms consistent with a concussion, leaving the Las Vegas, Nevada native to get further examination from a local doctor, who deemed him unfit to race.
Grant Enfinger, a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, was tapped to replace Gragson in the No. 42 Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet Camaro, finishing 26th at the 1.99-mile road course in his NASCAR Cup Series debut.
NASCAR has granted the 24-year-old driver a post-season waiver, which would allow Gragson to qualify for the 16-driver NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, should he score a victory with LEGACY MOTOR CLUB in the next 10 weeks.
After 16 races, Gragson sits 33rd in points, with a season-high result of 12th at Atlanta, one of two top-20 finishes for the LEGACY MOTOR CLUB No. 42 this season.
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