Noah Gragson Sitting Out at Sonoma Due to Concussion-Like Symptoms; Grant Enfinger Driving No. 42
Gragson, 24, will sit from Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma due to concussion-like symptoms. Grant Enfinger will pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet in the Toyota / Save Mart 350.
Noah Gragson will not compete in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, after the LEGACY MOTOR CLUB driver began experiencing concussion-like symptoms this week.
Grant Enfinger, who competes on a full-time basis in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for sister team GMS Racing, will pilot the No. 42 Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet Camaro in Sunday's Toyota / Save Mart 350.
Last Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway, Gragson was involved in a vicious accident on Lap 197 when a brake rotor exploded on his Chevrolet Camaro, sending him into the outside wall with significant force.
Immediately following the crash, Gragson was checked and released from the infield car center, but upon returning home to North Carolina, experienced - and began getting treatment for - concussion-like symptoms.
“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.”
Enfinger, 38, is the 2015 champion of the ARCA Menards Series, and a nine-time winner in the NASCAR Truck Series, most recently in last weekend's event at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Sunday's Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway will mark the Fairhope, Alabama-native's NASCAR Cup Series debut. In 2011, Enfinger attempted to qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-finale at Homestead for Sinica Motorsports, but failed to make the field.
“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.”
Entering Sonoma, Gragson currently sits 32nd in NASCAR Cup Series point standings, the second-lowest of the full-time competitors. In the Rookie of The Year battle, Gragson sits 155 points behind leader Ty Gibbs.
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