Elated Over Noah Gragson’s Redemption, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Sister Comes in Support of Tony Stewart’s Latest Recruit

Published 12/14/2023, 7:25 PM EST

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Ever since he raced Bandoleros at the Bullring in Las Vegas as a 13-year-old, Noah Gragson has always been in it to win it. 12 years later, Gragson graduated to briefly join the elite circuit. He raced through 22 races but slipped towards mediocrity as he averaged a 28.2 finish. So, when his already wavering rookie season with LMC came to a halt after NASCAR ousted him for his inappropriate social media activity, Gragson’s future appeared bleak for the longest time. 

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2024 spells nothing but good fortune. Gragson has officially revived his career by signing up with Stewart-Haas Racing’s #10 team in the Cup Series on Wednesday. Now that he has proved himself through his off-track reparations, the budding racer turns his attention toward a new start, and he has plenty of well-wishers to nudge him forward!

Kelley Earnhardt Miller congratulates Noah Gragson on new beginnings

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Amongst those who congratulated Noah Gragson on scoring a ride back in the Cup Series were his current boss Tony Stewart and his former one at JR Motorsports, Kelley Earnhardt Miller. The legendary crew chief  of the #4 team, Rodney Childers, also chimed in to celebrate Gragson’s new venture and shared, “Excited to have @NoahGragson join us @StewartHaasRcng..There is a lot of excitement going on at our place!!”.

The #10 driver’s new teammate, Josh Berry, also raised a toast. But perhaps the one that stood out the most was from Kelley Earnhardt. Wishing her former driver the best of luck for his future, she took to Twitter to share, “Proud of you @NoahGragson. You are a better person for all that happened, and I loved seeing your confidence and happiness today! Go get ’em kiddo!”

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And it wasn’t just his former boss who chimed in to share how bright the future was going to be for Gragson. Tony Stewart also shared in a statement, “Noah deserves to be in the NASCAR Cup Series and we’re very happy to have him as the driver of our #10 Ford Mustang. Noah has performed at every level where he’s competed and has regularly been in championship contention. That’s the kind of driver we need at Stewart-Haas and that’s why Noah is a part of our team.”

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Although things were unfolding for the worse throughout the year for Noah Gragson, it is likely that he turns things around rather quickly in SHR equipment. And Noah Gragson is leaving no stone unturned to prove himself as one of the sport’s rising stars.

The youngster is ready to pounce in 2024

Noah Gragson talked about his expectations, now that he has secured a ride with SHR. He stated his intentions have always been to win, and he has been working towards the goal of achieving victory in the Cup Series ever since he started racing Bandoleros as a 12-year-old at the Bullring in Las Vegas. He shared in a press release, “To be with an established team with a history of winning is what every driver wants. I’ve got exactly that here at Stewart-Haas and I aim to make the most of it.”

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The #10 driver also shared that he would be wasting no time in getting up to speed with the new team’s inner workings, utilizing the offseason to prepare instead of relax. He concluded, “Stewart-Haas is filled with racers and I saw that and felt it as soon as I walked onto the shop floor. There are high expectations here and a strong desire to compete and win races. I have high expectations for myself and I want to deliver for Tony and Gene and everyone at Stewart-Haas.”

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With Noah Gragson putting it all on the line to showcase some breathtaking racing in 2024, will Stewart-Haas Racing’s gamble pay off?

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Kabir Bajaj Ahmed

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My journey into the world of motorsports began when I watched the Top Gear Ayrton Senna tribute as a child. I later materialized my passion for motorsport through karting on the side. By the time I completed my undergrad in Journalism, I had extensive karting experience, with a few podium finishes to my name.
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