Freddie Kraft Suspects Noah Gragson May Regret Petty GMS Deal Because of Michael Jordan’s NASCAR Team’s Recruit Tyler Reddick

Published 07/20/2022, 1:55 PM EDT
NEWTON, IOWA – JUNE 16: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Switch Chevrolet, watches qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 Presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Noah Gragson is one of the star drivers of the Xfinity Series. However, his time in the junior series has come to an end, as Ty Dillon’s exit from Petty GMS left the #42 seat open. And the JR Motorsports driver is the top choice. It’s great news for Petty GMS, and the driver. As the Petty GMS gets a fast driver, the fast driver gets a Cup Series ride. But there’s one small caveat.

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Freddie Kraft highlights the reason Noah Gragson might regret the move.

DOVER, DE – MAY 04: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Switch Chevrolet, stands by his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 4, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Freddie Kraft came on an episode of Door, Bumper, Clear! Where he talks about the matter.

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“We had heard last week that Noah was going in the #42 car. And did not expect the news to drop this quickly.”

Kraft added, “Ty’s struggled this year. You see speed out of the #43 car, you don’t see it out of the #42. I think he’s got one top-10 versus Erik’s six top-10s. So they’re just trying to get somebody else in there who they think will be competitive. And, let’s face it, Noah brings some money to the table.”

Kraft then talked about why he would regret it. He said, “If he signed this deal 2 weeks ago, and all of a sudden the #8 car opens up, are you going home?”

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Naturally, Noah Gragson, being a top-tier driver in the Xfinity series, would regret that the #8 seat of Tyler Reddick isn’t open till 2023. Especially since that’s a more competitive car, compared to the #42.

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Gragson and Daniel Hemric had a bit of a tassel at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. And Hemric spun the #9 out, causing more tension in the race, so Noah paid him back by brushing against the #11.

JR Motorsports Co-Owner, and Hall-of-Famer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., spoke about the issue, defending Gragson, but also acknowledging that he was wrong.

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I was hoping that nothing happened additional after that little deal,” Earnhardt told reporters.

“It’s hard to hold back your frustration and anger, but Noah can’t afford to go make contact with the ‘11’ after getting spun. He’s sort of in the penalty box right now, right? He can’t afford to go retaliate.”

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So, was Noah right? Let us know in the comments.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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