Jimmie Johnson Hater’s “Vomit Comet” Trashing of Noah Gragson & Carson Hocevar Has NASCAR Insiders in Splits

Published 09/09/2023, 5:43 AM EDT

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Jimmie Johnson and his Legacy Motor Club team’s search for a new driver for the upcoming season is over with John Hunter Nemechek. This search has been prompted by the decision of Noah Gragson, who will not be continuing with the #42 car due to a request to be released from his contract. Unfortunately, the current season has not been fruitful for Gragson, who finds himself in 33rd place in the standings with only one top-10 finish, which occurred at North Wilkesboro.

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It’s important to highlight Gragson’s previous successes in the Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports. Last year, he showcased his talent by winning three consecutive races at Bristol, Kansas, and Darlington. However, despite his achievements on the track, Gragson has also been known for encountering issues when crossing the victory lane, and he has received another surprising nickname as a result.

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During the “Door Bumper Clear” podcast, the hosts shifted their attention to the fan reaction section, where viewers expressed their thoughts. One fan’s reaction was directed at Noah Gragson, who has had a disappointing season with only 199 points accumulated in 21 races with Jimmie Johnson’s team.

The fan’s comment humorously compared Gragson’s performance to a “vomit comet,” alluding to his tendency to vomit on himself after winning races.

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“It ain’t the damn equipment there to Legacy MC you have the damn vomit comet Noah Gragson throwing up vomit and all. The vomit comet that’s why they call him out.”

Gragson has explained this unusual reaction in the past, attributing it to holding his breath during the final laps of races. The fan playfully dubbed him the “Vomit Comet,” and the hosts, Freddie Kraft, Brett Griffin, and TJ Majors, couldn’t help but burst into laughter at this new nickname.

Meanwhile, it seems that the reaction also targeted temporary Jimmie Johnson driver Carson Hocevar, adding an element of humor to the podcast discussion.

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Jimmie Johnson’s other driver is on the target

Jimmie Johnson and his team implemented a driver rotation strategy following Noah Gragson’s suspension. After Mike Rockefeller and Josh Berry, Jimmie Johnson handed the seat to Carson Hocevar for three playoff races. However, this announcement stirred controversy among fans due to Hocevar’s reputation for intentional wrecking, despite his strong performances in the Truck series.

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During the Darlington race, Hocevar, driving Gragson’s No. 42, faced a penalty on lap 217 for speeding on pit road. Fortunately, since it occurred under caution, he was sent to the rear of the field without losing much time. However, he finished in P17 on his debut.

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The other part of a fan’s comment on the Door Bumper Clear podcast heard, “You put Carson Hocevar, Hovevar whatever the hell his name is ran his damn gutshell finish 20th 17th I don’t know what the hell. Good job Carson.”

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As the season continued to unfold, it remained a rollercoaster ride for Jimmie Johnson and his team, with each race bringing its own set of challenges and surprises.

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Moinakhtar Akhunji

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Moinakhtar Akhunji is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. With a love for racing spanning almost a decade, he brings his passion and expertise to every article he writes. Growing up as an automobile enthusiast, he quickly developed a deep appreciation for the technical and competitive aspects of both F1 and NASCAR.
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