Noah Gragson Dash for Cash Penalty – Dale Jr Reacts, Team to File an Appeal

Published 05/11/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 01: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Switch Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Xfinty Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


It was a mixed day in the office for JR Motorsports at the Darlington Raceway. While the team recorded a 1-2 with Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry, poor old Noah Gragson got disqualified. Naturally, the team decided to appeal the penalty and try to restore his fourth-place finish. The disqualification also lost Gragson the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

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As it turned out, NASCAR declared that Gragson’s car failed post-race inspection and penalized him. Obviously, the JR Motorsports team was not going to take it lying down. According to the team, they planned to appeal the penalty later this week. As per NASCAR’s report, Gragson’s car violated Rule 20.14.c in the Xfinity Series Rule Book.

This rule pertains to suspension mounts of the car. It said, “All suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension and/or drivetrain component beyond normal rotation or suspension and/or drivetrain travel.”

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How did the race pan out for Noah Gragson and his teammates?

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Barring the crippling penalty, Gragson still enjoyed a great race for JR Motorsports. After the disqualification, AJ Allmendinger inherited the $100,000 Dash for Cash bonus. Allmendinger was fortunate to pass post-race inspection, and having finished 12th fastest, he was the next eligible driver for the bonus.

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson (9) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sportso

Obviously, team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr was not happy with the penalty. Aside from the appeal, all they can do is wait for the next race and try again. Poor old Gragson has been subjected to an up and down year, with getting into unlucky crashes and other shenanigans.

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Nevertheless, he knows that he has to move on to the next race. The next Xfinity Series race is at the Dover International Speedway. He will be hoping for a good result there, as he has finished well in the Top 10 in previous visits. Of course, he still has a way to go before he can try and challenge championship leader, Austin Cindric.

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