Noah Gragson Returns to JR Motorsports in 2021, Co-Owner Hints at Possible Future Role in Cup Series

August 28, 2020 4:42 pm

NASCAR rookie Noah Gragson is in the midst of his most successful season in NASCAR. In just his second full-time Xfinity Series season at JR Motorsports, Gragson has two wins and is third in the league standings with the playoffs on the horizon. Now, Gragson is set to return to JR Motorsports in the No. 9 car for the 2021 season, the team announced on Thursday.

The news was confirmed by the team through a video on Twitter. The video featured Noah Gragson and team co-owner Kelley Earnhardt Miller in a conversation.

Gragson’s ‘Twitter fun’ before the announcement

Gragson got social media talking and everyone speculating about his NASCAR future, after a series of cryptic posts on Wednesday night. On Instagram, he said that he used an important pen to sign a few papers. He then asked fans to discuss what he means, with many speculating a move to the Cup Series for the youngster.

But Noah Gragson laid to rest all those discussions with the JR Motorsports announcement. The video saw Miller tease Gragson about those posts as well, asking him about his ‘signed papers’. He replied to her saying, “I was just trying to have some fun, on Twitter.”

Hint at future Cup Series role for Noah Gragson

The co-owner also hinted at a future Cup Series role for the 22-year-old. “We’ll have you buttoned right up when you’re ready to go Cup racing one day, right,” Miller said. “That’s the goal,” Gragson replied.

She also requested a birthday present from Gragson with a win during the race this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. “We love what you’re doing here, your team is awesome. Your relationship with Dave. To have all that back together is really good,” Miller added.

With his plans for next season now guaranteed, Noah Gragson will have his sight set on the Xfinity Series playoffs. Gragson’s two race wins this season came at the Daytona International Speedway in the season opener and at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Gragson will hope to repeat his heroics at Daytona for the final race of the regular season this weekend. He has four straight top-10 finishes, with two top-five finishes among them.

Aayush Majumdar

Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily. He is an avid tennis and NASCAR follower even when he is not writing about these sports, and looks up to the likes of Rafael Nadal and Jimmie Johnson.

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