Gragson, JR Motorsports win appeal, $100,000 bonus restored
Noah Gragson and JR Motorsports won their appeal of a NASCAR penalty, restoring the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus Gragson won at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
In the expedited appeal heard on Wednesday, Final Appeal Officer Roger Werner ruled Gragson’s No. 9 team did not violate the rule set forth in the penalty notice and the original penalty was rescinded.
Gragson had been disqualified in last Saturday’s Xfinity Series race for failing post-race inspection.
At the time, NASCAR said Gragson’s No. 9 Chevrolet violated the following rule, “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.”
Gragson had finished fourth in the race and was the highest finishing driver eligible for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus, winning the bonus for the third consecutive race.
With the elimination of the penalty, Gragson’s original points scored in the Darlington race are restored and he will remain eligible to win the final $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus, which will be awarded this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
The other drivers eligible for the award this weekend are Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry and Brandon Jones. Whoever finishes highest among the four drivers on Saturday wins the bonus.
Under NASCAR’s race disqualification appeals process, no further appeals are available and Wednesday’s decision is final.
Statement from Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports:
“Everyone at JR Motorsports strives to bring four fast and competitive racecars to the track each and every week and we are happy to see that the ruling was overturned,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “The No. 9 team put together a racecar that allowed Noah to win his third Dash 4 Cash prize and compete for the sweep this weekend at Dover International Speedway.”
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