Noah Gragson DQ'd from Xfinity race, loses $100,000 bonus
The No. 9 Chevrolet of JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson was disqualified from Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race costing he and his team the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
Gragson finished fourth in Saturday’s race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway but was the highest finishing driver among the four eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus. Gragson had won the previous two bonuses, collecting $200,000.
With the disqualification, Gragson receives last-place points, must forfeit the bonus and bonus is awarded to the second-highest finishing eligible driver at Darlington, which was A.J. Allmendinger.
On Monday morning, a representative from JR Motorsports told Motorsport.com that the organization would appeal the penalty.
NASCAR officials confirmed that they had received an appeal notice from JRM and have tentatively scheduled the appeals hearing for Wednesday. All post-race disqualification appeals are held on an expedited basis.
In addition, a favorable outcome for Gragson would allow him to keep the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus from Darlington and retain his eligibility for the award again this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
According to NASCAR, Gragson’s car was disqualified for violating the 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.”
With Gragson’s disqualification, the new drivers eligible for the final $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus next weekend at Dover, Del., are Allmendinger, Saturday’s race winner Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry and Brandon Jones.
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