NASCAR driver returning after missing one race

Noah Gragson, Legacy Motor Club, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Noah Gragson, Legacy Motor Club, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Noah Gragson is set to return to NASCAR Cup Series action at Nashville Superspeedway after missing the race at Sonoma Raceway.

A few days after suffering a hard hit during the NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Legacy Motor Club rookie Noah Gragson began experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

As a result, he was ruled out of the following weekend’s race at Sonoma Raceway, with Truck Series driver Grant Enfinger filling in for him behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet. Enfinger finished the 110-lap race around the 12-turn, 1.99-mile (3.203-kilometer) Sonoma, California road course in 26th place.

But fortunately for Gragson, this race was followed by the one and only off weekend on the 2023 schedule, and he has since been approved to return to action.

After missing just one NASCAR Cup Series race, Noah Gragson is set to be back for this coming Sunday evening’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Gragson’s two Xfinity Series starts at the four-turn, 1.33-mile (2.140-kilometer) Lebanon, Tennessee oval resulted in eighth and 13th place finishes in 2021 and 2022.

The 24-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada native has not had the best start to his rookie season. He sits in 33rd place in the point standings, lowest among full-time drivers, with just two top 20 finishes, including a best finish of 12th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a 20th place finish at Circuit of the Americas. Since the end of March, he has finished no higher than 26th.

Gragson has been granted a playoff waiver, meaning that his missed start won’t count against his playoff eligibility if he manages to win a race and qualify for the postseason.

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The Ally 400 is set to take place at Nashville Superspeedway this coming Sunday, June 25. It is scheduled to be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to take advantage of FuboTV’s free trial offer today and tune in!