Noah Gragson is suspended by NASCAR and Legacy Motor Club for liking an insensitive social media post

Noah Gragson was replaced by Josh Berry for the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway after Legacy Motor Club indefinitely suspended him for a social media post.

Less than an hour before practice on Saturday at Michigan, Legacy Motor Club made the change public.

“We have made the decision to suspend Noah Gragson effective immediately regarding his actions that do not represent the values of our team, Josh Berry will drive the No. 42 entry for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan ” the team said in a statement.

The reason for Gragson’s suspension, according to NASCAR, is a social media meme that made fun of George Floyd’s passing earlier this year. It was recently discovered that Gragson liked the post.

Section 4.4.D of the NASCAR Rule Book, which deals with member conduct, applies to Gragson’s infraction. Saturday afternoon, representatives of NASCAR issued the following statement: “NASCAR fully supports Legacy Motor Club’s decision to suspend Noah Gragson. Following his actions on social media, Gragson has been suspended indefinitely after NASCAR found that he violated the Member Conduct section of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book.

Noah Gragson, a rookie who has had a difficult season and is currently ranked 33rd in the standings with no top-10 finishes, expressed regret for his behavior.

Noah Gragson wrote on Twitter, “I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media. I understand the severity of this situation. I love and appreciate everyone. I try to treat everyone equally no matter who they are. I messed up plain and simple.”

Josh Berry will be in the No. 42 Chevrolet in Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway to replace Gragson.

Josh Berry will compete in the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, which will be his ninth Cup Series start of the year. Berry has stepped in for Hendrick Motorsports in eight races this season, five in the No. 9 Chevrolet for Chase Elliott and three in the No. 48 Chevy for Alex Bowman. Berry will join Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 team in the Cup Series next year.

Additionally, Chevrolet released a statement, saying, “We support the decision of NASCAR and Legacy Motor Club to suspend Noah Gragson. Noah’s actions do not align with our beliefs and brand values. We will work with Legacy Motor Club on next steps.”