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Noah Gragson Out at Sonoma, Grant Enfinger to Drive

Noah Gragson will not race at Sonoma Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend, Legacy Motor Club announced June 8.

According to a release, Gragson has been experiencing concussion-like symptoms after a crash last weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Grant Enfinger will fill in for Gragson in the No. 42.

“Noah’s health is the highest of priorities and we commend him for making the decision to sit out this weekend,” team co-owners Maury Gallagher and Jimmie Johnson said in a joint release. “We are appreciative that Grant was available and willing to step in since the Truck Series is off this weekend.”

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Added Enfinger: “My thoughts are with Noah, I know how much he loves this team and the guys on it. I’m happy to help out Legacy Motor Club and the No. 42 team.”

In 15 starts this year amid his rookie Cup season, Gragson has a best finish of 12th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and is 32nd in points.

Enfinger will make his Cup debut with the start. He previously failed to qualify for a race in 2011.

He has two wins, five top fives and seven top 10s in the Truck Series in 2023, driving for GMS Racing. GMS is owned by Gallagher, a co-owner of Legacy.

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Can much else go wrong for Legacy this week?

JD in NC

No kidding! Looks like Jimmie doesn’t have that golden horseshoe anymore.

Bill B

Looking back at how things went at the end of JJ’s career and beyond, I think it may have been Chad that had the horseshoe up his ass all along. Jimmie just benefited from it.


He seemed jinxed his last full season in Cup. Missed one race when he tested positive for COVID. Was DQ’d from the Coke 600 for failing post-race inspection after finishing second. He missed the playoffs by 6 points.

JD in NC

Yeah, you’re probably right about the keeper of the horseshoe since Jimmie certainly didn’t have it at any point during his Indycar tenure whereas Chad and HMS are doing just fine.

Last edited 1 year ago by JD in NC

Brian stopped looking after JJ when he got to 7 titles. He knew he couldn’t gift him his eighth for 2 obvious reasons.


I was always a Jimmie fan, but I knew it was the car that was a perfect fit for him. Chad was a huge bonus. Jimmie could only have success in one type of car. Larson can win in anything. So could Kyle Busch.

WJW Motorsports

Hope Noah sues them for risking his life with their crappy car and defective parts. The discovery would be fun to see..

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