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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Legacy Motor Membership indefinitely suspended driver Noah Gragson over a social media submit, changing him with Josh Berry for the NASCAR Cup Sequence race this weekend at Michigan Worldwide Speedway.
Gragson, a rookie who has struggled this yr and is thirty third within the standings with no top-10 finishes, apologized for his actions. NASCAR confirmed Gragson’s suspension is expounded to a meme making enjoyable of the loss of life of George Floyd that circulated on social media earlier this yr, and it was not too long ago proven that Gragson had preferred the submit.
“I’m disenchanted in myself for my lack of consideration and actions on social media,” Gragson posted on Twitter. “I perceive the severity of this case. I like and recognize everybody.
“I attempt to deal with everybody equally irrespective of who they’re. I tousled plain and easy.”
Legacy Motor Membership introduced the change lower than 90 minutes earlier than apply Saturday at Michigan.
“We’ve got made the choice to droop Noah Gragson efficient instantly concerning his actions that don’t symbolize the values of our workforce,” the workforce stated in a press release.
Berry competes full time within the Xfinity Sequence, the place he sits fifth within the standings driving for JR Motorsports. Earlier this season, he served as a reserve driver for Hendrick Motorsports and competed in eight Cup races with one top-five and three top-10s filling in for Chase Elliott (5 races) and Alex Bowman (three races) throughout their accidents.
As a result of he already has signed with Stewart-Haas Racing, a Ford workforce, he was not anticipated to be a fill-in driver for any Chevrolet workforce the rest of the yr. However Legacy is switching from Chevrolet to Toyota after this season, and with their each having “lame duck” standing with Chevrolet allowed Berry to exchange Gragson.
The size of Gragson’s suspension was not introduced.
Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports activities. He has spent many years protecting motorsports, together with the previous 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting Information, NASCAR Scene journal and The (Daytona Seaside) Information-Journal. Comply with him on Twitter @bobpockrass, and join the FOX Sports activities NASCAR E-newsletter with Bob Pockrass.
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