NASCAR Fans React To News Of Driver Noah Gragson’s Return From Suspension After Racist Incident

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Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Noah Gragson will return to a car this weekend after the governing lifted his suspension following a racially insensitive incident.

NASCAR suspended Gragson on Aug. 5 after he was found to have liked an Instagram post mocking the death of George Floyd.

Gragson’s team, Legacy Motor Club, let go of the rookie driver just days later.

“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,” Gragson said in a Twitter apology.”

Legacy Motor Club cycled through several replacement drivers in the interim and recently announced that John Hunter Nemecheck, the son of former NASCAR Busch Series champion Joe Nemecheck, will fill the seat full-time in 2024.

But that doesn’t mean it’s the end for the 25-year-old Gragson.

NASCAR reinstated him on Tuesday afternoon and he’s set to race in an American Speed Association race on Saturday.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to NASCAR for reinstating me,” Gragson said in a statement. “Over the past several weeks, I have dedicated myself to personal growth and reflection, and I believe I have become a better person because of it…I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and the NASCAR industry.”

Fans were split regarding the news.

Gragson is still without a ride for the 2024 season. But fans threw out a number of theories. Some believe he’ll drive for Kaulig Motorsports in the Cup Series. While others feel a return to the Xfinity Series with Dale Earnhardt Jr.s JR Motorsports team could be in order.

Either way, it’s very likely you see Gragson in one of NASCAR’s national series’ in 2024.