Noah Gragson awarded penalty point and fine after Road America sinking

Noah Gragson was hit with a 30-point NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings penalty — and a $35,000 fine — after causing a multi-car crash last weekend at Road America, a announced NASCAR on July 6.

Additionally, the #9 JR Motorsports team of Gragson received a 30-point penalty to the series owners standings.

Gragson was found in violation of Sections 4.4.C&E of the NASCAR Code of Conduct.

Gragson has not publicly commented on the sanction since it was announced, but JRM’s Kelley Earnhardt Miller released a statement afterwards.

“We understand today’s penalty,” she said. “Noah is an avid race car driver, and his actions happened in the heat of the moment. Learning how and when to control his emotions is part of the learning experience.

On lap 25 of the Henry 180 at Road America, Gragson fired back at Alpha Prime Racing driver Sage Karam following earlier contact, triggering a 13-car wreck.

Gragson then finished eighth, while Karam was relegated to a 31st– place of arrival following the early sinking.

The penalty keeps Gragson fourth in the overall Xfinity Series standings, but he is now just five points clear of teammate Josh Berry.

“It’s one thing if you’re faster than somebody, but to throw it in there and knock you off the racetrack in the corner, knock you off the track,” Gragson said after the race. “Finally, after the third time, I got over it. I’m done.”

However, Gragson told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio he “made a mistake” during the race. “I’m going to try everything in my power not to make that mistake again and that’s just learning from the situation and trying to be better in the future,” he said.

His team’s owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., said earlier in the day in an interview with the network that Gragson’s actions were “overstepping the mark.”

In addition to Gragson’s penalty, NASCAR penalized AJ Allmendinger’s No. 16 Xfinity team for an unsecured lug nut, with crew chief Bruce Schlicker fined $5,000. Sean Kerlin, a mechanic for JRM, was also suspended indefinitely for a conduct violation.

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