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Noah Gragson Out with a Concussion, Enfinger to Fill In

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Noah Gragson will miss this weekend's race at Sonoma, with Grant Enfinger taking his place .

What’s Happening?

In another hit for Legacy Motor Club, Noah Gragson will miss this weekend’s Cup Series race at Sonoma with a concussion, with Grant Enfinger driving in Gragson’s place according to a Legacy Motor Club press release.

Gragson was involved in an accident late in the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway, and Legacy Motor Club reports that Gragson started feeling concussion-like symptoms mid-week.

  • Gragson is not the first driver to suffer a concussion in the Next-Gen car. Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman both suffered concussions in hard crashes at high-speed race tracks last season. Safety issues with the Next-Gen car have been a hot topic since last year’s driver injuries.
  • Enfinger won last weekend’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Gateway. He has never started a Cup Series race before. However, he did attempt to qualify for the 2011 Ford 400 at Homestead. He was slated to run a part-time Cup Series schedule in 2012, but he was released from his contract before the season even started.
  • Fans on social media are upset for Gragson, and some continue to express concern for the next-gen car.

In the Stands

A difficult road for a guy like Jordan H.

Did they ever really leave?

Nicole Ison is not happy with the Next-Gen car.

Romand was not surprised by the injury.

Sam Madson does not like the Next-Gen car.

There have been way too many.

RowdyBuschFan would rather have Carson Hocevar in the 42 car.

He was a surprise to me as well.

RJMAnalytics says that this is a concussion in any car.

On Your Screen

Heartbreaking indeed.

It just keeps getting worse as Darian says.

You really do hate to see it.

From the Pressbox

Hopefully the last for certain.

No it is not Daniel.

The hits just keep coming for Legacy Motor Club. Some have been self-inflicted, but this adds injury to insult. Hopefully Gragson can recover fully.

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