Noah Gragson disqualified after Darlington Raceway

The JR Motorsports No. 9 machine has failed post-race tech inspection at Darlington Raceway

Update: JR Motorsports wins appeal of NASCAR penalty

On Saturday afternoon, Darlington Raceway hosted the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The 1.366-mile track also offered bonus money for four drivers in the field on top of the regular purse money.

Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric entered Darlington as the Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers. The highest finisher of those four would be awarded $100,000, regardless of a win.

Gragson had already won the Cash bonus at two races prior this season. Both times, he gave his portion of the bonus money to his crew members.

Gragson finished 4th in Saturday’s race. He appeared to have claimed his third $100,000 bonus, in a row.

Related: Noah Gragson details unique plans for the $100,000 bonus

However, cars are inspected after each race. The JR Motorsports No. 9 machine failed post-race tech inspection.

The team violated rule 20.14.c.

20.14.c: “All suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension and/or drivetrain component beyond normal rotation or suspension and/or drivetrain travel.”

Typically, the race winner is sent in for inspection. In this case, Gragson was also included as the winner of the Dash 4 Cash is also sent pulled for inspection.

Instead, 12th place finisher AJ Allmendinger has been handed the $100,000 bonus.

Additionally, by finishing 4th, Gragson would have qualified himself to be eligible for the Dash 4 Cash race next weekend at Dover International Speedway. Instead, AJ Allmendinger joins Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry and Brandon Jones.

Related: Darlington Race Results – May 8, 2021 (NASCAR Xfinity Series)


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