Noah Gragson will now take back the $100,000 bonus after Darlington Raceway
On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series ran at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The 1.366 mile track hosted the annual throwback race.
The race doubled as a Dash 4 Cash event. The no. 9 team won the $100,000 bonus in the two previous races. He was going for his third in a row.
Noah Gragson finished 4th in the Darlington event. However, he finished highest of the four eligible drivers in the Dash 4 Cash.
Gragson was awarded the $100,000 bonus, his 3rd in a row.
After the race, the winner and Dash 4 Cash winner must pass post-race inspection. Yet, in post race technical inspection, NASCAR declared a violation.
Rule 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.”
Gragson was disqualified and regulated to a last place finish. The Dash 4 Cash money was taken away. Gragson also lost all stage points collected.
AJ Allmendinger was instead awarded the $100,000 bonus.
JR Motorsports appealed the Darlington penalty
On Monday, JR Motorsports announced they would appeal the penalty. However, it’s extreme rare for any penalty to be overturned.
On Wednesday, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard their case. They have elected to overturn the penalty!
Mr. Roger Werner served at the final appeals officer. The ruling is now final.
“Everyone at JR Motorsports strives to bring four fast and competitive racecars to the track each and every week and we are happy to see that the ruling was overturned,” Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports said in a statement.
She added, “The No. 9 team put together a racecar that allowed Noah to win his third Dash 4 Cash prize and compete for the sweep this weekend at Dover International Speedway.”