NASCAR Cup Series driver Noah Gragson (42) races along Grant Park during the Grant Park 220 of the Chicago Street Race at Chicago Street Race. Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Legacy Motor Club announced Wednesday that John Hunter Nemechek will drive the No. 42 car in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2024.

Nemechek is permanently replacing Noah Gragson, who parted ways with the team after it was revealed that he liked a derogatory George Floyd meme on social media.

Nemechek has been a driver for Front Row Motorsports since 2019, racing a full schedule for the first time in 2020. He also appeared once in the Cup Series for 23XI Racing in 2022, replacing the suspended Bubba Wallace. He’s had three top-10 finishes in 40 races in the NASCAR Cup Series. He has seven wins in 88 races in the Xfinity Series and 13 wins in 149 races in the Truck Series.

“To be able to announce my plans for next season so early and officially say I will be competing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series relieves a lot of pressure,” Nemechek said in a news release. “There is so much to be done for next year, and this gives us the opportunity to get the news out there and move forward. Also, driving for Maury (Gallagher), Jimmie (Johnson) and Richard Petty is a dream come true for me.”

“John Hunter has been around a racetrack literally since the day he was born,” Legacy Motor Club chief executive Cal Wells III said. “I have watched him since he was a little kid – from walking around the track in a firesuit matching the one worn by his father – to becoming the talent he is today. He is a perfect fit for the Club and I expect great things out of him.”

[Legacy Motor Club]

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