Sam Mayer (1) and Noah Gragson (9) work turn 5 at the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 at Road America, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

NASCAR has penalized Noah Gragson for his dangerous driving during last Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America, issuing a $35,000 fine and docking him 30 points in the drivers’ standings. They also deducted 30 points from JR Motorsports in the owner standings.

While Gragson is still in fourth place in the Xfinity Series standings, the gap between him and teammate Josh Berry is now down to five points.

Gragson was driving the inciting vehicle in a 13-car crash during the Henry 180. He was seen making retaliatory contact, along with the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, against Alpha Prime Racing’s Sage Karam. The bump ended up clogging up the track and causing a scary pile-up, in which Brandon Brown was shaken up.

While Gragson was not penalized at the time, Elton Sawyer, NASCAR’s vice president of officiating and technical inspection, said afterward that information learned after the race would likely lead to a punishment.

“We have additional information post-race that we didn’t have immediately after the race when we were speaking with Noah,” Sawyer told SiriusXM. “So again, we’ll look at it internally (Tuesday), what we’ve done in the past and in similar situations, but all things are on the table. And during the event, you know, it could rise to a level that you park a vehicle. It can rise to a level that we hold them for several laps. In this particular case, you know, we elected to speak with Noah post-race to make sure we had all the information and facts that we needed. And again, we’ll take a deeper dive into that incident (Tuesday) morning.”

Before the penalty was announced, Gragson said on Wednesday that he “made a mistake” and won’t take those kinds of actions again.

After the penalty was announced, there was a big reaction around the NASCAR world, with some feeling as though the punishment was weak while others were surprised it ended up being what it was.

Gragson is a two-time winner this season, with victories at Phoenix and Talladega.

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