NASCAR has reversed its decision and reinstated Noah Gragson after a suspension lasting slightly more than a month. The announcement came in NASCAR’s weekly penalty report on Tuesday. According to a spokesperson, Gragson completed diversity and inclusion training with RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), an alliance that promotes diversity and equality through sports across major leagues. The suspension was initially imposed by Legacy Motor Club and later extended indefinitely by NASCAR on August 5 due to Gragson liking a racially insensitive social media post. On August 10, Gragson requested a release from his contract with Legacy MC to focus on the reinstatement process. RISE recommended that Gragson be reinstated after completing the required training. This restored his member privileges and provided an opportunity for him to resume racing activities.
Expressing his gratitude, Gragson released a statement thanking NASCAR for reinstating him. He also acknowledged the past few weeks as a period of personal growth and self-reflection, stating that he believes he has become a better person through this process. Gragson credited his family and the NASCAR industry for their support during this time. With a renewed focus and commitment, he expressed eagerness to represent his future team in the best way possible. Gragson is determined to give his all, both on and off the track, stating that he’s looking forward to making the most of this second chance.