NASCAR penalizes Gragson for crash

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(AP) -- NASCAR on Wednesday penalized Noah Gragson for a deliberate and dangerous crash he caused in the Xfinity Series race at Road America.

Gragson, who turns 24 later this month, was docked 30 points and fined $35,000 by NASCAR for intentionally crashing into Sage Karam on Saturday at the road course in Wisconsin. NASCAR cited a rule against "intentionally wrecking another vehicle" and "actions by a NASCAR Member that NASCAR finds to be detrimental to stock car racing or NASCAR."

Gragson's swerve into Karam triggered a frightening multicar crash that was so egregious, Gragson was criticized publicly by Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of the penalty announcement. The NASCAR Hall of Famer and co-owner of the JR Motorsports team Gragson has represented since 2019 was surprised NASCAR didn't immediately penalize his driver.

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Xfinity Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 A.Allmendinger 634 2
2 T.Gibbs 625 4
3 J.Allgaier 600 2
4 N.Gragson 565 2
5 J.Berry 560 2
6 B.Jones 495 1
7 S.Mayer 487 0
8 A.Hill 485 1
9 R.Herbst 454 0
10 D.Hemric 417 0
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