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Noah Gragson will not compete in Saturday’s (July 28) Gander Outdoors 150 from Pocono Raceway.
Gragson has been battling a stomach bug all weekend long, which ultimately resulted in him failing to turn a lap during the morning qualifying session. The championship contender will receive a medical waiver per NASCAR.
“Noah Gragson has been treated and not cleared to return to racing action at this time,” stated a representative from NASCAR. “NASCAR has granted him a playoff waiver so he will be able to contend for a championship. Any news on a replacement driver will come from Kyle Busch Motorsports.”
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 28, 2018
Unable to race today in Pocono due to Doctor not clearing me to race. If it were up to me, I’d be in my @safelite Tundra. I tried everything in my power to race. Thanks to everyone who supports me in my career. I feel like I’ve let everyone down. But respect NASCARs decision.
— Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) July 28, 2018
The replacement driver as of this writing as yet to be determined, but speculation is that it will be a former Kyle Busch Motorsports driver.
UPDATE: Erik Jones will run the No. 18 Toyota in Gragson’s place.
The green flag will wave shortly after 1 p.m. ET. Kyle Busch will start from pole and KBM has won the past three races at the Tricky Triangle.