Noah Gragson will drive the No. 42 for Petty GMS Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023, Petty GMS announced Aug. 10.
Gragson will be a teammate to Erik Jones, who will return in 2023 in the No. 43.
“To be able to finally announce my plans for next season and officially say I will be competing full time in the NASCAR Cup Series is a dream come true,” Gragson said in a team release. “This is what we all dream of when we start racing at a young age, to be able to compete at the top level with the best in the world.
“I’m excited to join Petty GMS and drive a car that has so much history in our sport, the No. 42.”
“Noah has shown tremendous talent throughout his career,” Petty GMS co-owner Maury Gallagher added. “I’ve watched Noah from a young age competing on the West Coast to now competing at NASCAR’s top level and he’s shown the commitment, desire and ability to win at every level. As we move in to our second year of competition in the Cup Series, Noah is a great fit for our organization and I think with Erik and his experience, the two will prove to be contenders each week.”
Gragson currently sits fourth in NASCAR Xfinity Series points with three wins, 11 top fives and 15 top 10s, driving for JR Motorsports.
Said co-owner Richard Petty: “We’re excited to have Noah join the Petty GMS family and climb in the No. 42 next season. Noah’s proven he can win in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck and Xfinity series and compete for championships, and we know he will bring that same fire with him to Petty GMS next season.”
In 123 Xfinity starts, Gragson has eight wins, 52 top fives and 85 top 10s, dating to 2018. He also boasts two wins, 12 top fives and 30 top 10s in 47 Truck starts between 2016 and 2018.
Gragson made his Cup debut earlier this year for Beard Motorsports and has also made multiple starts for Kaulig Racing. In nine appearances, his best finish is 18th, coming at Kansas Speedway.
A replacement for Gragson at JRM has not yet been announced. The team announced Sam Mayer will return to the organization in the Xfinity Series for 2023 earlier this week.
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