Monday, January 30, 2023

Joe Graf Jr. Temporarily Stepping Out of SSGLR No. 07 Due to ‘Private Family Matter’, Cole Custer Driving at Pocono

Joe Graf Jr. will temporarily step out of the SSGLR No. 07 Ford Mustang, beginning this weekend at Pocono, due to a “private family matter”. Cole Custer will replace Graf at Pocono, but no timeline was given for the full-time driver’s return. PC: Joe Graf Jr | Twitter

Joe Graf Jr. – a full-time driver for SS Green Light Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series — will temporarily step out of the No. 07 Ford Mustang for a “private family matter”, according to a statement released by Graf’s management on Tuesday.

The statement reads: “SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt mainstay driver Joe Graf Jr. will temporarily step out of the No. 07 Ford Mustang for a private family matter beginning with this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway.”

Cole Custer, who competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing, will compete in Saturday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 at Pocono Raceway in place of Graf.

“While his absence should be brief, the SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt team is extremely appreciative and thankful for our alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing that will allow Cole Custer to compete in this weekend’s Pocono Mountains 225.”

After a 12th-place result at New Hampshire, Graf enters the 19th race of the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season 25th-place in series standings. Earlier this year at Talladega, Graf secured his maiden top-10 result, finishing in eighth.

Joseph Srigley
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