Cole Custer’s Penalty Appeal to be Heard Thursday: UPDATE

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of a Behavioral penalty issued on Oct. 11, 2022 to driver Cole Custer, crew chief Mike Shiplett and team owner Gene Haas in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The penalty concerns the following sections of the 2022 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 4.3.A NASCAR Member Conduct; 4.4.C NASCAR Member Code of Conduct Penalty Options and Guidelines; 5.5 Performance Obligations. The penalties issued were the loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, a $100,000 fine to the driver and a $100,000 fine and indefinite suspension to the crew chief.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

1. That the Appellants violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
2. That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty issued by NASCAR.

The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:
• Mr. Dixon Johnston
• Mr. Bill Mullis
• Mr. Dale Pinilis

The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with the NASCAR Rule Book.


Original post: NASCAR officials said Friday that Stewart-Haas Racing’s appeal of penalties handed to driver Cole Custer and the No. 41 team will be heard Thursday, Oct. 27.

Three members of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel will hear the case, which stems from penalties issued Oct. 11 after the Cup Series Playoffs event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course. Custer’s No. 41 Ford appeared to slow on the final lap of the Bank of America Roval 400, blocking the path of Austin Dillon and Erik Jones while allowing SHR teammate Chase Briscoe to slip by in the track’s backstretch chicane.