Monday, November 27, 2023

NASCAR Takes Splitter from Stewart-Haas Racing No. 00 for Further Inspection

In a routine pre-race inspection, NASCAR says that they have confiscated the front splitter of the No. 00 Ford Mustang driven by Cole Custer and owned by Stewart-Haas Racing. The splitter will be taken back to NASCAR’s R&D Center, with any penalties to be announced next week. Photo Credit: David Rosenblum, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance.

After some pre-race inspection issues prior to Saturday’s Cabo Wabo 250 at Michigan International Speedway, there could be some penalties headed in the direction of Cole Custer and Stewart-Haas Racing.

On Friday, just minutes before 5:00 PM ET, NASCAR announced that it had confiscated the front splitter of the No. 00 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage, in order to further inspect it at the NASCAR R&D Center back in North Carolina.

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Cole Custer, the driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing entry in the second-tier series, qualified his Haas Automation-sponsored entry in the 13th position, the lowest of the three Fords aligned with the race-winning organization – Herbst 5th, Moffitt 12th.

The exact reasoning behind the confiscation of the front splitter on the No. 00 Ford Mustang was not officially revealed, but NASCAR says that any penalties to be applied to Custer and Stewart-Haas would not be announced until next week.

Entering Michigan, a home race for the Ford Motor Company, Custer sits fourth in NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, 84 points behind current regular-season points leader Austin Hill.

Currently sitting 79 points ahead of fifth-place in series point standings Josh Berry, and points reduction following Saturday’s event likely wouldn’t have a huge impact on his position but would make it difficult to climb higher in the regular-season standings.

In his return to the Xfinity Series this year, Custer and Stewart-Haas Racing have recorded a pair of victories, both on road courses at Portland International Raceway and the Chicago Street Course, while also collecting eight top-five and 12 top-10 results.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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