NASCAR to review incident with Cole Custer after Roval

It’s possible Cole Custer slowed down on purpose to help teammate Chase Briscoe advance in the NASCAR playoffs

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On Sunday, NASCAR visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. The 17-turn Roval layout brought chaos.

In the closing laps, Austin Dillon got into the bumper of Chase Briscoe into the backstretch chicane. As Briscoe went around, his chance of advancing in the playoff was looking grim. Before the spin, he looked like an easy lock to advance.

A caution flag came out with 2 laps to go. At the time, Briscoe sat 10th on the playoff board, 9 points below the cut line. Kyle Larson sat +7 to the cutline but after suffering a mechanical problem, Larson was trapped several laps down with no way to to gain positions.

Ahead of the restart, Briscoe hit the pit lane for fresh tires. He was set for one last kamikazee run from the back of the pack.

As the green dropped, six cars tangled into turn one. Suddenly, Briscoe was just 6 points below the cutline.

Cindric sat 1 point below the cutline. However, Erik Jones got into Cindric into turn 8, sending him around. As Briscoe drove by Cindric, he was now just 5 points below cutline.

Teammates helping each other advance?

With 1 lap to go, Briscoe was up to 11th. Now, he’s tied with Larson at the cutline. Ahead of Briscoe sat Erik Jones and Briscoe’s teammate, Cole Custer. Briscoe was all over the bumper of Jones, desperate for the position.

Briscoe worked under Jones as they entered turn one of the oval. At the same time, Austin Dillon worked inside of Briscoe. They ran three wide but Briscoe couldn’t give up a position as he would be at risk of playoff elimination. Yet, Dillon got by.

As they entered the backstretch chicane, Cole Custer checked up way early. It caught Dillon off guard, he lifted. Briscoe stayed in the gas, dove to the inside and cleared them both.

Custer threw blocks as they exited turn 12 and he was spun out just a few corners later. Briscoe drove off to finish 9th.

Briscoe advanced into the playoffs. Larson was eliminated by just two points.

Charlotte Video Highlights: October 9, 2022 (NASCAR Cup Series)

NASCAR to review the final lap

Cole Custer - Daytona International Speedway - NASCAR Cup Series
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 10: Cole Custer, driver of the #41 Ford, poses for photos during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

After the race, NASCAR stated they intend to review the final lap. Specifically, they’re going to review the incident with Cole Custer heading into the backstretch chicane.

It’s possible that Custer purposefully checked up early to help teammate Chase Briscoe.

“NASCAR is reviewing data, video and radio transmissions from the 41 car following its incident on the backstretch during the final lap,” the statement read. “NASCAR will communicate the results of the review early this week. Any potential penalties would not affect the Round of 8 field.”

NASCAR says that any possible penalties would not alter the playoff field.

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Chase Briscoe comments

Chase Briscoe in victory lane - Phoenix Raceway - NASCAR Cup Series
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 13: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the the Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 13, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

“I told my guys before the race, there’s a difference between thinking we can move on and knowing we can move on,” Briscoe told NBC Sports.

“I knew we could move on. This team never gives up. It took every bit of it there at the end.”

“I had no idea we were even going to have a shot. Truthfully, I knew that we were probably out. I saw the No. 2 wreck and thought, maybe we still have a chance.”

“I had so much fresher tires than everyone else. And they pumped them way up to qualifying pressures. Just letting me go attack and have the ball in my hands.”

“Looking forward to the Round of 8, a lot of really good race tracks for me.”

“Dirt guys, sprint car guys, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, you’re slipping and sliding so much cause you got more power than you can typically put down. It’s similar to a sprint car. The sprint car background definitely helps when you come to a place like this. Cool to see a sprint car guy win and another move on into the playoffs.”

Kyle Larson disappointed

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 03: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Chevrolet, waits on the grid during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 03, 2022 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Kyle Larson suffered a broken toe link after getting loose and tagging the wall. The crew made repairs but the driver was unable to advance.

“When you give up that many spots, you know you’re going to be close,” Larson said after the race.

“I just made way too many mistakes, all year long. Made another one today and ultimately cost us an opportunity to go chase another championship.”

Larson added, “Extremely mad at myself and let the team down, a number of times this year. Let them down in a big way today.”

NASCAR Cup Series
Point Standings

1. Chase Elliott
1 Win

2. Christopher Bell
1 Win

3. Ryan Blaney

4. Joey Logano

5. Denny Hamlin

6. William Byron

7. Ross Chastain

8. Chase Briscoe

— Eliminated from Playoffs —

9. Kyle Larson

10. Daniel Suarez

11. Austin Cindric

12. Alex Bowman

Charlotte Race Results: October 9, 2022 (NASCAR Cup Series)


Cole Custer | Chase Briscoe | Kyle Larson | Charlotte Motor Speedway | NASCAR