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Austin Hill Penalized for Intentionally Wrecking Cole Custer at Charlotte

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NASCAR announced on Wednesday that NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Hill was fined $25,000 and docked 25 driver points for intentionally wrecking Cole Custer under caution at Charlotte last weekend. The penalty costs Hill the points lead, dropping him to 4th in the standings, 21 points behind new leader, Chandler Smith.

  • Austin Hill and Cole Custer got into each other late in Saturday’s BetMGM 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After the two made contact on the front stretch, Hill cut a right front tire, sending him up the race track into Custer and both into the outside wall. After the wreck, Hill took exception to the contact that preceded the cut tire, pushing Custer down the backstretch, and hooking him into the inside wall.
  • NASCAR has generally not taken kindly to intentional wrecks on big race tracks like Charlotte, but these incidents typically end in driver suspensions. In 2023, NASCAR suspended Cup Series driver Chase Elliott for right-hooking Denny Hamlin into the wall at Charlotte during the Coca-Cola 600. In 2011, Kyle Busch was suspended for the rest of the weekend for intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday under caution at Texas in the Truck Series race.
  • Many fans believe Hill’s penalty is too lenient. They think He should have been suspended or fined more for his actions on the race track.

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