NASCAR suspends driver, team owner indefinitely

Kaden Honeycutt, Roper Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Kaden Honeycutt, Roper Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

NASCAR has suspended driver-owner Cory Roper indefinitely after he was found to have violated the sport’s Substance Abuse Policy.

Roper Racing NASCAR Truck Series team owner and driver Cory Roper has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR.

The 45-year-old Vernon, Texas native was suspended after it was discovered that he had violated Sections 4.1 & 10.1.A of the NASCAR rulebook regarding the sport’s Substance Abuse Policy.

No specifics were given regarding the violation.

Roper is not eligible to return until he completes NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.

Roper Racing returned to the Truck Series in 2023 after Roper withdrew from their only 2022 appearance at Talladega Superspeedway in October. They competed part-time from 2018 to 2021, fielding the No. 04 Ford primarily for Roper himself.

Chase Briscoe also made select starts for the team in 2021, while Roger Reuse made one start in 2019 behind the wheel of the No. 04 Chevrolet.

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The team entered the No. 04 Ford for Kaden Honeycutt in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway last Friday, but he did not qualify for the race. Honeycutt competed part-time in the Truck Series for G2G Racing and On Point Motorsports last year.

The 19-year-old Willow Park, Texas native’s schedule also includes the season’s next five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, March 3; Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 18; Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, March 25; Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 1; and Bristol Motor Speedway (dirt) on Saturday, April 8.

Roper himself did not have any plans to compete throughout the 2023 season. His career-best finish of third place, which he recorded in the 2021 season opener at Daytona International Speedway, is also the team’s all-time best result. He also finished in sixth at Talladega Superspeedway later that year and ninth at Texas Motor Speedway in 2019.

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Beyond the season’s sixth race, Roper Racing have not confirmed any plans for 2023. Honeycutt is their only confirmed driver.