Attorney Charles Custer elected to West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (January 9, 2019) – The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the election of San Francisco attorney Charles (Chuck) Custer to its Board of Directors.

Custer is a senior partner at Gordon & Rees LLP and is the National Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Product Liability Defense practice group.

His practice focuses on litigation and negotiation of high exposure, catastrophic and complex injury cases. Custer has extensive trial experience, taking more than 25 jury trials – in both state and federal courts – to verdict.

“We’re pleased to have Chuck Custer join our board of directors,” said West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Chairman Ken Clapp. “We are fortunate to have a person with his background on our team.”

Custer has a technical background as an engineer, graduating in 1979 from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Custer has served as a board member of the United Way of the Bay Area for more than a decade and has volunteered extensively in coaching youth sports.

Custer is part of an extended racing family, assisting his brother, Joe Custer, for many years in off-road racing that included the famed Baja 1000 and 500 events in Mexico. Joe Custer is executive vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing. Custer’s nephew, Cole Custer, competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

Over the past three years, the induction has helped raise a half million dollars for charitable causes. The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The group’s current list of charities and foundations – expected to increase – counts 25 different groups. They include charities dedicated to health, including autism research, children’s cancer, breast cancer and Parkinson’s; education; history; animal rescue; homelessness and military and veterans’ assistance.

For a complete list of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame’s charity partners please go to

Owen A. Kearns