Cole Custer Survives A Wreckfest At Daytona

Cole Custer
Date: Feb. 17, 2018

EventPowershares QQQ 300 (Round 1 of 33)

SeriesNASCAR Xfinity Series

LocationDaytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)

Format: 120 laps, broken into three stages (30 laps/30 laps/60 laps)

Start/Finish: 14th/14th (Running, completed 143 of 143 laps) in overtime

Point Standing: 12th with 24 points


Race WinnerTyler Reddick of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

Cole Custer started 14th, finished 10th. Earned one bonus point.

● Custer piloted the Haas Automation Ford in and out of the top-10 throughout the stage.

● With two laps to go, Custer found a push from the rear sending him to the seventh position.

● Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments at the conclusion of the stage.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60):       

● Started 10th, finished 12th.

● Custer battled inside the top-15 for the majority of Stage 2 while noting tight-handling conditions.

● At the conclusion of the stage, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 61-143):

● Started 16th, finished 14th.

● On lap 79, Custer powered the Haas Automation Ford Mustang to the ninth position.

● During the lap 83 caution, crew chief Jeff Meendering radioed Custer in for a fuel-only stop. He restarted in the ninth position.

● Custer was involved in an accident on lap 99 causing splitter damage on both sides.

● He pitted for damage repair five times during two caution periods and remained on the lead lap.

● After numerous cautions pushing the race 23 laps past the scheduled distance, Custer survived the late race chaos untouched and battled in and out of the top-10 before finishing 14th at the checkered flag.



● The 14th-place finish was Custer’s highest finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

● Custer is 12th in the Xfinity Series Playoff points standings.

● 12 cautions slowed the race for 49 laps.

● The race went 23 laps past the scheduled 120-lap distance.

● Tyler Reddick won the Powershares QQQ 300 to score his second career Xfinity Series victory, first of the season and first at Daytona. His margin of victory over second-place Elliot Sadler was .001 seconds.


Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing With Biagi-DenBeste:      

“I have to give a huge thanks to the Haas Automation crew for keeping us alive in this race. We were caught up in an accident early and were able to salvage a decent finish. It was still really drivable there at the end. I was really surprised, but I had a huge vibration, so we didn’t have the fastest car there. I was happy with it. Compared to last year, this is a lot better. We didn’t put ourselves in a hole, so I’m looking forward to Atlanta.”


Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Atlanta 250 on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FS1.


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