Custer Received Sheet Metal Damage And Faded To 13th At Dover

Cole Custer

Date: May 5, 2018

Event: OneMain Financial 200 (Round 10 of 33)

Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series

Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)

Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (45 laps/45 laps/110 laps)

Start/Finish: 36th/13th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

Point Standing: 6th with 323 points

 

Race Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Elliott Sadler of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

Cole Custer started 36th, finished 11th.

● Custer piloted the Haas Automation Ford inside the top-15 before a lap-30 caution.

● He battled inside the top-10 during the closing laps, but noted tight-handling conditions and fell to 11th place.

● Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments at the conclusion of Stage 1.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):

● Custer started 12th, finished 17th.

● Custer was caught in traffic during the restart and fought in and around the top-10 for the majority of the stage.

● During a lap-79 caution, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel, and adjustments to restart 21st.

● Custer preserved the tires of his Haas Automation Mustang and did not pit after Stage 2 concluded.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200):

● Custer started fifth, finished 13th.

● Custer sustained damage to his left-rear quarter panel on lap 101 after contact with another competitor, pushing him back to 14th.

● He pitted during a lap-130 caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments to correct tight-handling conditions.

● Custer restarted 10th and raced from the ninth position until he was caught in traffic and forced outside of the top-10.

● He drove his Haas Automation Ford to the 13th position before the race concluded.

 

Notes:               

● This was Custer’s third NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Dover.

● Eight cautions slowed the race for 45 laps.

● Only 23 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● No NASCAR Cup Series drivers were entered in the OneMain Financial 200.

● Justin Allgaier won the OneMain 200 to score his sixth career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and first at Dover. His margin of victory over second-place Elliott Sadler was .306 of a second.

 

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

“It was the most frustrating day ever. We had a pretty fast car. We had no track position all day and no restarts went our way. That’s just part of it. We’ll move on to the next one. I think we were really fast today and our Haas Automation team was on top of it. It’s just frustrating when you’re caught in bad situations so much.”

 

Next Up:           

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Alsco 300 on Saturday, May 26 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

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