Cole Custer Grabs First NXS Victory In The Ford EcoBoost 300

Cole Custer
Haas Automation Driver Scores First Career XFINITY Series Victory

 

Date:  Nov. 18, 2017

Event:  Ford EcoBoost 300 (Round 33 of 33)

Series:  NASCAR XFINITY Series

Location:  Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

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

Start/Finish:  2nd/1st (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

Point Standing:  5th with 2,288 points

 

Race Winner:  Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner:  Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

● Cole Custer started second, finished first. Earned 10 bonus points.

● Took the lead on lap three and held it for the next 21 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.

● Relinquished the lead for only three laps following a lap-24 restart before retaking lead on lap 27 from Tyler Reddick.

● Custer led through the end of Stage 1.

● Pitted for four tires, fuel and tire pressure adjustments at the conclusion of Stage 1.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):           

● Started third, finished first. Earned 10 bonus points.

● Custer ran inside the top-five and reassumed his position at the front by lap 62, leading through the end of the stage.

● At the end of Stage 2, pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and tire pressure adjustments to improve his drive off the track’s corners.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200): 

● Started first, finished first.

● After taking the lead in Stage 2, Custer never gave up the point, leading the race’s final 139 laps, even during a scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 144 for four tires and fuel.

● Custer crossed the stripe with a whopping 15.405-second margin of victory over second-place Sam Hornish Jr., the three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner.

 

Notes:         

● This marks Custer’s first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory and it came in only his 38th XFINITY Series start.

● Earned a perfect driver rating by sweeping both stages and taking the race victory (150.0).

● Custer led three times for a race-high 182 laps. It is a record for the most laps led in a single XFINITY Series race at Homestead.

● This was Custer’s rookie season in the XFINITY Series, and he ends it with seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.

● Custer earned the most points at 1.5-mile tracks among XFINITY Series drivers this season (422).

● This was Stewart-Haas Racing’s first win in the XFINITY Series, as the team debuted its XFINITY Series program this season.

● Custer’s win was the ninth XFINITY Series victory of the season for Ford.

● Custer is the 36th different driver to win an XFINITY Series race with Ford.

 

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

“We knew we were gonna be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal. We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend. Even though we weren’t in (the Championship 4), we wanted to win.

 

“I want to thank everybody at Haas Automation, Code 3 Associates and Roush Yates Engines – the engines have been unbelievable all year – and XFINITY and everybody at NASCAR and all of our fans, it’s just been unbelievable.

 

“Going into this year there were so many question marks, and to see how far we’ve come is really unbelievable. I have to especially thank Gene Haas. I would never be here without him and I can’t thank him enough.

 

“I can’t stress enough how good this Haas Automation Mustang was. I was just pedaling it going half-speed the last few laps. I’ve had some good cars before, but that was pretty impressive. I can’t say enough about this group. They’ve worked so hard all year getting us up and going and it’s just unbelievable.  There’s no better team I’ve worked with before and I can’t thank them enough.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cole Custer Hopes To Close The Season With A Victory At Homestead

Cole Custer

 

Event: Ford EcoBoost 300 (Round 33 of 33)

Date: Nov. 18, 2017

Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Layout: 1.5-mile oval

 

Cole Custer Notes of Interest
 

●  The Ford EcoBoost 300 is the final race of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. In Custer’s 32 starts this season, he has earned six top-five and 18 top-10 finishes while leading 119 laps.

 

●  Homestead-Miami Speedway is the last of the 11 1.5-mile tracks on the 2017 XFINITY Series schedule. Custer leads the 2017 XFINITY Series in points at 1.5-mile tracks this season with 362.

 

●  In 14 XFINITY Series starts and nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at 1.5-mile ovals, Custer has five top-five finishes and 13 top-10s.

 

Cole Custer has earned three top-fives in the XFNITY Series this season at 1.5-mile tracks – April 8 and Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (fifth each time) and Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (fifth) – and finished in the top-10 at three other venues – March 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (10th), May 27 and Oct. 7 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (seventh and sixth, respectively) and Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (seventh).

 

●  Custer’s best finish in the 32 XFINITY Series races run this season is fourth, earned in the 11th race of the year June 3 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The result equaled Custer’s best career XFINITY Series finish, which he claimed in his series debut in May 2016 at Charlotte.

 

●  Custer’s best qualifying effort in the 32 XFINITY Series races run this season is second on Nov. 4 at Texas. Custer has 10 top-five and 23 top-10 starts this season.

 

●  Custer is third in the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year standings, 42 points behind leader William Byron and 13 points behind second-place Daniel Hemric. Custer has earned nine Rookie of the Race awards this season, four of which have come at 1.5-mile tracks (fifth at Texas, twice; 11th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and sixth at Charlotte). Rookie of the Race awards are given to the highest-finishing rookie.

 

●  Last week at Phoenix Raceway, Custer battled above and below the championship-contention line to finish just four points out of the cutoff to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead. Custer has clinched the fifth spot in the season-ending point standings.

 

●  The Ford EcoBoost 300 will mark Custer’s 38th career XFINITY Series start and his second XFINITY Series start at Homestead.

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang
 

Before the XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, you said the goal was to run consistently in the top-10 and earn a spot in the playoffs. You’ve earned six top-fives and 18 top-10s and were only two positions short of clinching a spot in the Championship 4. From a young rookie looking at an empty shop floor in December to a near-Championship 4 contender, have you exceeded your own expectations?

 

“At the start of the year we would’ve been really happy with where we ended up this season. We accomplished a lot for not knowing what to expect. In the moment, it hurts, but this Haas Automation team has come such a long way from where we started the year. It’s nothing to hang our heads about, but we really do think we could have competed for a championship at Homestead.”

 

The Haas Automation team has statistically performed better at 1.5-mile tracks than any other team in the XFINITY Series. Does this give you something to prove at Homestead this weekend?

 

“We want to go to Homestead and prove that we could’ve won this thing. I think the other competitors in the Championship 4 would’ve had somebody to worry about if we were in this thing. I think we’re going to have a really strong car and a really strong run if we stay out of trouble. There’s no reason why we can’t go down there and win.”

 

What’s a lap around Homestead like?

 

“Homestead is pretty tough because it’s almost like you’re on ice the whole time. It’s worn out, it’s wide and you can move around a lot. It’s really fun when you’re up against the wall. Some of the race is going to be about conserving your car and making sure you have something at the end of the race. Homestead is definitely one of the most fun races we go to because you get to slide around and it’s just unique in that way.”

 

Jeff Meendering, Crew Chief of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Team
 

Is there something to be shown for how well the team has run at 1.5-mile tracks this year as you get ready for the season finale at Homestead, which happens to be a 1.5-mile oval?

 

“Regardless of points, our goal all season has been to win a race our first year. We have put a lot of time in preparing for this race and feel that we have a good shot to make that happen this weekend. We are taking what we feel is our best car, Chassis No. 1059.”

 

Cole Custer Homestead Performance Profile
 

 

No. 00 Haas Automation Team Roster
Primary Team Members:

 

Driver: Cole Custer

Hometown: Ladera Ranch, California

 

Crew Chief: Jeff Meendering

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Car Chief: Eddie D’Hondt Jr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

 

Lead Engineer: Bruce Schlickler

Hometown: Clarksburg, West Virginia

 

Engine Specialist: Craig Herrmann

Hometown: Albany, New York

 

Spotter: Eddie D’Hondt Sr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ryan Mulder

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

 

Front Tire Carrier: Tyler Bullard

Hometown: King, North Carolina

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris JacksonHometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Jeremy Howard

Hometown: Dalhant, Texas

 

Gas Man: Andrew Migliozzi

Hometown: West Borough, Massachusetts

 

Jackman: Sean Cotten

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Road Crew Members:

 

Truck Driver: Jason Gray

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Mechanic: Daren VanderLey

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

 

Mechanic: Michael Brill

Hometown: Woodsville, New Hampshire

 

Tire Specialist: Bryan Honeycutt

Hometown: Asheboro, North Carolina

 

Shock Specialist: Dave Hansen

Hometown: York, Maine

 

Pit Support: Chris Justice

Hometown: Greensboro, South Carolina

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cole Custer Almost Locked Himself Into The Final Four

Cole Custer

Date: Nov. 11, 2017

Event: Ticket Galaxy 200 (Round 32 of 33)

Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series

Location: Phoenix Raceway (1-mile oval)

Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/80 laps)

Start/Finish: 3rd/7th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

Point Standings: 5th with 2,228 points

 

Race Winner: William Byron of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):

Cole Custer started third, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

● Custer ran in the top-10 for the entirety of the Stage.

● He said the Haas Automation Ford’s balance improved as the stage wore on, but could use an adjustment to become tighter.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments at the conclusion of the stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):     

● Started fifth, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

● Custer battled a loose-handling condition at the beginning of Stage 2.

● He continued to run inside the top-10 for the duration of the stage.

● At the conclusion of the stage, Custer gained three spots after a pit stop for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 121-200):          

● Started fourth, finished seventh.

● Custer noted loose-handling conditions late in the run causing him to fall to the eighth position.

● During a lap-180 caution, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments. He gained two positions to restart sixth.

● Custer piloted his Haas Automation Ford Mustang to fifth place, putting him above the cutoff for the Championship Four.

● During the closing laps, Custer was caught pushing him to the seventh position and below the cutoff.

 

Notes:              

● Custer was eliminated from the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. He finished in fifth place, just four points below the cutoff for the Championship Four.

● This marks Custer’s 18th top-10 of the 2017 season, his 20th top-10 in 36 XFINITY Series starts and his first XFINITY Series top-10 at Phoenix Raceway.

● Custer earned eight combined stage points.

● This was Custer’s 36th NASCAR XFINITY Series start and his second at Phoenix Raceway.

● Five cautions slowed the race for 27 laps.

William Byron won the Ticket Galaxy 200 to score his fourth career XFINITY Series victory, fourth of the season and first at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Ryan Blaney was .960 seconds.

 

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

“We fought hard all day and did all we could to compete for a spot in the Championship Four. We have had fast Haas Automation Mustangs all year and just ran into bad luck in the second round of the playoffs. We would be in the final round if it weren’t for that bad luck. For a first-year team, rookie driver and rookie crew chief we competed at a high level. A huge thanks to everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing, Haas Automation, Ford Performance, Code 3 and everyone who has supported us this season. I’m sure we’ll come back next year stronger.”

 

Playoff Standings:        

1.     William Byron (4,000 points)

2.     Elliott Sadler (4,000 points)

3.     Justin Allgaier (4,000 points)

4.     Daniel Hemric (4,000 points)

 

Failed to advance to the Championship 4:

5.     Cole Custer (2,228 points)

6.     Brennan Poole (2,188 points)

7.     Matt Tifft (2,181 points)

8.     Ryan Reed (2,144points)

 

Next Up:

 

The next event on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule is the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Custer Is Ready To Race For A Final Four Berth

Cole Custer
Cole Custer might be 13 points behind Brennan Poole for the final berth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship 4, but he doesn’t lack confidence heading into Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway.

“I think there’s no reason why we can’t go to Phoenix and have a good run,” Custer said. “It’s a place I’m confident at and our short-track program is starting to be where we want it. If we keep running like we have been and don’t run into bad luck, we’ll be locked into the (Championship 4).”

Custer finished 21st in the XFINITY Series’ March visit to Phoenix this season, but does have a win at the one-mile track in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing driver enters Saturday’s race in good form, finishing in the top 10 in seven of his last nine races. He placed fifth at Texas last weekend.

“I think anything is possible for us and there’s no reason why we don’t belong in the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead,” Custer said.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cole Custer Has His Work Cut Out For Him At Phoenix

Cole Custer

 

Event: Ticket Galaxy 200 (Round 32 of 33)

Date: Nov. 11, 2017

Location: Phoenix Raceway

Layout: Mile oval

Cole Custer Notes of Interest
 

●  The Ticket Galaxy 200 is the sixth of seven races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs and the third race in the second playoff round, which consists of eight drivers. Four drivers will be eliminated at the conclusion of the race, narrowing the field to a quartet of drivers who will compete in a winner-take-all championship finale Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

●  Cole Custer is sixth in the XFINITY Series playoffs with 3,066 points, 37 behind series leader William Byron and 13 behind fourth-place Brennan Poole.

 

●  In the five playoff races run thus far, Custer has two top-five finishes and four top-10s.

 

●  The Ticket Galaxy 200 will be Custer’s second XFINITY Series start at Phoenix and his eighth overall at the mile oval. Custer has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and three NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts at Phoenix. Custer’s best Truck Series finish is third in 2014 and, that same year, he won the K&N Pro Series race. Custer also has a K&N Series pole at Phoenix, earned in 2013 when he first competed at the track. Custer has three top-fives, five top-10s, one pole, one win and has led 111 laps in seven starts at Phoenix.

 

●  In 37 XFINITY Series starts, 42 Camping World Truck Series starts and 29 K&N Pro Series starts since 2015, Custer has five wins, six poles, 14 top-five finishes, 25 top-10s and 919 laps led at tracks that are a mile in length or shorter.

 

●  Custer’s best finish in the 31 XFINITY Series races run this season is fourth, earned in the 11th race of the year June 3 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The result equaled Custer’s best career XFINITY Series finish, which he earned in his series debut in May 2016 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

 

●  Custer’s best qualifying effort in the 31 XFINITY Series races run this season is second, earned last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Custer has 23 top-10 starts and 10 top-five starts this season.

 

●  Custer is third in the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year standings, 50 points behind leader William Byron and nine points behind second-place Daniel Hemric. Custer has earned nine Rookie of the Race awards this season. Rookie of the Race awards are given each race to the highest-finishing rookie.

 

●  Last weekend at Texas, Custer cut a tire on the opening laps and battled back from a lap down to earn his second consecutive top-five at the 1.5-mile oval.

 

●  Custer has seven top-fives and 19 top-10s in 36 career XFINITY Series starts.

 

●  At 19 years and 9 months of age, Custer is the youngest driver in the playoffs.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang
 

The entire team has run like a well-oiled Haas Automation machine during this year’s playoffs. Can you carry it past this weekend and into the final round at Homestead?

“I think there’s no reason why we can’t go to Phoenix and have a good run. It’s a place I’m confident at and our short-track program is starting to be where we want it. If we keep running like we have been and don’t run into bad luck, we’ll be locked into the final four.”

You have two wins at Phoenix. What is it about this track that fits your driving style?

“I’ve been lucky enough to drive some fast cars there, but I think I’ve taken to flat tracks fairly well and it’s a feel I just like. We had a quick Haas Automation Ford Mustang there earlier in the season so, with the notes we have now, we should be even quicker. ”

Are you content with where you are in the standings heading to Phoenix?

“I can’t really say I am too upset or too down going into Phoenix. It is just two weeks in a row that we had some bad luck, but there is nothing that our team could have done differently to avoid the tire issues. Last week, we cut a tire and finished fifth after going a whole lap down. I think anything is possible for us and there’s no reason why we don’t belong in the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead.”

You look to Kevin Harvick for most of your on-track advice. Does his win at Texas andincredible track record at Phoenix give you confidence heading into the weekend?  

“Definitely. Stewart-Haas Racing is in a really good spot right now and we have a lot of fast racecars. So, hopefully, we can build off that and have the run we need at Phoenix. It’s an honor to be a part of such a competitive organization. Kevin and the entire team have helped me a ton along the way.”

Jeff Meendering, Crew Chief of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Team
 

What can we expect to see from the Haas Automation team this weekend at Phoenix?

 

“We have been preparing for this race for over a month now and have a good practice plan. We were around a seventh-place car the first race back in June. With our current points situation, we are going to have to be better than that. We made big improvements over the course of the year with our short-track setups, so I have confidence that we can have a strong run. We are bringing Chassis No. 1090. This is only the third race for this car. The others were Richmond and Dover.”

Cole Custer Phoenix Performance Profile
 

 

No. 00 Haas Automation Team Roster
Primary Team Members:

 

Driver: Cole Custer

Hometown: Ladera Ranch, California

 

Crew Chief: Jeff Meendering

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Car Chief: Eddie D’Hondt Jr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

 

Lead Engineer: Bruce Schlickler

Hometown: Clarksburg, West Virginia

 

Engine Specialist: Craig Herrmann

Hometown: Albany, New York

 

Spotter: Eddie D’Hondt Sr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ryan Mulder

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

 

Front Tire Carrier: Tyler Bullard

Hometown: King, North Carolina

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris JacksonHometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Jeremy Howard 

Hometown: Dalhant, Texas

 

Gas Man: Andrew Migliozzi

Hometown: West Borough, Massachusetts

 

Jackman: Sean Cotten

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Road Crew Members:

 

Truck Driver: Jason Gray

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Mechanic: Daren VanderLey

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

 

Mechanic: Michael Brill

Hometown: Woodsville, New Hampshire

 

Tire Specialist: Bryan Honeycutt

Hometown: Asheboro, North Carolina

 

Shock Specialist: Dave Hansen

Hometown: York, Maine

 

Pit Support: Chris Justice

Hometown: Greensboro, South Carolina

Playoff Standings (with one race remaining until the Championship 4) 
 

1.     Elliott Sadler (3,103 points) +29

2.     William Byron (3,098 points, -5) +24

3.     Justin Allgaier (3,094 points, -9) +20

4.     Brennan Poole (3,079 points, -24) +5

5.     Matt Tifft (3,074 points, -29) -5

6.     Cole Custer (3,066 points, -37) -13

7.     Daniel Hemric (3,061 points, -42) -19

8.     Ryan Reed (3,046 points, -57) -33

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cole Custer Logs Another Top Five At Texas

Cole Custer
Date: Nov. 4, 2017

Event: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Round 31 of 33)

Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series

Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)

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

Start/Finish: 2nd/5th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

Playoff Point Standings: 6th (3,066 points, 37 points out of first / 13 points from cutoff)

 

Race Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

Cole Custer started second, finished 29th.

● Custer battled for second in the opening laps until a loose-handling car dropped him to the middle of the field.

● Custer brought the Haas Automation Ford Mustang to the pits where the crew found a flat right-rear tire was the cause of the issue.

● At the conclusion of the stage, Custer opted not to pit to rejoin the lead lap.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):       

● Started 29th, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

● On lap 57, Custer pitted during a caution while remaining on the lead lap.

● Custer rejoined the top-10 on lap 81 – a lap before another caution.

● He stayed on the track in seventh and held the position the remainder of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200):

● Started 11th, finished fifth.

● Custer ran just outside of the top-five before a lap-125 caution when he pitted for four tires and fuel.

● He restarted in the eighth position and made his way into the top-five on lap 147.

● Custer pitted for fuel only under green on lap 186.

● He rejoined the race in seventh and drove to fifth before the checkered flag.

 

Notes:              

 Custer’s second-place qualifying effort was his career-best start in 36 NASCAR XFINITY Series attempts.

● Custer was the highest finishing rookie. He earned his ninth rookie of the race award this season.

● Custer has earned the most points at 1.5-mile tracks among XFINITY Series drivers this season.

● This marks Custer’s sixth top-five of the 2017 season, his seventh top-five in 36 XFINITY Seriesstarts and his second top-five at Texas Motor Speedway.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 was the first race of the second round of playoffs. One more race remains before the season finale Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

● This was Custer’s 36th NASCAR XFINITY Series start and his second at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

● Seven cautions slowed the race for 33 laps.

Erik Jones won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 to score his ninth career XFINITY Series victory, third of the season and third at Texas. His margin of victory over second-place Ryan Blaney was 1.018 seconds.

 

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

“We started the race with a flat and did all we could do to salvage a good day out of it. We have had two pretty good Haas Automation Ford Mustangs, but have just had a flat tire in both of the past two races. It is what it is for us. I think there is no reason why we can’t make that up in Phoenix.”

 

Playoff Standings:        

1.     Elliott Sadler (3,103 points) +29

2.     William Byron (3,098 points, -5) +24

3.     Justin Allgaier (3,094 points, -9) +20

4.     Brennan Poole (3,079 points, -24) +5

5.     Matt Tifft (3,074 points, -29) -5

6.     Cole Custer (3,066 points, -37) -13

7.     Daniel Hemric (3,061 points, -42) -19

8.     Ryan Reed (3,046 points, -57) -33

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule is the Ticket Galaxy 200 on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Phoenix Raceway.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cole Custer Needs A Really Good Day At Texas To Advance

Cole Custer

Event: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Round 31 of 33)

Date: Nov. 4, 2017

Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth

Layout: 1.5-mile oval

Cole Custer Notes of Interest
 

●  The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 is the fifth of seven races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs and the second race in the second playoff round, which consists of eight drivers. Four drivers will be eliminated at the conclusion of the three-race round, narrowing the field to a quartet of drivers who will compete in a winner-take-all championship finale Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

 Cole Custer is eighth in the XFINITY Series playoffs with 3,030 points, 36 behind series leader William Byron and eight behind fourth-place Brennan Poole.

 

●  Texas Motor Speedway is the 10th of 11 1.5-mile tracks on the 2017 XFINITY Series schedule. Custer leads the 2017 XFINITY Series in three statistical categories at 1.5-mile tracks this season – points scored (326), average finish (9.0) and laps led (90).

 

●  In 13 XFINITY Series starts and nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at 1.5-mile ovals, Custer has four top-five finishes and 12 top-10s.

 

●  Custer has earned two top-fives in the XFINITY Series this season at 1.5-mile tracks – April 8 at Texas (fifth) and Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (fifth) – and finished in the top-10 at three other venues – March 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (10th), May 27 and Oct. 7 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (seventh and sixth, respectively) and Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (seventh).

 

●  Custer’s best finish in the 30 XFINITY Series races run this season is fourth, earned in the 11th race of the year June 3 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The result equaled Custer’s best career XFINITY Series finish, which he earned in his series debut in May 2016 at Charlotte.

 

●  Custer has six top-fives and 18 top-10s in 35 career XFINITY Series starts.

 

●  At 19 years and 9 months of age, Custer is the youngest driver in the playoffs.

 

●  Custer’s best qualifying effort in the 30 XFINITY Series races run this season is third, earned three times – April 22 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, June 10 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway andSept. 23 at Kentucky. Custer has 22 top-10 starts and nine top-five starts this season.

 

●  Custer is third in the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year standings, 56 points behind leader Byron and 15 points behind second-place Daniel Hemric. Custer has earned eight Rookie of the Race awards this season, three having come at 1.5-mile tracks (fifth at Texas, 11th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and sixth at Charlotte). Rookie of the Race awards are given to the highest-finishing rookie.

 

●  The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 will mark Custer’s 36th career XFINITY Series start and his second XFINITY Series start at Texas.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang
 

What are your expectations heading to Texas Motor Speedway?

“I really think Texas is going to be good to us this weekend. We were strong there earlier in the year and we learned a ton since then. We should come back even better than we were before and put ourselves back where we need to be in the playoff standings.”

Two weekends ago at Kansas Speedway, you ran as high as second until a cut tire ended your bid with five laps to go. Is luck as important as running well?

“You do all you can to stay clean at the end and sometimes there’s just nothing you can do about it. As long as we run like we have been and don’t find any bad luck like we did in Kansas, we’ll be fine. I’d say you need a healthy amount of luck on your side. Anything can happen.”

What is different about Texas than all of the other 1.5-mile tracks?

“Texas is unique because there are two different corners. It’s a tough one to get a hold of because of the repave, but it’s a really fast track and if we can dial the Haas Automation Ford Mustang in during practice, we’ll have a solid weekend.”​

Jeff Meendering, Crew Chief of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Team
 

Describe your thoughts heading to Texas Motor Speedway.

 

“We are looking forward to Texas after having a good run at that track early in the season. We are bringing back the same car, Chassis No. 1045. After cutting down a tire at the end of the race at Kansas, this weekend should be a good opportunity to get ourselves back in the points race.”

Cole Custer Texas Performance Profile
 

 

No. 00 Haas Automation Team Roster
Primary Team Members:

 

Driver: Cole Custer

Hometown: Ladera Ranch, California

 

Crew Chief: Jeff Meendering

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Car Chief: Eddie D’Hondt Jr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

 

Lead Engineer: Bruce Schlickler

Hometown: Clarksburg, West Virginia

 

Engine Specialist: Craig Herrmann

Hometown: Albany, New York

 

Spotter: Eddie D’Hondt Sr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ryan Mulder

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

 

Front Tire Carrier: Tyler Bullard

Hometown: King, North Carolina

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris JacksonHometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Jeremy Howard 

Hometown: Dalhant, Texas

 

Gas Man: Andrew Migliozzi

Hometown: West Borough, Massachusetts

 

Jackman: Sean Cotten

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Road Crew Members:

 

Truck Driver: Jason Gray

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Mechanic: Daren VanderLey

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

 

Mechanic: Michael Brill

Hometown: Woodsville, New Hampshire

 

Tire Specialist: Bryan Honeycutt

Hometown: Asheboro, North Carolina

 

Shock Specialist: Dave Hansen

Hometown: York, Maine

 

Pit Support: Chris Justice

Hometown: Greensboro, South Carolina

H​aas Automation Notes of Interest
 

The No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang will feature decals on the lower-rear quarter panel for:

 

●  Haas Factory Outlet Dallas, a division of Manufacturing Machinery Company: Located at 1633 Firman Drive in Richardson, Texas, Haas Factory Outlet Dallas is in its 21st year as an exclusive dealer for Haas Automation CNC machine tools. HFO Dallas serves all of North Texas. Dependable Haas machine tools deliver high accuracy, repeatability and durability, and Haas Factory Outlets provide outstanding local sales, service and applications support. All HFOs maintain substantial inventories of replacement parts for next-day delivery and field factory-trained and -certified Haas technicians with fully stocked service vans to ensure fast, efficient, local service.

 

●  West Craft Manufacturing: Located at 100 Mill Pond Street in Alto, Texas, West Craft Manufacturing provides custom-built hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders to a wide range of original equipment manufacturers (OEM). West Craft’s goal is to provide quality products and unparalleled customer service. Year after year, West Craft has continued its pursuit of manufacturing excellence beginning with the design stage and continuing through to the shipment of the finished product.

 

●  POCO Graphite: Located at 300 Old Greenwood Road in Decatur, Texas, POCO Graphite products are produced for several major markets, including semiconductor, biomedical and electrical discharge machining. As a producer of highly technical materials, POCO offers exceptional customer support, including specific application information, design capability, machining, and materials testing.

 

Playoff Standings (with two races remaining before the Championship 4) 
 

1.     Justin Allgaier (3,066 points) +33

2.     William Byron (3,064 points -2) +31

3.     Elliott Sadler (3,055 points, -11) +22

4.     Brennan Poole (3,038 points, -28) +5

5.     Matt Tifft (3,033 points, -33) -5

6.     Ryan Reed (3,032 points, -34) -6

7.     Daniel Hemric (3,032 points, -34) -6

8.     Cole Custer (3,030 points, -36) -8

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cut Tire Ruins Cole Custer’s Race At Kansas

Cole Custer

Date: Oct. 21, 2017

Event: Kansas Lottery 300 (Round 30 of 33)

Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series

Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)

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

Start/Finish: 7th/19th (Running, completed 198 of 200 laps)

Playoff Point Standings: 8th (3,030 points, 36 points out of first)

 

Race Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

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

● Custer piloted his Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates Ford Mustang to ninth place before noting loose handling conditions.

● Handling became tighter as the stage wore on, but Custer was able to stay inside the top-10 before the stage ended.

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

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):                

● Started 12th, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

● During a lap-77 caution, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel, air pressure and chassis adjustments.

● Restarted in the 16th position and powered his Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates Ford Mustang to another top-10 stage finish.

● Crew chief Jeff Meendering radioed Custer to the pits at the conclusion of the stage for two fresh tires and fuel.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200):     

● Started fourth, finished 19th.

 Custer ran as high as second on the initial restart, but fell to eighth as those with fresher tires proved quicker.

● Pitted under caution on lap 137 for four fresh tires, fuel and chassis adjustments. Restarted in seventh.

● Custer ran inside the top-10 until lap 195 when he was forced to the pits due to a cut tire.

● The Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates crew changed four tires under green and sent Custer back out to finish the race.

 

Notes:                       

● Custer has earned the most points at 1.5-mile tracks among NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers this season with 326 points.

● Custer earned a total of five combined stage points.

● The Kansas Lottery 300 was the first race of the second round of the playoffs. Two more races remain before the season finale Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

● This was Custer’s 35th XFINITY Series start and his third at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

● Four cautions slowed the race for 20 laps.

Christopher Bell won the Kansas Lottery 300 to score his first career XFINITY Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Tyler Reddick was 2.670 seconds.

 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:                 

“We had a solid Haas Automation/Code 3 Ford Mustang. We fought hard to keep it in the top-10 and earned good stage points. There was nothing we could do at the end of the race because we ran over something late that crippled the right front. It’s just how it goes. There was a big cut in the tire and we had to pit. We ran well at Texas, so I still think we have a good shot at making it into the final four.”

 

Playoff Standings:                

1.     Justin Allgaier (3,066 points) +33

2.     William Byron (3,064 points -2) +31

3.     Elliott Sadler (3,055 points, -11) +22

4.     Brennan Poole (3,038 points, -28) +5

5.     Matt Tifft (3,033 points, -33) -5

6.     Ryan Reed (3,032 points, -34) -6

7.     Daniel Hemric (3,032 points, -34) -6

8.     Cole Custer (3,030 points, -36) -8

 

Next Up:                  

The next event on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule is the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race starts at 2:30 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cole Custer Returns To His Wheelhouse, 1 1/2 Mile Tracks

Cole Custer

Event: Kansas Lottery 300 (Round 30 of 33)

Date: Oct. 21, 2017

Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City

Layout: 1.5-mile oval

 

Cole Custer Notes of Interest
 

●  The Kansas Lottery 300 is the fourth of seven races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs and the first race in the second playoff round. Four drivers will be eliminated at the conclusion of the three-race round, narrowing the field to four drivers who will compete for a winner-take-all championship battle in the season finale Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

●  Cole Custer is fifth in the XFINITY Series Playoffs with 3,007 points, 19 points behind series leader William Byron. Custer starts the second round of the playoffs with two bonus points, earned by his two stage wins in the Sept. 23 race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

 

●  Kansas Speedway is the ninth of 11 1.5-mile tracks on the 2017 XFINITY Series schedule. Custer leads the 2017 XFINITY Series regular season drivers in points at 1.5-mile tracks with 303, he leads the series with a 7.8 average finish at 1.5-mile tracks, and he has led the most laps at 1.5-mile tracks this season with 90.

 

●  Custer is competing for his fifth consecutive top-10 finish. He has earned 10 top-10s in the last 13 races and three top-10s in the first three playoff races.

 

●  In 12 XFINITY Series starts and nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at 1.5-mile ovals, Custer has four top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. Custer has earned two top-fives this season at 1.5-mile tracks – Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on April 8 (fifth) and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Sept. 23 (fifth) – and finished in the top-10 at three other venues – Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 4 (10th), Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 27 (seventh) and Oct. 7 (sixth), and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on Sept. 16 (seventh).

 

●  Custer’s best finish in the 29 XFINITY Series races run this season is fourth, earned in the 11th race of the year June 3 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The result equaled Custer’s best career XFINITY Series finish, which he earned in his series debut at Charlotte in May 2016.

 

●  Custer has six top-fives and 18 top-10s in 34 career XFINITY Series starts.

 

●  At 19 years and 8 months old, Custer is the youngest driver in the playoffs.

 

●  Custer’s best qualifying effort in the 29 XFINITY Series races run this season is third, earned three times – April 22 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, June 10 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Sept. 23 at Kentucky. Custer has 21 top-10 starts and nine top-five starts this season.

 

●  Custer is third in the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year standings, 51 points behind leader William Byron and 15 points behind second-place Daniel Hemric. Custer has earned eight Rookie of the Race awards this season, three having come at 1.5-mile tracks (fifth at Texas, 11th Las Vegas Motor Speedway and sixth at Charlotte). Rookie of the Race awards are given to the highest-finishing rookie.

 

●  The Kansas Lottery 300 will mark Custer’s 35th career XFINITY Series start and his third XFINITY Series start at Kansas.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates Ford Mustang
 

You lead the XFINITY Series at 1.5-mile tracks and there are still three more of them to visit in the playoffs. Are you confident that you will perform well at the remainder of the intermediate tracks, and does this give you an advantage on the others?

 

“Mile-and-a-half tracks are what our Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates team looks forward to the most, and there’s no reason why we can’t go out and compete for wins at all of them. It’s going to be a tough round, so having some mile-and-a-half tracks will help us a lot.”

 

Not only are you in the playoffs for the first time, but you have advanced to the second round. How does a 19-year-old rookie feel after starting the season at Stewart-Haas Racing?

 

“It’s been pretty crazy to see how hard everyone has worked throughout the season to get us to where we are now. It would mean the world to our whole team to get to the final round in Homestead.”

 

Is it tough being a single-car team with minimal help in the majority of the races this season?

 

“Being a single-car team makes it a little bit harder on us. You don’t have a lot of teammates to rely on. Kevin (Harvick) runs the XFINITY car from time to time, so that helps a lot and we’ve learned a ton from it. I rely on Kevin the most. I ask him for advice going into pretty much every weekend about the track and what to expect going into it, especially these playoff races. I’ve never been in the playoffs before, so I asked him about what to expect. These guys have definitely helped me a ton and I don’t know if we would be as good without them.”

 

Jeff Meendering, Crew Chief of the No. 00 Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates Team
 

What are your expectations heading to another intermediate track where the team has run so well?

 

“We are bringing the car we ran really well with at Chicago, Chassis No. 1044. We feel that we have a good shot at winning this race. Cole has a lot of confidence in himself and that particular racecar. This round of the playoffs is tough. We know that we have to run up front in the next three races if we want to have a shot at a championship.”

Cole Custer Kansas Performance Profile
 

 

No. 00 Haas Automation Team Roster
Primary Team Members:

 

Driver: Cole Custer

Hometown: Ladera Ranch, California

 

Crew Chief: Jeff Meendering

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Car Chief: Eddie D’Hondt Jr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

 

Lead Engineer: Bruce Schlickler

Hometown: Clarksburg, West Virginia

 

Engine Specialist: Craig Herrmann

Hometown: Albany, New York

 

Spotter: Eddie D’Hondt Sr.

Hometown: East Islip, New York

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ryan Mulder

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

 

Front Tire Carrier: Tyler Bullard

Hometown: King, North Carolina

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris JacksonHometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Jeremy Howard

Hometown: Dalhant, Texas

 

Gas Man: Andrew Migliozzi

Hometown: West Borough, Massachusetts

 

Jackman: Sean Cotten

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Road Crew Members:

 

Truck Driver: Jason Gray

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Mechanic: Daren VanderLey

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

 

Mechanic: Michael Brill

Hometown: Woodsville, New Hampshire

 

Tire Specialist: Bryan Honeycutt

Hometown: Asheboro, North Carolina

 

Shock Specialist: Dave Hansen

Hometown: York, Maine

 

Pit Support: Chris Justice

Hometown: Greensboro, South Carolina

H​aas Automation Notes of Interest
 

The No. 00 Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates Ford Mustang will feature decals on the lower-rear quarter panel for:

 

●  State Fair Community College– Located at 3201 West 16th Street in Sedalia, Missouri, State Fair Community College (SFCC) provides relevant and innovative learning experiences that successfully prepare students for college transfer, career development and lifelong learning. SFCC is committed to being accessible and affordable; values collaborative partnerships; and strengthens and enriches the intellectual, economic and cultural vitality of the community it serves.

 

●  Haas Factory OutletKansas City, a division of NYMAT Machine Tool Corporation –Based at 15661 South Mahaffie in Olathe, Kansas, Haas Factory Outlet, Kansas City serves all of Kansas and Western Missouri. It is dedicated to providing the best service possible to ensure the Haas machines it sells provide the best overall value of any machine tool brand.

Code 3 Associates Notes of Interest
 

The No. 00 Haas Automation/Code 3 Associates Ford Mustang will feature Code 3 Associates on both sides of the car.

 

●  Code 3 Associates – Code 3 Associates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization specializing in animal rescue and recovery in disaster areas. Formed in 1985, Colorado-based Code 3 Associates is a national response team that, at the request of local government officials, provides animal rescue and recovery in times of disaster. The organization has evolved from one unpaid volunteer to approximately 75 professional responders and thousands of members around the country, which include animal welfare, law enforcement, fire, EMS and veterinary specialists from the United States and Canada. While its focus is animals and their owners, Code 3 Associates trains its responders to the standards of human rescue, and Code 3 Associates also provides training to conduct thorough investigations into animal welfare issues, all of which is accredited by Colorado State University and the school’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Playoff Standings (first race, Round of 8)  
 

1.        William Byron (3,026 points)

2.        Justin Allgaier (3,023 points, -3)

3.        Elliott Sadler (3,020 points, -6)

4.        Daniel Hemric (3,009 points, -17)

5.        Cole Custer (3,007 points, -19)

6.        Brennan Poole (3,006 points, -20)

7.        Ryan Reed (3,005 points, -21)

8.        Matt Tifft (3,004 points, -22)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Cole Custer Pulls Off A Sixth Place At Charlotte

Cole Custer
Date: Oct. 7, 2017

Event: Drive for the Cure 300 (Round 29 of 33)

Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series

Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

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

Start/Finish: 13th/6th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

Playoff Point Standings: 5th (3,007 points, 19 points out of first – ADVANCED TO ROUND 2)

 

Race Winner: Alex Bowman of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Daniel Suarez of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

 Cole Custer started 13th, finished ninth. Earned two bonus points.

● Piloted his Haas Automation Ford Mustang into the top-10 by lap 20.

● Noted a tight-handling condition, but managed to make a pass and gain one more position before the conclusion of the stage.

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

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):       

● Started 11th, finished eighth. Earned three bonus points.

● Custer continued to fight a tight-handling condition at the beginning of the stage.

● Ran as high as seventh during Stage 2 until his car’s balance shifted to being loose.

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

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200):

● Started eighth, finished sixth.

● After a caution on lap 141, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments. He restarted in the 11th position.

● Custer drove to eighth place before a final caution on lap 160, where he pitted for four more tires and fuel to restart back in 11th position.

● With 40 laps to go, Custer powered his way through the field to finish just outside of the top-five.

 

Notes:              

 Custer was the highest finishing rookie in the Drive for the Cure 300. It was his eighth rookie of the race award this season.

● Custer has earned the most points at 1.5-mile tracks among XFINITY Series drivers this season.

● Custer earned his 16th top-10 of the 2017 season, his 18th top-10 in 34 career XFINITY Series starts and his third top-10 at Charlotte.

● Custer’s sixth-place finish was his fourth-consecutive top-10 this season.

● Due to inclement weather, qualifying for the Drive for the Cure 300 was canceled. The field was set by owner points.

● This was the final race in the first round of the playoffs. Custer advanced to the second round and is seeded fifth.

● There were eight caution periods for 43 laps in the Drive for the Cure 300.

● Alex Bowman won the Drive for the Cure 300 to score his first career XFINITY Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Sam Hornish Jr. was 1.390 seconds.

 

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

“It was a really good night for us. We got our car better. We didn’t have the track position that we wanted, so I think we were more of a third- or fourth-place car, but our Haas Automation Mustang was really solid tonight. I was happy with the improvements we made through the weekend, so I’m looking forward to the next round. It’s going to be a dogfight, that’s for sure. Everybody in this next round has a lot of speed. I think if we can win a race it’s going to be huge. It will be tough, but we just have to really be on our game and fire on all cylinders.”

 

Playoff Standings:        

1.        William Byron (3,026 points)

2.        Justin Allgaier (3,023 points, -3)

3.        Elliott Sadler (3,020 points, -6)

4.        Daniel Hemric (3,009 points, -17)

5.        Cole Custer (3,007 points, -19)

6.        Brennan Poole (3,006 points, -20)

7.        Ryan Reed (3,005 points, -21)

8.        Matt Tifft (3,004 points, -22)

 

Failed to advance to the Round of 8

9.     Brendan Gaughan (2,079 points)

10.   Michael Annett (2,058 points)

11.   Blake Koch (2,055 points)

12.   Jeremy Clements (2,052 points)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!