Cole Custer Returns To The Site Of His First K&N Pro East Victory, Iowa

Cole Custer

Event: American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen (Round 14 of 33)

Date: June 24, 2017

Location: Iowa Speedway in Newton

Layout: .875-mile oval


Cole Custer Notes of Interest

●  The American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen will mark Cole Custer’s 19th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start and his first XFINITY Series start at Iowa Speedway in Newton.


●  While the American Ethanol E15 250 will be Custer’s first XFINITY Series start at Iowa, it will be his eighth overall start at the .875-mile oval. Custer has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and four NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts at Iowa.


●  Custer scored his first career Pro Series East victory Aug. 2, 2013 at Iowa from the pole. At 15 years, 6 months and 10 days, he became the youngest winner in Pro Series history. In addition to breaking Dylan Kwasniewski’s record for youngest race winner by nearly six months, Custer also became the first driver to lead every lap (150) in the combination East/West race.


●  Custer’s best Truck Series finish at Iowa is second, earned in 2016. Custer finished .431 of a second behind race-winner William Byron, who he’s now competing with for XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year honors.


●  Custer has earned a win, a pole, four top-fives, six top-10s and has led 237 laps in his seven career starts at Iowa. He was only one position away in the 2014 Pro Series East race from earning a top-10 in all seven finishes.


●  Custer is striving to earn his fifth consecutive top-10 in the American Ethanol E15 250. He comes into Iowa fresh off a 10th-place finish last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.


●  Custer’s best finish in the 13 XFINITY Series races run this season is fourth, earned in the 11th event June 3 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It was his eighth top-10 and third top-five and it equaled his career-best finish in 18 career XFINITY Series starts.


●  Custer is third in the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year standings, 20 points behind leader Byron and one point behind second-place Daniel Hemric.


●  Custer is tied with Byron for the most Rookie of the Race awards with five this season. Rookie of the Race awards are given to the highest-finishing XFINITY Series rookie at each race.


●  Custer is eighth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver standings, 151 points behind series leader Elliot Sadler.


●  Custer’s best qualifying effort in the 13 XFINITY Series races run this season is third, earned in the seventh race of the season April 22 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Custer has eight top-10 starts and three top-five starts this season.


●  Since 2015 across 18 XFINITY Series starts, 42 Camping World Truck Series starts, 29 K&N Pro Series starts and five ARCA Series starts, Custer has earned three wins, two poles, six top-fives, 13 top-10s and has led 689 laps at tracks currently on the NASCAR circuit that are less than a mile in length.


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

What was it like to get your first win and pole at Iowa Speedway while leading all 150 laps to become the youngest winner in Pro Series history?


“It was definitely a day I’ll remember. I can’t explain how amazing it felt. Iowa is a special place for our Haas Automation race team. I feel like that win gave me a lot of confidence because it was my first in the K&N Series and I always look forward to coming back. I just love the track. The fans are awesome and it was always one of my favorite tracks growing up. I can’t believe I got to go there and go to victory lane.”


Why do you seem to run so well at Iowa?


“I honestly don’t know. I guess it’s just a place that’s natural for me and I’ve always had fast cars there. I grew up running local short tracks, so I was able to familiarize myself with them more than others.”


Your team has gained a lot of momentum over the past few races. How do you feel heading to Iowa?


“We’ve been on a pretty good roll for a few weeks now, and hopefully we can keep our consistency going. I feel like we’ve learned a lot since our last short-track race, so I think we’ll have a strong Haas Automation Ford Mustang. I’m confident heading into Iowa knowing that our Stewart-Haas Racing team can put together fast cars each week.”


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

What are your thoughts on racing at Iowa?


“I’ve personally never been to Iowa, but I am looking forward to going there knowing the success Cole has had at that track. I feel like our short-track program is getting better after having a good run going at Phoenix and being fast in practice at Richmond before making a bad adjustment for the race. With the Cup guys being in Sonoma, this is a good opportunity for us to contend for a win.”

Cole Custer Iowa 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

Haas Automation Notes of Interest

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


●  Des Moines Area Community College – Located at 2006 South Ankeny Blvd in Ankeny, Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology AAS program prepares applicants for a wide variety of manufacturing tasks in industry. Successful applicants will learn the basic elements of welding, fabrication, there are experts from Magna Fabrication that can help with this as well. computer numerical controlled machine operation, computer-aided drafting and design, machining and workplace skills. Graduates will be positioned for employment by a wide variety of manufacturers throughout the state and nation.


●  Haas Factory Outlet Minneapolis, a division of Productivity, Inc., located at15150 25th Avenue N in Minneapolis, Minnesota,Haas Factory Outlet Minneapolisis the exclusive Haas Automation CNC machine tool distributor for all of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Western Wisconsin. It has satellite offices in Iowa and Nebraska. Haas Automation has a full line of dependable, American-built CNC vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary indexers and tables – all with outstanding after-sales support and service. Productivity also supports manufacturing education through the Haas Technical Education Centers at Dunwoody College of Technology, the University of North Dakota and Northeast Iowa Community College, among others.TIL


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