Cole Custer Has Bad Timing and Bad Luck At Iowa

Cole Custer

Date:  June 24, 2017

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

Series:  NASCAR XFINITY Series

Location:  Iowa Speedway in Newton (.875-mile oval)

Format:  250 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/130 laps)

Start/Finish:  38th/24th (Running, completed 249 of 250 laps)

Point Standing:  7th (322 points, 180 out of first)


Race Winner:  William Byron of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner:  Brendan Gaughan of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):

Started 38th, finished 19th.

Qualified 24th, but had to start at the rear of the field after sustaining a flat right-rear tire in qualifying.

● Battled a tight-handling racecar at the beginning of the stage, particularly in the middle of the corners.

● Pitted for four tires and fuel with chassis adjustments at the end of the stage.(Right-rear tire was losing air pressure prior to stop.)


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):        

Started 15th, finished 13th.

Despite changes, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang remained tight in the middle of the corners.

● Caution on lap 114 allowed Custer to pit for four tires, fuel and tire pressure adjustments.

● Stayed out at the end of the stage.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 121-250):              

Started 13th, finished 24th.

Cracked the top-10 with 96 laps to go.

● Ran as high as sixth by lap 155.

● Running seventh when caution came out on lap 163. Stayed out to maintain track position.

● Made scheduled, four-tire pit stop under green-flag conditions on lap 219. But caution came out during pit stop, trapping Custer on pit road and putting him a lap down. Restarted in 24th position on lap 230.

● Tight-handling condition persisted through the end of the race.



This was Cole Custer’s first NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Iowa Speedway and his 19th career XFINITY Series start.

● There were nine caution periods for a total of 65 laps.

● Nineteen of the 40 drivers in the American Ethanol E15 250 finished on the lead lap.

● William Byron won the American Ethanol E15 250 to score his first career XFINITY Series win. His margin of victory over second-place Ryan Sieg was 1.140 seconds. Byron led five times for 78 laps, including the final 21.

● Elliott Sadler leads the championship standings with 502 points and has a 25-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Justin Allgaier.


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

“The car didn’t start our great, but we worked hard to make our Haas Automation Ford Mustang better throughout the race. We had a top-10 car, just had back luck on pit strategy. Nothing we could do about it.”


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