Cole Custer Thinks The Intermediate Tracks Will Be His Best Chances For Victory

Cole Custer

Event: Alsco 300 (Round 16 of 33)

Date: July 7, 2017

Location: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta

Layout: 1.5-mile oval

Cole Custer Notes of Interest

●  The Alsco 300 will mark Cole Custer’s 21st career NASCAR XFINITY Series start and his second XFINITY Series start at Kentucky Speedway.

●  In Custer’s first XFINITY Series race at Kentucky a year ago, he ran in and around the top-10 until he was struck by a lapped car while exiting his pit stall, ultimately ending his day on lap 138 of the 200-lap race.

●  Custer’s best finish in the 15 XFINITY Series races run this season is fourth, earned in the 11th race of the year 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 20 career XFINITY Series starts.

●  Custer’s best qualifying effort in the 15 XFINITY Series races run this season is third, earned in the seventh race of the year April 22 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Custer has eight top-10 starts and three top-five starts this season.

●  In eight XFINITY Series starts and nine Camping World Truck Series starts at 1.5-mile tracks, Custer has three top-five finishes and nine top-10s. Custer has earned three top-10s this season at 1.5-mile tracks – Texas (fifth), Charlotte (seventh) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (10th).

●  Custer is third in the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year standings, 47 points behind leader William Byron and one point behind second-place Daniel Hemric. Custer has earned five Rookie of the Race awards this season, three of which have come at 1.5-mile tracks – fifth at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, seventh at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and 11th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

●  Custer is seventh in the XFINITY Series driver standings, 216 points behind series leader Elliot Sadler.

●  Custer has been the highest-finishing XFINITY Series regular driver in four races this season – Charlotte, Dover, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Texas.

●  Custer has earned two top-five finishes, six top-10s, and has led 29 laps in the 2017 XFINITY Series season.

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

Explain racing around Kentucky.

It’s a different place because it’s almost like Texas Motor Speedway, but with opposite corners. Turns one and two are pretty fast where you’re almost wide open on the throttle. Turns three and four, you have to use the brake and have to turn the center pretty good. It’s just two different ends that you have to deal with at Kentucky, but it’s an awesome track to go to.

Are you looking forward to getting back to an intermediate track?

“Yeah. I think the intermediate tracks have been really good for us and our Haas Automation Ford Mustang. Hopefully, we can bring the same kind of consistency. I think we’ve put a lot of emphasis on our bodies and chassis at the intermediate tracks and have tested at a few, as well.”

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

What are your thoughts about heading to Kentucky Speedway this weekend?

“After having a good run at Texas earlier in the year, we are anticipating another good run at Kentucky. Kentucky and Texas have very similar track surfaces and the tire we run at the two tracks is really close to one another. We are bringing one of our better cars this weekend. Chassis 970 was fast at Charlotte and California.”

Cole Custer Kentucky 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:


●  Breckinridge County Area Technology Center – Located at 1915 East Highway 60 in Harned, Kentucky, Breckinridge County Area Technology Center is a small technology center located in central Kentucky. In spite of its size, it is the flagship machine tool program in the state. Students start focusing on getting admitted into the program while in middle school and, upon graduation, most students pursue a career related to this training. In the last 17 years, students have won medals at the national SkillsUSA conference on five occasions and have placed in the top-10 more than 25 times in various competitions. At the state level, it has won more than 50 gold medals during this time. Because of the success in SkillsUSA, it is the only school in Kentucky and one of only eight machine tool programs in the nation to be asked to participate in the NASA H.U.N.C.H. program, which stands for High Schools Unite with NASA to Create Hardware. In this program, students work with an engineer from NASA to produce training components for the International Space Station.


●  Haas Factory Outlet Cleveland, a division of Midwest Mfg.Resources – Locatedat1993 Case Parkway North in Twinsburg, Ohio, Haas Factory outlet Cleveland is the exclusive dealer for Haas Automation CNC machine tools in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Northeast and Southern Indiana. All Haas machines come with the most user-friendly CNC control in the industry, and the Haas Platinum One-Call policy provides expert service and dependable, immediate response. Midwest Manufacturing Resources also supports manufacturing education through the Haas Technical Education Centers at Sinclair Community College, Vincennes University and the University of Louisville, among others.


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