Cole Custer Grabs An 8th Place Finish At Road Ameria

Cole Custer
Date: Aug. 27, 2017

Event: Johnsonville 180 (Round 23 of 33)


Location: Road America at Elkhart Lake (4-mile, 14-turn road course)

Format: 45 laps, broken into three stages (10 laps/10 laps/25 laps)

Start/Finish: 12th/8th (Running, completed 45 of 45 laps)

Point Standing: 6th (562 points, 276 out of first)


Race Winner: Jeremy Clements of Jeremy Clements Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: James Davison of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Daniel Hemric of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-10):

 Cole Custer started 12th, finished 19th.

● Custer ran just outside of the top-10 for the majority of the stage.

● During a lap-seven caution, Custer pitted for fuel and chassis adjustments. At the conclusion of thestage he opted to stay and gain track position.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 11-20):       

● Started seventh, finished 17th.

● Custer dealt with a tight-handling Haas Automation Ford Mustang throughout the second stage and shuffled back to 20th place.

● Custer pitted at the conclusion of Stage 2 for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 21-45): 

● Started 18th, finished eighth.

● On lap 28, Custer battled his way back into the top-10 before making a fuel-only pit stop under green-flag conditions.

● After green-flag pit stops cycled through, Custer piloted his Haas Automation Ford Mustang to third before tight-handling conditions continued to hamper his speed.



● Qualifying for the Johnsonville 180 was canceled due to inclement weather. Starting positions were set by owner points.

● Custer earned his 11th top-10 of the 2017 season and his 13th top-10 in 28 XFINITY Series starts.

● Four cautions slowed the race for eight laps.

● Jeremy Clements won the Johnsonville 180 to score his first career XFINITY Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Michael Annett was 5.802 seconds.


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

“We fought a lot of issues today and there were a lot of things I could’ve done better. To come home with a top-10 was pretty good with all of that considered. Jeff (Meendering, crew chief) made a great call at the end to get our Haas Automation Mustang some track position.”


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