Cole Custer Hopes To Keep His Consecutive Top Ten Finishes Streak Alive

Cole Custer

Event: Virginia529 College Savings 250 (Round 25 of 33)

Date: Sep. 8, 2017

Location: Richmond (Va.) Raceway

Layout: .75-mile oval


Cole Custer Notes of Interest

●  Cole Custer will compete for his fourth consecutive top-10 finish this weekend in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.


●  This will mark Custer’s fifth start at Richmond and his third NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the .75-mile oval. In his first XFINITY Series start at Richmond in April 2016, Custer claimed his first XFINITY Series top-10.


●  Custer is no stranger to victory lane at Richmond. In 2014, he took the checkered flag after leading 52 laps in the K&N Pro Series East race. In Custer’s four combined starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (two races) and NASCAR XFINITY Series (two races) at Richmond, Custer has a win, two top-five finishes, three top-10s and 76 laps led.


●  In 24 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, 24 top-10s and 919 laps led at tracks currently on the NASCAR circuit that are approximately a mile in length or shorter.


●  Custer’s best finish in the 24 XFINITY Series races run this season is fourth, earned June 3 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It was his 14th top-10 and fifth top-five and it equaled his career-best finish.


●  Custer’s best qualifying effort in the 24 XFINITY Series races run this season is third, earned twice – April 22 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and June 10 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Custer has 16 top-10 starts and six top-five starts this season.


●  Custer is third in the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year standings, 61 points behind leader William Byron and two points behind second-place Daniel Hemric.


●  Custer has earned six Rookie of the Race awards this season. Rookie of the Race awards aregiven to the highest-finishing XFINITY Series rookie at each race.


●  Custer has earned four top-five finishes, 12 top-10s and has led 29 laps so far in the 2017 XFINITY Series season.


●  Custer is sixth in the XFINITY Series championship standings, 268 points behind series leader Elliot Sadler.

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

You have a win, two top-five finishes and three top-10s at Richmond. What will it take to get your second win at Richmond?


“Richmond is a tough place because you’re just slipping and sliding the whole time, so I think you’ll definitely need a car that can be good on a long run to win there. It’s a really smooth track, but you just slide around like you’re on ice. It makes it really fun and challenging.”


What have you learned from your previous XFINITY Series run this year that you will take back to Richmond?


“Earlier in the year, we had a fast car in practice and missed it a little in the race, but we’ve learned a ton more about our short-track cars since then and feel like we can make it a lot better. I’m looking forward to this weekend because I think we will have a really strong run.”


With only two races left until the XFINITY Series playoffs, are you comfortable where you are in the standings to compete for a championship?


“After Darlington, we locked ourselves into the playoffs. Now, we just want to get as many playoff points as we can going in and I think this weekend is a great chance to do that.”

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

What are your thoughts on heading back to Richmond?


“I’m excited to go to Richmond. Cole had a good run there last year in the XFINITY race and I’ve been on several different teams that have had good runs at that track. Richmond takes a similar setup to Phoenix, where we were in line to have a good finish until we were involved in an accident toward the end of the race. We didn’t have the speed we needed to compete for a win earlier this year, so we’re going to experiment with a different setup which will hopefully carry over to Phoenix later in the playoffs.”

Cole Custer Richmond 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 carry decals on the bottom-rear quarter panel for:


●  Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) – Phillips, a division of Phillips Corp., an exclusive dealer for Haas Automation CNC machine tools. With its main office at 8500 Triad Drive in Colfax, North Carolina, HFO Greensboro has Haas Factory Outlets in North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama – including locations at the Spartanburg (S.C.) Community College Haas Technical Education Center and the Barber Motorsports Museum near Birmingham, Alabama. Each location offers Haas sales, service, training, applications support and spare parts.


●  Nash Community College – Located at 522 North Old Carriage Road in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Nash Community College was founded in 1967 and is a public, two-year, post-secondary educational institute with an open-door admissions policy. As a comprehensive community college, 86 academic programs are offered, many of which lead to a degree, diploma or certificate. Included are two-year technical and college transfer programs which give students the knowledge and expertise required for challenging careers or a successful transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Vocational, occupational, business, and industry-related programs are offered, which prepare students for jobs and provide a skilled workforce for the area.


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