Cole Custer:Wrong Place At The Right Time

Cole Custer
Date: Feb. 24, 2018

Event: Atlanta 250 (Round 2 of 33)

Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)

Format: 163 laps, broken into three stages (40 laps/40 laps/83 laps)

Start/Finish: 4th/39th (Accident, completed 10 of 163 laps)

Point Standing: 25th with 25 points


Race WinnerKevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste (Ford)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

● Cole Custer started fourth, finished 39th.

● Custer piloted the Haas Automation Ford inside the top-three in the opening laps of the race.

● On lap 11, Custer was contacted by the No. 42 car sending him into the wall, ultimately ending his day.



● This was Custer’s second NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

● Four cautions slowed the race for 21 laps.

● Only seven of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Kevin Harvick won the Atlanta 250 to score his 47th career Xfinity Series victory, first of the season and fifth at Atlanta. His margin of victory over second-place Joey Logano was 4.183 seconds.


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

“I was just kind of biding my time there trying to save my tires and I don’t even know exactly what happened. I just got hit going down the straightaway and got wrecked from there. It sucks because I thought we had a great Haas Automation Mustang. We’ll go on to the next one and battle our way back up in the playoff points standings.”


Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 3at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race starts at 4 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FS1.


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