● The Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the second of 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks on the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule.
● Custer has competed in two career races at Las Vegas – one last year in the Xfinity Series and one in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Custer finished 11th in the Xfinity Series start and third in his Truck Series start.
● In 16 Xfinity Series starts and nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at 1.5-mile ovals, Custer has one win, six top-five finishes and 14 top-10s.
● Custer earned four top-five finishes in the Xfinity Series last season at 1.5-mile tracks – April 8 and Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (fifth each time), Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (fifth) and Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (first). He also finished in the top-10 at three other venues – March 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (10th), May 27 and Oct. 7at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (seventh and sixth, respectively) and Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (seventh).
● This weekend, NASCAR is headed West. Custer, a native of Ladera Ranch, California, grew up racing in grassroots series across the Western United States. He began racing at the Bullring at Las Vegas in 2011, earning a victory in the USAC Young Gun division to help him secure the USAC National Focus Young Gun championship. Then, in 2012, he became the youngest Late Model division winner at the Bullring, also earning the NASCAR Nevada Rookie of the Year title.
● No. 00 Haas Automation Ford crew chief Jeff Meendering isn’t a stranger to success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Meendering was the NASCAR Cup Series crew chief for Bobby Labonte throughout the 2008 season, earning a 17th-place finish at Las Vegas in his third race with the team. He has come close to victory lane at the 1.5-mile oval as a car chief for Jeff Gordon, earning a fourth-place finish in 2005, a fifth-place finish in 2006 and a second-place finish in 2007.
● In 2017, Custer led the Xfinity Series with 422 points at mile-and-a-half tracks.
● Custer is 25th in the Xfinity Series standings with 25 points.
● Last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Custer started fourth and ran within the top-three during the opening laps. On lap 11, he was contacted by another car, sending his Haas Automation Ford into the wall, ultimately ending his day. His Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste teammate Kevin Harvick brought the Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang to victory lane after dominating all three stages of the race.
● Custer will pull a double-duty weekend by making his Cup Series debut Sunday at Las Vegas driving the No. 51 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Rick Ware Racing.