Cole Custer Previews The DC Solar 200 At Phoenix

Cole Custer

Event: DC Solar 200 (Round 4 of 33)

Date: March 10, 2018

Location: ISM Raceway near Phoenix

Layout: Mile oval

Cole Custer Notes of Interest

●  The DC Solar 200 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix is the first of five mile-oval tracks during the 33-race season.


●  The DC Solar 200 will be Custer’s third Xfinity Series start and his ninth overall at Phoenix. Custer has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and three NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts at the mile oval. Custer’s best Truck Series finish is third in 2014 and, that same year, he won the K&N Pro Series race. Custer also has a K&N Series pole at Phoenix, earned in 2013 when he first competed at the track.


●  In 41 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, 26 top-10s and 919 laps led at tracks that are a mile in length or shorter.


●  Last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Custer ran as high as first place, earned bonus points, and secured his first top-10 finish of the 2018 Xfinity Series season.


●  Custer’s best start this season was fourth – earned twice at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 24 and at Las Vegas last weekend.


●  Custer has three top-five finishes, six top-10s, two poles, one win and has led 111 laps in eight career Xfinity, Truck and K&N starts at Phoenix.


●  Custer has one win, eight top-five finishes, 22 top-10s and has led 306 laps in 41 career Xfinity Series starts.


●  Custer is 13th in the Xfinity Series standings with 63 points.

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

Was a top-10 finish at Las Vegas what you needed to take some pressure off after bad luck to start the season?


“We had a lot of speed throughout the race but some runs didn’t go our way. It was just good to have a solid day and get some stage points because we haven’t had a race without bad luck, yet. We’re hoping to get back in a consistent routine and find some solid finishes each week.”


Is Phoenix going to be a good track for the Haas Automation team?


“I think it’s going to be a great weekend as long as we can finish without any issues. I’m looking forward to Phoenix because we ran well there last year and we have some ideas on how to get even better. I think we’ll keep trending upward from there.”


You have a win at Phoenix. What is it about this track that fits your driving style?


“I’ve been lucky enough to drive some fast cars there, but I think I’ve taken to flat tracks fairly well and it’s a feel I just like. We had a quick Haas Automation Ford Mustang there last season so, with the notes we have now, we should be even quicker. ”

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

What car are you bringing to Phoenix?


“Our Phoenix car is brand new. We built it for the flange-fit composite body last year, so we’re excited to unload it. We had good speed in Vegas and now we have a little more confidence heading to Phoenix since we were able to finish a race without any bad luck and secure a top-10 finish.”

Cole Custer Phoenix 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: Tim Feduwa

Hometown: Holt, Michigan

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Front Tire Changer: Ryan Mulder

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa


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

About Haas Automation: Haas Automation, Inc., is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. Founded by Gene Haas in 1983, Haas Automation manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers, and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are built in the company’s 1.1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets that provides the industry’s best sales, service and support while offering unparalleled cost-to-

performance value.


Haas VF-1: This year marks the 30th anniversary of Haas Automation’s very first vertical machining center – the industry-leading VF-1. The “V” in the model name stands for vertical – an industry-standard designation for a vertical mill – and company founder Gene Haas added “F1” to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One.” Introduced at IMTS 88 in Chicago, the Haas VF-1 established an industry milestone, by being the very first American-built vertical machining center to sell for less than $50,000, an unheard-of price at that time. With a published price of $49,900 – another industry first – the Haas VF-1 quickly became the industry benchmark for affordable CNC technology. Today, the Haas VF-1 still sells for less than $50,000.


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