Cole Custer Grabs A 6th Place Finish At ACS

Cole Custer
Date: March 17, 2018

Event: Roseanne 300 (Round 5 of 33)

Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series

Location: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California  (2-mile oval)

Format: 150 laps, broken into three stages (35 laps/35 laps/80 laps)

Start/Finish: 4th/6th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Point Standing: 6th with 144 points

 

Race Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-35):

Cole Custer started fourth, finished third. Earned eight bonus points.

● Custer piloted the Haas Automation Ford to the second position by lap two.

● During the stage, he noted visibility and handling issues due to sand on the windshield and tight-handling conditions.

● After a lap-33 caution, the stage concluded under caution. He pitted for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 36-70):

● Custer started third, finished sixth. Earned five bonus points.

● Custer fell to the sixth position during the restart, but battled back to third place on lap 48.

● On lap 69, the caution flag was raised due to a cut tire on the No. 42 car, ultimately ending Stage 2 under caution.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments, and gained one position on pit road.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 71-150):

● Custer started fifth, finished sixth.

● Custer piloted his Haas Automation Ford Mustang in and around the top-five until a lap-96 caution.

● During the caution, crew chief Jeff Meendering radioed Custer to the pits for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

● Custer climbed to as high as second and ran inside the top-10 before another caution on lap 139. He pitted for four tires and fuel.

● Custer restarted in the third position behind a car on older tires. As a result, he was caught in traffic and battled just outside of the top-five before the conclusion of the race.

 

Notes:              

● This was Custer’s second NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

● This marks Custer’s first top-10 at Auto Club and third top-10 of the season.

● This was Custer’s third straight top-10.

● Custer earned 13 bonus points in the Roseanne 300.

● Only 22 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Seven cautions slowed the race for 32 laps.

Joey Logano won the Roseanne 300 to score his 29th career Xfinity Series victory, first of the season and third at Auto Club Speedway. His margin of victory over second-place Justin Allgaier was 1.429 seconds.

 

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

“We had good speed today out of our Haas Automation Ford Mustang, but we got caught up there on the final restart behind the 39 car who was on old tires. I don’t know if we had enough to compete with the 22 car, but we definitely had a top-three car. It was a good day for the team and I’m glad we were able to put on a good race for my hometown fans.”

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the My Bariatrics Solutions 300 on Saturday, March 17 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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