Cole Custer Is Really Looking Forward To Kentucky

Cole Custer

NASCAR Xfinity Series Overview

Event: Alsco 300 (Round 17 of 33)

Date: July 13, 2018

Location: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta

Layout: 1.5-mile oval


Cole Custer Notes of Interest

●   The Alsco 300 will mark Cole Custer’s third career NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

●    Custer has earned three poles, six top-five finishes, 12 top-10s, and has led 114 laps in the 2018 Xfinity Series season.

●    Custer is third in the Xfinity Series driver standings, 26 points behind leader Elliott Sadler.

●    In 19 career Xfinity Series starts and nine Camping World Truck Series starts at 1.5-mile ovals, Custer has one win, eight top-five finishes, and 16 top-10s.

●    In 2017, Custer led the Xfinity Series with 422 points at 1.5-mile tracks.

●    Last year at Kentucky, Custer started third, led 49 laps and piloted the Haas Automation Ford to its first top-five at the track.

●    Custer’s best finish in the 16 Xfinity Series races this season is second on May 26 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

●    Custer has qualified inside the top-five at five of the last six races this season. He has earned six top-five starts and 12 top-10 starts in the 2018 Xfinity Series season.

●    The No. 00 Haas Automation Ford team is bringing Chassis No. 1113 to Kentucky. Chassis No. 1113 finished second at Charlotte and fourth at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.


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

You led 49 laps last year at Kentucky. Does that track feel better than some of the other 1.5-mile tracks?


“Last year in the second (Kentucky) race, we hit on a good setup, so I’m looking forward to coming back this year and building off that. We felt really confident at Kentucky last year and led some solid laps.”


Are 1.5-mile tracks going to be your bread and butter again this year?


“I think this year we’ve gotten better at all the tracks, but the mile-and-a-half tracks are still our strong suit. It feels good to know we’re getting better at them because Homestead is where we have to be our best.”


How determined are you to hunt down a regular-season win before the playoffs start, knowing that you have the cars to do it?


“We’ve been in the hunt for wins recently, so that makes us even more hungry to go out there and get one.”


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

Talk about the car you are taking to Kentucky.


“We are bringing Chassis No. 1113, which we ran at Charlotte and Texas. We feel extremely confident in this car as it always gives us a solid finish. We just have to be at the right place when it counts to finally pull off a win this season. We had a shot at Charlotte and Texas this year, and Cole is getting better every time we visit a 1.5-mile track. I would expect to see our best run, yet, if all goes well.”


Cole Custer Kentucky 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 Fedewa

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

●  Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) – Cleveland, a division of Midwest Mfg. Resources, an exclusive dealer of Haas Automation Machine Tools. Located at 1993 Case Parkway North, Twinsburg, OhioHFO Greensboro is the exclusive dealer for Haas Automation CNC machine tools in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Northeast & Southern Indiana. All Haas machines come with the most user-friendly CNC control in the industry, and the Haas Platinum One-Call policy provides expert service and dependable, immediate response. Midwest Mfg. Resources also support manufacturing education through the Haas Technical Education Centers at Sinclair Community College, Vincennes University and the University of Louisville, among others.


●  Sullivan College of Technology and Design – Located at 3901 Atkinson Square Drive Louisville, Kentucky, Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of its students. The institution offers career-focused curricula with increasing rigor from the certificate through diploma, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels. Upon completion of a program, the university provides employment assistance to graduates.


●  Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Located at 59 Corporate Drive Danville, Kentucky, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) transforms the Bluegrass Region one student, one employer, and one community at a time. With students at the heart of its mission, BCTC supports student access, success, and completion of educational goals through comprehensive services, high-quality career and technical education for workforce skills, transfer education for baccalaureate degrees, and life skills development.


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