Custer Earned Nineteen Bonus Points At Iowa

Cole Custer
Date: July 28, 2018

Event: U.S. Cellular 250 (Round 19 of 33)

Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series

Location: Iowa Speedway in Newton (.875-mile oval)

Format: 250 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/130 laps)

Start/Finish: 2nd/9th (Running, completed 257 of 257 laps)

Point Standing: 3rd with 684 points


Race Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota) in overtime

Stage 1 Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):

Cole Custer started second, finished first and earned 10 bonus points.

● After a lap-19 caution, Custer took the lead.

● He held the Haas Automation Ford in the lead until the stage concluded.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel, and adjustments at the end of the stage.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):

● Custer started first, finished second and earned nine bonus points.

● Custer lost the lead in the opening laps but made the pass to the front of the field on lap 82.

● He held the lead until the closing laps of Stage 2 and just missed his second stage win of the race.

● He pitted at the end of the stage for four fresh tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 121-257):

● Custer started first, finished ninth.

● Custer piloted the Haas Automation Ford in the lead until lap 154.

● After pitting under green on lap 198, Custer made contact with the No. 55 car but steered his car back to second place.

● Custer pitted during a lap-240 caution for four fresh tires and fuel. He fell back to 11th place.

● During a final restart after a red-flag caution, Custer held the Haas Automation Ford inside the top-10.



● This marks Custer’s 15th top-10 of the season and third at Iowa.

● Custer earned 19 bonus points in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa.

● Custer led three times for a total of 104 laps.

● Six cautions slowed the race for 41 laps.

● Only 12 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Christopher Bell won the U.S. Cellular 250 to score his fifth career Xfinity Series victory, fourth of the season and first at Iowa. His margin of victory over second-place Justin Allgaier was 1.398 of a second.


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

“Stewart-Haas Racing gave us a car to compete today and I just couldn’t get it done at the end. Thanks to everyone at Ford and Haas Automation for giving us a fast car again. We lead a ton of laps, but didn’t come home with the win.”


Next Up:           

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Zippo 200 on Saturday, August 4 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.


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