Custer’s Season Is Really Ramping Up

Cole Custer

Event: Zippo 200 (Round 20 of 33)

Date: August 4, 2018

Location: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International

Layout: 2.45-mile road course


Cole Custer Notes of Interest

●  The Zippo 200 will mark Custer’s second NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.


●  While the Zippo 200 will be Custer’s second Xfinity Series start at Watkins Glen, it will be his fifth overall start at the 2.45-mile road course. In Custer’s three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at The Glen, he earned a pole, two top-five finishes and led 17 laps. He finished 12th in his Watkins Glen Xfinity Series debut in 2017.


●  Custer has three overall road course starts in the Xfinity Series. His best Xfinity Series finish at a road course is eighth – earned Aug. 27, 2017 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.


●  Custer’s four pole awards this season leads all Xfinity Series regulars.


●  Custer’s best finish in the 19 Xfinity Series races run this season is second, earned in the 11th event May 26 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.


●  Custer has earned four poles, seven top-five finishes, 15 top-10s, and has led 232 laps in the 2018 Xfinity Series season.


●  Custer has qualified inside the top-five at eight of the last nine races this season. He has earned 14 top-five starts and 15 top-10 starts in the 2018 Xfinity Series season.


●  Custer is third in the Xfinity Series driver standings, 18 points behind series leader Daniel Hemric.


●  Last weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Custer led a season-high 104 laps, earned his first stage win of the season and secured the Haas Automation Ford team’s 15th top-10 of the season.


●  He is joined at The Glen by Stewart-Haas Racing w/ Biagi-DenBeste teammate Aric Almirola in the No. 98 Go Bowling Ford Mustang.


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

With three of the next six races being road-course events, how important is it to run well at Watkins Glen? 


“This is definitely one of the most unique stretches of races we have all year – three road courses, a short track, Darlington and Indianapolis. We have to start strong in this stretch because it doesn’t get any easier – especially when you have guys fighting hard to make it into the playoffs. We aren’t going to run conservatively, though. We’re in this to win and we haven’t gotten one, yet. We had a decent race last year at Watkins Glen and ran up front for a while. It’s extremely important that we take notes and learn from this race heading into Mid-Ohio and Road America.”


Do you enjoy road-course racing? 


“I never really grew up road racing or anything but, when I started doing it, I thought it was one of the more fun things we do here throughout the season. I feel like it was something I started getting better at and there was a different level of competition in road-course racing. I’m really looking forward to all of the road courses coming up this season.”


What will it take to run a successful race at Watkins Glen? 


“First, you have to be good as a driver. However, Watkins Glen is one of the tracks where the car comes into play more than most road courses. It’s definitely a fast track and one of the more fun places we go to.”


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

What car are you bringing to Watkins Glen and how important is it to succeed at road courses this season?


“We’re bringing a brand new car to Watkins Glen this weekend. We’re excited to start with a fresh car and really dial in our road-course program. It’s extremely important to start out on the right foot at the road-course races because we have Mid-Ohio, Road America, and the Charlotte Roval road course.”


Cole Custer Watkins Glen 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 AutomationHaas 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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