Stewart-Haas Racing’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Cole Custer made a stellar four-wide pass for the lead at Kentucky Speedway on the final lap to take his first career NASCAR Cup Series checkered flag. It was the first time a rookie has won in the NASCAR Cup Series since Chris Buescher accomplished the feat at Pocono in 2016. Not only did he win his way into the All-Star Race on Wednesday night, he has now guaranteed his spot in Playoffs and chance at a run for the title.
Currently 20th in points, Custer’s win lifted a lot of the regular season pressure off of his team to make the postseason. Now the 22-year old from Ladera Ranch, California can focus on honing his skills, padding his points standings position, and collecting Playoff points with less consequence. In 17 starts this season, he has posted one win, two top fives and three top 10s. His average finish is 19.5.
This weekend will be Custer’s series track debut at Texas Motor Speedway, but he is no stranger to the 1.5-mile track. He has made six NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Texas, posting one win (2018), four top fives and five top 10s.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!