Cole Custer
Stewart Haas Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Custer was a little slow to start, but finished last season strong. He would end up with one victory and 26 Top-10 finishes. Custer would pilot the team's Ford in the season finale at Homestead and race for the championship. The SHR youngster put on an impressive show, winning the pole and leading 95 laps, but he would fall second to Tyler Reddick in the race and the championship. It was a great campaign for the 21-year-old and good development of his racing skill. Custer will return to the team and seek the championship again in 2019, although he'll have to do it with a new crew chief. Jeff Meendering moved to Joe Gibbs Racing during the off-season, so Custer will have a new face atop the tool box in the upcoming season. Read Past Outlooks
Fast Kansas Practice
XFINITY Series
October 18, 2019
Custer was fastest in opening practice for the Kansas Lottery 300 Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 173.544 mph.
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The No. 00 Ford Mustang beat out a duo of Chevy Camaros to claim the fastest lap in opening Kansas practice. Custer edged Tyler Reddick for the fastest lap of the session. The Stewart Haas Racing driver is coming off his seventh victory of the season the last time out at Dover. Custer will contend for the win in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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One of the strongest performing and most impressive drivers of the stretch run last season was Custer. He earned more points (383) than any other driver over the final 10 races of last season. Custer also racked up one win and eight Top-10 finishes during that stretch run. His victory came in the season finale at Homestead and served as an exclamation point on this season, and a peek of the future. Custer wound up an impressive fifth in the final point standings, and that will be a mark to shoot past in 2018. This driver/team/operation gelled at the end of last season, now they're set to impress. We look for Custer to win multiple races in the upcoming season and to challenge for the championship.
This young driver was so talented that Dale Earnhardt Jr. basically started a truck series team from scratch just to give Custer a ride the last two seasons. He opened eyes when he became the youngster winner in NASCAR touring series history at age 16 and that made Earnhardt a believer in his skills. Custer's time in the truck series is now complete with two wins and 24 Top 10's spread across just 42 starts. He'll take over the initial entry into the Xfinity Series by Stewart Haas Racing. This new team and rookie driver will go head-to-head with William Byron for the ROTY honors in 2017. Custer will be teamed with talented crew chief, Jeff Meendering, in the No. 00 Ford team. New teams can be surprising or they can be underperforming. In the case of Custer, his talent should elevate this team quickly to overcome any growing pains.
This skilled young driver makes the jump from part-time competition to full-time competition in this racing series this season. Custer opened eyes in 2014 at the age of 16 when he became the youngest winner in Camping World Truck Series history with his big win at Loudon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. saw enough of the young Californian tearing up the K&N Pro Series in both the East and West to put together a part-time truck series team for him. Custer hasn’t disappointed since given the opportunity. In just 19-combined starts over the last two years, he’s claimed two wins, three poles and 10 Top-10 finishes in those 19 starts. It will be exciting to see what Custer can do in a full 23-race slate. The sky’s the limit for this young driver and strong race team.
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Wins the Drive Sober 200
XFINITY Series
October 5, 2019
Custer won the Drive Sober 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Fast Xfinity Happy Hour
XFINITY Series
October 4, 2019
Custer was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Drive Sober 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 151.292 mph.
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Third at Richmond
XFINITY Series
September 21, 2019
Custer finished third in the Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway Friday night.
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Claims Xfinity Pole at Vegas
XFINITY Series
September 14, 2019
Custer won the pole for the Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 181.372 mph.
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Declared Winner at Darlington
XFINITY Series
August 31, 2019
It looked like more of the same at Darlington Raceway for driver Denny Hamlin - until post-race inspection happened. A five-time NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at the 1.366-mile track, Hamlin was first across the finish line in Saturday's Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200, but the disqualification of Hamlin's No. 18 Toyota for a ride-height violation made a winner of Custer, who trailed Hamlin by .602 seconds at the finish line, NASCAR.com reports.
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