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
Wins Production Alliance Group 300
XFINITY Series
March 16, 2019
Custer won the Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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A bad, late-race pit stop by Kyle Busch would kick open the door for Custer to take control. The Stewart Haas Racing youngster would then win a wrestling match with Christopher Bell to take the lead. Custer would lead the final 19 laps after green put the field back in motion. The driver of the No. 00 Ford held off a rallying Busch in the closing laps to capture his first win of the season. It was Custer's third-career Xfinity Series victory.
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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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Leads Xfinity Practice at Auto Club Speedway
XFINITY Series
March 15, 2019
Custer was fastest in opening practice for the Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 177.039 mph.
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Awarded Las Vegas Xfinity Pole
XFINITY Series
March 2, 2019
For the second week in a row, Custer will lead the field to the green flag due to a NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying washout. Custer inherited the top starting spot for the Boyd Gaming 300 when qualifying was cancelled due to rain at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, setting the field by the NASCAR Rule Book, speedsport.com reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Atlanta
XFINITY Series
February 23, 2019
Custer finished second in the Rinnai 250 Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Awarded Provisional Pole at Atlanta
XFINITY Series
February 23, 2019
Custer will start on the pole for Saturday's Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after qualifying was rained out. The lineup was set by owner points from last season, NBC Sports reports.
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Fast First Xfinity Practice
XFINITY Series
February 22, 2019
Custer was fastest in opening practice for the Rinnai 250 Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 178.218 mph.
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