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Cole Custer (born January 23, 1998) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Cole Custer
Cole Custer Road America 2017.jpg
Custer at Road America in 2017
Born (1998-01-23) January 23, 1998 (age 21)
Ladera Ranch, California
AchievementsYoungest winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
3 races run over 1 year
2018 position63rd
Best finish63rd (2018)
First race2018 Pennzoil 400 (Las Vegas)
Last race2018 Federated Auto Parts 400 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
81 races run over 4 years
Car no., teamNo. 00 (Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste)
2018 position2nd
Best finish2nd (2018)
First race2016 ToyotaCare 250 (Richmond)
Last race2019 Allied Steel Buildings 200 (Dover)
First win2017 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Last win2019 ToyotaCare 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 54 7
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
42 races run over 3 years
2016 position10th
Best finish10th (2016)
First race2014 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win2014 UNOH 175 (Loudon)
Last win2015 American Ethanol Presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 (Gateway)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 24 5
Statistics current as of May 4, 2019.

Contents

Racing careerEdit

Custer began racing quarter midgets at age four. In 2011, Custer won the USAC National Focus Young Guns Championship. The following year, Custer began racing late models, winning ten races and earning Rookie of the Year honors.[1]

Touring seriesEdit

 
Custer's No. 00 Pro Series East car at Richmond International Raceway in 2013

In 2013 Custer joined the K&N Pro Series East, making his debut at Bristol Motor Speedway[1] for Ken Schrader Racing. During the season at Iowa Speedway, Custer won the pole position, led every lap, a record for a combination race, and won, becoming the youngest race winner in K&N Pro Series history at age 15, beating Dylan Kwasniewski's record by six months.[2][N 1] Custer would win again at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also from the pole.[5][6] He finished eighth in the series standings.[7] Custer later ran in the K&N Pro Series West's season-ending race. Custer led every single lap, but was turned by Gray Gaulding on the final lap, and finished sixth.[7]

In the 2014 season, Custer won the Pro Series West opener at Phoenix International Raceway, holding off Greg Pursley and Brennan Newberry on the green–white–checker finish.[8]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

 
Custer at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015

In 2014, Custer joined Haas Racing Development to run nine races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, making his debut in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.[7] Custer started the race 9th, and finished 12th.[9] In qualifying for the Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park, Custer set the track record with a 136.426 miles per hour (219.556 km/h) lap speed, becoming the youngest pole winner in NASCAR history.[10]

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014, Custer won the Camping World Truck Series' UNOH 175 from the pole, becoming the youngest winner in the history of NASCAR's national touring series at 16 years, 7 months and 28 days.[11][N 2]

On January 12, 2015, JR Motorsports announced that Custer would drive a truck for them in ten races in 2015.[12] On June 13, Custer won the Truck race at Gateway Motorsports Park, holding off the No. 23 truck of Spencer Gallagher, after the dominating trucks of Erik Jones and Matt Crafton were involved in two wrecks at laps 142 and 152.

When he turned 18 years old in 2016, JR Motorsports began fielding the No. 00 truck for Custer full-time, competing for the Rookie of the Year title. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the Chevrolet Silverado 250, John Hunter Nemechek and Custer were battling for the lead when Nemechek bumped Custer before running both Custer and himself off-road, pinning Custer to the wall. Before the winner was declared, Nemechek was tackled by Custer; Nemechek would be named the winner.[13]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

 
Custer at Road America in 2017

In 2016, Custer made his Xfinity Series debut for JR Motorsports at Richmond International Raceway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro.[14] He drove the No. 88 for JR Motorsports to a career best fourth-place finish at Charlotte in the Hisense 4K TV 300.

On September 16, 2016, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Custer would drive the No. 00 Ford Mustang full-time in 2017, with Haas Automation as the primary sponsor.[15] Custer began the 2017 Xfinity season with a crash at Daytona, finishing 37th. He rebounded the next week at Atlanta, finishing 10th.

After making the Playoffs in his first appearance, Custer began making a surge at the end of the season including leading the most laps at Chicago and Kansas. Custer missed the Final Four by two spots after racing head to head with Daniel Hemric, the next week, Custer put on a clinic by leading the most laps, winning both stages and en-route to his first Xfinity win at the Homestead–Miami Speedway in South Florida. The next year at the fall Texas race, Cole got his second career win when he passed Tyler Reddick on the last lap, clinching his spot in the Championship Four.[citation needed]

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

In March 2018, Custer joined Rick Ware Racing for his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[16] He finished 25th. He returned for the June Pocono race where he would finish 26th. Custer, in a move no one saw coming, qualified his No. 51 Rick Ware Racing car in the top ten at Richmond Raceway in the second race of the playoffs although he would go on to finish 26th.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Ladera Ranch, California, Custer is the son of Joe Custer, who is a president at Stewart-Haas Racing and chief executive officer of Haas F1 Team.[17] SHR co-owner Gene Haas' company, Haas Automation, sponsors Custer.[1] He attended Ladera Ranch Middle School and Tesoro High School.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2018 Rick Ware Racing 51 Ford DAY ATL LVS
25
PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC
26
MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH
26
CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 63rd 01 [18]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2016 JR Motorsports 5 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH
6
TAL DOV CLT
DNQ
KAN
35
TEX PHO HOM
17
100th 01 [19]
88 CLT
4
POC MCH IOW DAY KEN
32
NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV
2017 Stewart-Haas Racing 00 Ford DAY
37
ATL
10
LVS
11
PHO
21
CAL
35
TEX
5
BRI
32
RCH
13
TAL
26
CLT
7
DOV
4
POC
7
MCH
10
IOW
24
DAY
22
KEN
11
NHA
9
IND
5
IOW
5
GLN
12
MOH
35
BRI
10
ROA
8
DAR
9
RCH
14
CHI
7
KEN
5
DOV
8
CLT
6
KAN
19
TEX
5
PHO
7
HOM
1*
5th 2288 [20]
2018 Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste DAY
14
ATL
39
LVS
9
PHO
8
CAL
6
TEX
4
BRI
8
RCH
6
TAL
9
DOV
13
CLT
2
POC
5
MCH
3
IOW
4
CHI
3
DAY
25
KEN
5
NHA
9
IOW
9*
GLN
6
MOH
7
BRI
4
ROA
4
DAR
2
IND
29
LVS
3
RCH
15
CLT
7
DOV
2
KAN
26
TEX
1
PHO
8
HOM
2*
2nd 4035 [21]
2019 DAY
14
ATL
2
LVS
9
PHO
4
CAL
1
TEX
34
BRI
3
RCH
1*
TAL
32
DOV
4*
CLT
24
POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -* [22]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2014 Haas Racing Development 00 Chevy DAY MAR
12
KAN CLT DOV
14
TEX GTW
6
KEN IOW
8
ELD POC MCH BRI
8
MSP
9
CHI NHA
1*
LVS TAL MAR
29
TEX PHO
3
HOM 25th 302 [23]
2015 JR Motorsports DAY ATL MAR
16
KAN CLT DOV
13*
TEX GTW
1
IOW
9
KEN ELD
29
POC MCH BRI
16*
MSP
10*
CHI NHA
24
LVS TAL MAR
4*
TEX PHO
26
HOM 22nd 305 [24]
2016 DAY
24
ATL
17
MAR
29
KAN
7
DOV
5
CLT
13
TEX
14
IOW
2
GTW
15
KEN
14
ELD
6
POC
5
BRI
6
MCH
22
MSP
2*
CHI
9
NHA
6
LVS
3
TAL
29
MAR
7
TEX
9
PHO
10
HOM
10
10th 502 [25]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2013 Ken Schrader Racing 00 Chevy BRI
24
GRE
19
PEN
22
RCH
3
BGS
10
IOW
4
LGY
23
COL
15
IOW
1*
VIR
19
GRE
16
NHA
1*
DOV
14
RAL
5
8th 452 [26]
2014 Bill McAnally Racing 00 Chevy NSM DAY BRI
14
GRE RCH
1*
IOW
11
BGS FFL LGY NHA COL IOW
3
GLN
16
VIR
18
GRE DOV
18
20th 234 [27]
2015 Toyota NSM GRE BRI IOW BGS LGY COL NHA IOW GLN
5
MOT VIR RCH DOV 43rd 40 [28]
2016 HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks 98 Toyota NSM MOB GRE BRI VIR DOM STA COL NHA IOW GLN
3
GRE NJM DOV 44th 41 [29]

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2013 Ken Schrader Racing 00 Ford PHO S99
18
BIR IOW L44 SON CNS IOW EVG SRP MMP SMP AAS KCR 38th 66 [30]
Chevy PHO
6*
2014 Bill McAnally Racing 00 Chevy PHO
1*
IRW S99 IOW KCR PHO
3
20th 121 [31]
Toyota SON
12
SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR MMP AAS
2015 KCR IRW TUS IOW SHA SON
9
SLS IOW EVG CNS MER AAS PHO 47th 35 [32]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2015 JR Motorsports 00 Chevy DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE
5
POC
24
MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP POC
1
BLN ISF DQN SLM KEN KAN 41st 560 [33]
2016 Ken Schrader Racing 54 Chevy DAY
10
NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH MAD WIN 69th* 390* [34]
Athenian Motorsports 05 Chevy IOW
7
IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN
2017 Mason Mitchell Motorsports 78 Ford DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP POC WIN ISF ROA
11
DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 88th 175 [35]

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ The current youngest K&N Pro Series winner is Gray Gaulding, winning at Phoenix International Raceway at 15 years, 8 months and 30 days.[3][4]
  2. ^ NASCAR's "national touring series" include the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series; some include the 1972–1973 Grand National East Series as well.
Citations
  1. ^ a b c Edwards Staggs, Brooke (May 13, 2013). "Ladera 15-year-old hits NASCAR circuit". Orange County Register. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Associated Press (August 3, 2013). "Fifteen-year-old Cole Custer breaks record in NASCAR K&N race". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Hardin, Ed (February 7, 2014). "Gaulding, 15, ready to go racing". News & Record. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Gray Gaulding". NTS Motorsports. March 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  5. ^ Kerchner, Mike (September 22, 2013). "Short-Track Roundup: Cole Custer wins second NASCAR K&N Pro Series race". Autoweek. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Remillard, Jason (September 21, 2013). "Cole Custer wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway". The Republican. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Spencer, Lee (January 20, 2014). "Custer, turning 16 this week, to run limited Truck schedule". Foxsports.com. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Sbarra, Shon (February 27, 2014). "Custer Finally Gets Phoenix Win". NASCAR Home Tracks. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  9. ^ "2014 Kroger 250". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Cole Custer sets track record, wins 21 Means 21 Pole Award". NASCAR. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "16-year-old Cole Custer becomes youngest to win Truck Series race". Sporting News. September 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  12. ^ "JR Motorsports to run select NCWTS races with Cole Custer". Foxsports.com. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK BATTLES CUSTER TILL END FOR WIN AT CANADA". NASCAR. September 4, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  14. ^ White, Heath (February 5, 2016). "JR Motorsports and Cessna Announce Partnership". JR Motorsports. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "Stewart-Haas Racing Names Cole Custer as its 2017 Driver for NASCAR XFINITY Series Team". Stewart-Haas Racing. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Cole Custer to make Monster Energy Series debut in Vegas". NASCAR. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Haas F1 Team lures Anheuser-Busch executive to head marketing effort". Autoweek. October 28, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "Cole Custer – 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Cole Custer – 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "Cole Custer – 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Cole Custer – 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "Cole Custer – 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "Cole Custer – 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  24. ^ "Cole Custer – 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  25. ^ "Cole Custer – 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "Cole Custer – 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  27. ^ "Cole Custer – 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  28. ^ "Cole Custer – 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  29. ^ "Cole Custer – 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  30. ^ "Cole Custer – 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  31. ^ "Cole Custer – 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  32. ^ "Cole Custer – 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  33. ^ "Cole Custer – 2015 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  34. ^ "Cole Custer – 2016 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  35. ^ "Cole Custer – 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 30, 2017.

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