Cole Custer Finishes Sixth at Auto Club Speedway

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-35):

● Custer started fourth, finished third. Earned eight bonus points.

● Custer piloted the Haas Automation Ford to the second position by lap two.

● During the stage, he noted visibility and handling issues due to sand on the windshield and tight-handling conditions.

● After a lap-33 caution, the stage concluded under caution. He pitted for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 36-70):

● Custer started third, finished sixth. Earned five bonus points.

● Custer fell to the sixth position during the restart, but battled back to third place on lap 48.

● On lap 69, the caution flag was raised due to a cut tire on the No. 42 car, ultimately ending Stage 2 under caution.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments, and gained one position on pit road.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 71-150):

● Custer started fifth, finished sixth.

● Custer piloted his Haas Automation Ford Mustang in and around the top-five until a lap-96 caution.

● During the caution, crew chief Jeff Meendering radioed Custer to the pits for four tires, fuel andchassis adjustments.

● Custer climbed to as high as second and ran inside the top-10 before another caution on lap 139. He pitted for four tires and fuel.

● Custer restarted in the third position behind a car on older tires. As a result, he was caught in traffic and battled just outside of the top-five before the conclusion of the race.

 

Notes:              

● This was Custer’s second NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

● This marks Custer’s first top-10 at Auto Club and third top-10 of the season.

● This was Custer’s third straight top-10.

● Custer earned 13 bonus points in the Roseanne 300.

● Only 22 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Seven cautions slowed the race for 32 laps.

● Joey Logano won the Roseanne 300 to score his 29th career Xfinity Series victory, first of the season and third at Auto Club Speedway. His margin of victory over second-place Justin Allgaier was 1.429 seconds.

 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing With Biagi-DenBeste:      

“We had good speed today out of our Haas Automation Ford Mustang, but we got caught up there on the final restart behind the 39 car who was on old tires. I don’t know if we had enough to compete with the 22 car, but we definitely had a top-three car. It was a good day for the team and I’m glad we were able to put on a good race for my hometown fans.”

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the My Bariatrics Solutions 300 on Saturday, March 17 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.

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