Cole Custer Finishes 25th at Daytona Haas Automation Driver Leads Eight Laps; Involved In Accident With Three To Go

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

● Custer started third, finished eighth and earned three bonus points.

● Custer powered the Haas Automation Ford to the lead for the first eight laps.

● On lap 10, he was shuffled to the middle of the pack, but quickly re-entered the top-10.

● He noted loose-handling conditions and pitted for two tires, fuel, air pressure and chassis adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60):

● Custer started fifth, finished 16th.

● During the opening laps, Custer wedged his way into the third position but was left with no help from behind when a car pushed him to the outside lane.

●He fell to 26th place and drove his way back to the top-10. On the last lap, he avoided a wreck and fell to 16th place.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel, wedge and chassis adjustments when the stage concluded.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 61-100):

● Custer started 17th, finished 25th.

● On lap 82, Custer was struck on the right side during a multi-car accident. The red flag was brought out with Custer in the 18th position.

● When racing resumed, he piloted the Haas Automation Ford into the top-five, but was shuffled to the middle of the field and clipped by another car on lap 97. The damage on the No. 00 was unrepairable, ultimately ending Custer’s day.

 

Notes:               

● Custer led one time for a total of eight laps.

● Six cautions slowed the race for 29 laps.

● Only 18 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Kyle Larson won the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 to score his 11th career Xfinity Series victory, third of the season and first at Daytona. His margin of victory over second-place Elliot Sadler was .005 of a second.

 

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

“I felt like our Haas Automation Mustang was really strong and fast, but it didn’t handle the best. We got it better throughout the race and at the end, I felt like we were pretty good and could compete for a win or a top-five. Everybody got crazy there and I think we ran out of room. I think there was nothing we could really do about it, so we’ll move on to the next one.”

 

Next Up:           

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Alsco 300 on Friday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 8:00 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

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