Accident Relegates Custer to 29th at Indy Haas Automation Driver Still Advances to Second in Standings

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

● Cole Custer started fifth, finished third and earned eight bonus points.

● When the green flag waved Custer was inside the top-five, but he got caught outside of the pack and fell to eighth place.

● He pitted under green-flag conditions on lap eight for two tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

● While he was exiting pit road, the caution was brought out. Custer was ahead of the leader when the caution came out, therefore staying on the lead lap.

● During the caution period, most of the field decided to pit in front of Custer, promoting the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang to second place.

● Custer ran in third place until a multicar accident erupted just one car length behind him. He opted not to pit during the caution period.

● He restarted the one-lap shootout on the front row and raced the No. 7 car for the lead until a four-wide finish put Custer in third.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60):

● Custer started 12th, finished fourth and earned seven bonus points.

● The Haas Automation Ford driver raced inside the top-10 for the majority of Stage 2.

● On lap 50 Custer radioed there was a vibration in his right-front tire, but crew chief Jeff Meendering said multiple cars were having similar issues.

● Several cars pitted under green while Custer stayed out, advancing the No. 00 Ford Mustang to fourth place.

● When the stage concluded, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 61-100):

● Custer started seventh, finished 29th.

● Custer battled just outside the top-five until he attempted to make a block and was clipped on the left-rear quarter panel, sending him into the wall and ending his day.



● The Lilly Diabetes 250 was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 and was postponed to Monday due to inclement weather.

● NASCAR Xfinity Series practice and qualifying was also cancelled due to inclement weather. The field was set by owner points.

● Custer earned 15 bonus points at Indianapolis.

● Seven cautions slowed the race for 31 laps.

● Justin Allgaier won the Lilly Diabetes 250 to score his 10th career Xfinity Series victory, fifth of the season and first at Indianapolis. His margin of victory over second-place Tyler Reddick was .092 of a second.


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

“It’s hectic out there – especially restarts. You’re trying to make blocks and get runs and trying to be as aggressive as you can, and things just happen. I thought our Haas Automation Mustang was pretty fast, we just couldn’t get many people to work with us. It seemed like we just got hung out to dry a lot, but I just made a mistake there trying to make a block. We’ll go to Vegas and try to win one.”


Next Up:           

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the DC Solar 300 on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 5 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

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