SHR with Fred Biagi ROVAL Race Report

NKP #00: Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Autodesk Fusion 360

Cole Custer / Autodesk Ford Mustang Recap:
– Custer started fourth and ran third most of Stage 1. Custer would pit with three laps remaining in Stage 1 and would finish the stage in 10th.
– The No. 00 Autodesk Fusion 360 team started first in Stage 2 and finished first to add 10 points and on eplayoff point..
– Custer brought the No. 00 Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, but would get blocked in and would end up losing eight spots on pit road, forcing him to restart 13th in the final stage.
– The No. 00 Autodesk Ford was spun on lap 44 causing damage to the left rear quarter. The team would pit twice to fix the damage. He would restart in 30th.
– Custer would battle his way to the top-20 before another yellow would fly on lap 48. The team would pit again and would restart 28th.
– The caution would wave on lap 61 with Custer running 8th. He would restart 8th and ultimately end the race there.
– Custer has clinched a spot in the Round of 8 on points.

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:
– Briscoe earned his first career Xfinity Series pole and led all 20 laps to win the first stage. The stage win earned him 10 stage points and a playoff point.
– The No. 98 Ford Performance team started eighth in Stage 2 and finished second to earn nine more stage points.
– Briscoe brought the No. 98 Ford to pit road for four tires and fuel to prepare for the final stage.
– The No. 98 Ford started the final stage in seventh position. A caution on the restart bumped Briscoe up to the fourth position.
– Briscoe quickly moved into third position and was battling for second with nine to go when he got spun out. 
– Caution flag waved once again on lap 61 with the No. 98 back up to 10th. He would gain one additional position over the last three laps to finish ninth.

Next Up: Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 5th at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN. 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Autodesk Ford Mustang:                                   
“We really had nothing go our way it felt like this entire race. We started off and the car was too tight to be able to really do much, but we had great long run speed. We got boxed in on one of our stops and that forced us to restart in the middle of the field. We took the green and got spun out and received some damage from that and just had to battle hard to get the Autodesk Fusion 360 Mustang back into the top-10, so I can’t thank my guys enough for sticking with it and putting me back up there.”

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang:
“I felt like we had the car to beat all day long. We were able to consistently come back through the field. We had to go for points obviously because of our situation, but we were always able to battle back. There at the end I felt like I could have ran down AJ and I was doing everything I could to win the race and knew the pass on Bell was crucial. I don’t really know what happened there, but I feel like I gave him plenty of room. It’s disappointing to end the day in ninth with a first-place worthy car, but I appreciate my guys giving me a great car all weekend long.”


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