Cole Custer / Haas Automation Ford Mustang Recap:
– Custer started from the second position and would run there until a yellow on lap 32. He would pit for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He would restart 18th and would finish the stage second.
– The No. 00 Haas Automation team would not pit at the conclusion of Stage 1. They would restart second.
– Custer pitted on lap 60 for a loose right rear wheel. He would lose one lap during that time, but was able to drive back up and get his lap back before a yellow flag on lap 90.
– The No. 00 Ford would pit for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment at the conclusion of the stage. He would restart 14th, the last car on the lead lap.
– Custer would gain 4 spots within 2 laps as a yellow would fly again on lap 96 as he was running 10th. The team would not pit during this caution.
– The No. 00 would gain seven spots throughout the 23 lap green-flag run before the last yellow would wave on lap 123 as he was running third.
– Custer would pit for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment. They would lose three spots on the stop and he would restart sixth.
– The No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang would power to the lead on lap 166 where he would run for around 20 laps before surrendering the lead to eventual race-winner Tyler Reddick.
– Custer would end up finishing second in the race and in the championship standings.
Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:
– Briscoe started fifth and won Stage 1 to earn 10 stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford Performance Mustang stayed out at the conclusion of Stage 1 and started Stage 2 in the lead. He would finish fifth in the stage and earn six more stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford came to pit road for four tires and fuel at the end of Stage 2.
– Briscoe started the final stage in sixth and was running fourth when he got into the wall on lap 122 and cut a right-front tire. Yellow flag would wave and the team would pit.
– He restarted 21st and advanced up to third before pitting on lap 161 under green for his final pit stop of the race.
– The No. 98 rejoined the field in ninth and quickly moved up to the third position where Briscoe would ultimately finish.
– With his third place finish, Briscoe earned NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year honors.
– Briscoe ended the season with one win, 13 top-fives and 26 top-10s (tied for second-best all-time for a rookie).
Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang:
“The entire group gave me a great car to come out here and contend for the win. When I took the lead I was kind of being patient with it because I didn’t want to get in the wall and ruin our chances, but Tyler Reddick was able to jump up there like he did in 2018 and was just too good at ripping the fence. He was able to get around us and I just pushed a little too hard and got into the wall, which then dropped us back a little bit. After that I knew I had to go and I ended up finding some speed but it was just too late. It’s really frustrating to finish second again, but everyone at SHR had a great season that we can hang our hats on, I just wish it could have ended differently.”
Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang:
“I wish I could have raced the 2. I thought I was really, really good on the fence. I was pushing really hard on the fence and I got by Cole and I finally had clean air and I tried just getting a little bit more and I was already on the limit, so that kind of put us behind the eight ball, but we were able to drive back up and, honestly, that green flag pit stop just didn’t go our way. Me and the 7 and I can’t remember who else, but I lost so much time to the leaders that it made it almost impossible to catch them. Overall, I’m really thankful Ford Performance let me run this season. It was definitely a good year. I wish we would have had more wins, but we definitely had the speed to.”