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Cole Custer overcomes early Stage 1 vibration to finish in 4th thanks to pit strategy and late cautions at Road America

Cole Custer may have had an okay run through the first two stages have fallen from 2nd to the back end of the Top 10.

But a solid pit stop en route to Stage 3 has fuelled better progress in return for Custer at Road America.

Race Recap

Cole Custer started off from 2nd having remained there until the 2nd caution on Lap 7.

But at the end of the run, he struggled to keep in front having locked hard into the brakes and ended up 7th.

So during the stage break, Custer needed a bit more rear grip, especially at the right time having reported a vibration with the left front tire.

No issues have further worsened Custer as the No.00 crew inserts a track bar adjustment in addition to new tires and fuel.

In Stage 2, Custer remained quiet in the Top 10 as he finished the same spot as done from the previous installment.

So Custer repeated the same strategy by pitting during the break which worked well by moving up a spot with four tires & fuel.

It helped Custer move up several spots without issues thanks to the late cautions before coming home in 4th.

Cole Custer’s 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season.

  • 23 Starts
  • 3879 of 4040 Laps Completed, 96%
  • 237 Laps Led
  • Nine Top 5, 39.1%
  • 19 Top 10 finishes, 82.6%
  • Average Start: 6.5 & Finish: 8.8
  • DNF: Two
  • He currently sits 4th in the Drivers’ Standings with 832 Points.

Results

  • 14th, Daytona 1
  • 39th/Crash, Atlanta
  • 9th, Las Vegas
  • 8th, Phoenix
  • 6th, Fontana
  • 8th, Bristol
  • 6th, Richmond
  • 9th, Talladega
  • 13th, Dover
  • 2nd, Charlotte
  • 5th, Pocono
  • 3rd, Michigan
  • 5th, Iowa 1
  • 3rd, Chicago
  • 25th/Crash, Daytona 2
  • 5th, Kentucky
  • 9th, Loudon & Iowa
  • 6th, Watkins Glen
  • 7th, Mid-Ohio
  • 4th, Bristol & Road America

Key Points

It’s two straight weeks now that Custer scored back to back Top 5 and 4th place finishes.

From last round at Bristol to now yesterday from Road America.

Besides, Custer now scored seven straight Top 10 finishes dated from Kentucky six weeks ago.

And at last his Road America record.

He smashed his previous best finish of 8th last year to now 4th into his 2nd straight Top 10 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Let’s look at his road course record during his rookie 2017 year:

  • 12th (Watkins Glen), 35th (Mid-Ohio) & 8th (Road America)

After what we’ve seen during his road course starts of 2018:

  • 6th (Watkins Glen), 7th (Mid-Ohio) & 4th (Road America).

Although, there’s one more left at the Charlotte Roval course next month.

For now, his right & left turn knowledge has improved massively through IMSA sports car experience earlier in the year.

Ford Performance did a great job arranging that sort of program, so regular road course racers help out oval specialists improve their game.

And what we’ve seen in that statistic has proved some positive progress.

Conclusion

Fantastic calls and judgments made by Custer and the No.00 throughout the race.

He may have gone stuck towards the back end of the Top 10 after going heavy into the brakes & losing spots from 2nd.

A vibration over a left front may have threatened him at one stage.

But he & the No.00 are alert and always went back on track running quietly back into the Top 5 for the rest of the race.

Again, another weekend ticked positively for Cole Custer here at Road America.

He will seek to improve from here as the next target will be in victory lane.

It’ll come his way sooner rather than later.

At last but not least…

Make sure you keep up to date with Cole Custer via the following pages:

You can also shop his latest Fan Gear and Collectibles via the official NASCAR Shop link here.

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