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Cole Custer steers his No.00 Ford Mustang home in 3rd for Stewart-Haas Racing at Las Vegas

Cole Custer having lost the lead from pole position in 2nd at the start of green to Ross Chastain.

He held onto 2nd for the most of the Stage by maintaining his spot or trying to regain the lead.

But with less than three laps to go, Elliott Sadler got around and pushed him down to 3rd.

Stage 2

During the 1st stage break, His No.00 crew put in a fantastic stop with four tires & fuel as he moved up a spot.

Custer restarted in 3rd having maintained his position for most of the stage.

He’s a bit too free having run the high line as best as he can.

But with a better restart from 20 to go, he went on to go around Daniel Hemric before finishing 2nd.

Stage 3

As the 2nd stage break comes by, he came for four new sets of Goodyear rubber plus Sunoco Fuel.

The No.00 Ford Mustang’s temperature feels a bit high plus a bit free tight in and center.

So the No.00 crew injected a wedge adjustment.

However, the bad news that Custer found out that he a lot of spots plus the penalty for the tire violation.

He restarted 17th where having fought back as many spots as he can inside the Top 5.

When Ryan Preece spun out on Lap 124, Custer gained four spots and restarted 2nd.

He used the high & middle line to brush the wall which is the best method to run having held the lead for only one lap.

But at times, Custer’s somewhat a bit tight back to 2nd until Vinnie Miller spun out with 25 to go.

He pitted at the same time for right side tires & fuel only on his next stop.

He made another stop with left side tires.

But this time he exited his stall at the wrong time due to caution; Hence Custer lost a few spots to 4th.

Though, the last two cautions have overseen Cole Custer steering his No.00 Ford Mustang home in 3rd place.

It’s his back to back Top 10 finishes throughout two races of 2018 including the first Top 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Cole Custer’s 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season.

  • 26 Starts
  • 4297 of 4487 Laps Completed, 95.8%
  • 240 Laps Led
  • 11 Top 5, 42.3%
  • 21 Top 10 finishes, 80.8%
  • Average Start: 6.2 & Finish: 9.1
  • DNF: Three
  • He currently sits 4th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2011 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
  • 2nd, Darlington
  • 29th/Crash, Indianapolis
  • 3rd, Las Vegas 2

Conclusion

It’s great to see Cole Custer bouncing back from a disappointing few days back in Indianapolis over a crash.

He likes running the high line when brushing against the wall not too aggressively which worked well.

And to conclude his 3rd place finish, the No.00 Ford Mustang is incredibly fast which helped him stay towards the Top 3.

But there are some mistakes he made on pit road.

During the 2nd stage break, yes he had to be hurry to get that pit stop done.

However, NASCAR caught the No.00 team with a tire violation.

Then He had to pit twice for separate right and left side tires respectively because the caution came out at the same time.

Only his second stop for left side tires saw Custer difficulty exiting his stall.

And last but not least, an unbalanced car.

When Custer lost or unable to recapture his lead, he’s somewhat a bit free or tight.

And with some other cars much faster than his, it allowed Ross Chastain and Justin Allgaier to sneak past & stay ahead of him.

That’s what the area Custer has to improve on next time because winning the pole isn’t finishing off the weekend.

A race win would be perfect having not won so far in 2018.

Well, he has a shot and a fresh start in the Playoffs next Friday night at Richmond Raceway.

At last but not least…

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