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Custer Finishes 23rd in Bristol Night Race

Date: Sept. 19, 2020
Event: Bass Pro Shops Night Race (Round 29 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (.533-mile, concrete oval)
Format: 500 laps, broken into three stages (125 laps/125 laps/250 laps)
Start/Finish: 12th/23rd (Running, completed 497 of 500 laps)
Point Standing: 13th with 2,067 points, 28 points below top-12 cutoff

 

Failed to Advance to Round of 12:

13. Cole Custer (2,067 points)

 
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-125):             

● Cole Custer started 12th and finished 24th.
● At the lap-30 competition caution, Custer pitted from 14th for adjustments to help with his tight-handling Mustang.
● The HaasTooling.com/Autodesk Fusion 360 Mustang jumped from 15th to 11th on the restart.
● The handling issues returned and dropped Custer to 24th by lap 90.
● During the stage break Custer pitted for more adjustments.
 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 126-250):

● Custer started 23rd and finished 21st.
● The stage opened up with a long green-flag run that saw Custer fall a lap down to the leaders on lap 218.
● Custer took the wave-around on lap 232 to get back on the lead lap.
● Custer finished 21st in a sprint to end the stage and visited pit road twice during the break.

 Final Stage Recap (Laps 251-500):

● Custer started 23rd, finished 23rd.
● Just after the restart, Custer received significant nose damage to the No. 41 Ford Mustang.
● The stage remained under green until lap 407 and Custer pitted multiple times for damage repair to his Mustang’s nose and regular pit service. He restarted 23rd, three laps down.
● With 30 laps to go in the event the Ford driver was 24th, and with 10 laps to go he was 23rd.
● Custer ultimately finished 23rd and missed advancing to the next round of playoffs by 28 points.
 

Notes:

● Custer’s 23rd-place result bettered his previous best finish at Bristol – 35th, earned in his first NASCAR Cup Series start at the track in May.
● Custer has six starts at Bristol in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He scored two top-fives and four top-10s.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We’ve just struggled here at Bristol. I think we can hold our heads high on what we’ve done this year. From where we started this year and where I was at, we’ve come a long way and these guys have really helped me grow. It’s about the people at SHR and sponsor support from HaasTooling.com and Autodesk, I can’t thank them enough.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the South Point 400 on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is the fourth race of the 10-race playoffs and the first race in the Round of 12. It starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.