Custer Sets Another Record with ARCA Victory at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. – JR Motorsports driver Cole Custer has accomplished quite a lot this season already, having won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in a limited schedule. On Saturday at Pocono Raceway, he set a pair of records in the ARCA Racing Series that will likely be around for a while.
The 17-year-old driver passed JRM NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Chase Elliott to become the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA’s long history by winning the ModSpace 125. Custer is 17 years, 190 days old, and Elliott was 17 years, 192 days old when he won at Pocono in 2013. Not only that, Custer won in the same car Elliott won with at Pocono.
It’s something of a habit for Custer, being the youngest winner in a series’ history. As a 15-year-old in 2013, Custer became the youngest winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East series, winning at Iowa Speedway. He was also the youngest winner in NCWTS history, turning the trick at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2014 at the age of 16.
Custer took the lead for good with 18 laps remaining at Pocono, passing eventual third-place finisher Matt Kurzejewski, and held off ARCA Racing Series point leader Grant Enfinger to the checkered.
“It’s pretty huge,” Custer said. “It’s definitely a really prestigious track to win at. It’s a place I really wanted to win at. They have a really cool trophy and a really cool victory lane. It’s a cool place to win at. It’s the tricky triangle.”