Event: Road America 180 (Round 23 of 33)
Date: Aug. 25, 2018
Location: Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Layout: 4-mile, 14-turn road course
Cole Custer Notes of Interest
- The Road America 180 will mark Cole Custer’s sixth NASCAR Xfinity Series road-course start and second at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
- In his 2017 Xfinity Series start at Road America, Custer ran inside the top-10 for the majority of the race and finished eighth to earn his best road-course finish of his debut Xfinity Series season.
- Custer’s second-place finish on May 26 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway is his best finish in 22 races this season.
- Custer owns 10 top-10 finishes, four top-fives, two poles and led 80 laps in 15 road-course starts.
- Custer has earned four poles, eight top-five finishes, 18 top-10s, and has led 237 laps in the 2018 Xfinity Series season.
- Custer’s four pole awards this season leads all Xfinity Series regulars.
- Custer’s 18 top-10 finishes is tied with Elliott Sadler for most among Xfinity Series regulars.
- Custer is fourth in the Xfinity Series driver standings with 791 points, 19 behind series leader Christopher Bell.
- Custer is competing for his seventh consecutive top-10 and second consecutive top-five this weekend.
- Last weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Custer battled in and around the top-10 for the majority of the race before finishing fourth.
- There are only four races left until the Xfinity Series playoffs begin Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The winner of the regular-season points championship will earn an additional 15 playoff points – equivalent to winning three races.
Cole Custer, Driver Q&A
What are the challenges of running a road course?
“In road-course racing, the competition is more on the driver’s shoulders compared to your traditional oval-styled track. You’re on the edge of your seat for the entire race and even the smallest mistake could take you out of the race. I enjoy road-course racing and challenging my skills as a driver. This is our last road-course race of the season, so I’m hoping to drive my Haas Automation Ford Mustang to a solid finish.”
With the playoffs approaching, has your strategy changed at all?
“Jeff (Meendering, crew chief) did a great job last weekend putting us in a position to earn as many points as possible. That’s the goal. We need to get stage wins and points to either win the regular-season championship or earn playoff points going in. A win is what we’re after but, if we don’t have the car to do it, we need to be focused on points. We had the car to win in Bristol and I think we’ll have a big shot at it at Road America.”
Jeff Meendering, Crew Chief Q&A
Are you happy with where your road-course program is heading to Road America?
“We have certainly improved. We’ve had better equipment and notes to go off of, so we’re happy with where we’re at. Cole has learned a ton at these road courses and he’s getting much better. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s able to wheel the Haas Automation Ford up front the whole race. Road America was actually our best road course last year and we’ve already had great cars this year. Really looking forward to this weekend.”