COLE CUSTER – 2017 Mid-Ohio NXS Race Report

Cole Custer Finishes 35th at Mid-Ohio

Haas Automation Driver’s Day Plagued by Mechanical Failure

Date: Aug. 12, 2017
Event: Mid-Ohio Challenge (Round 21 of 33)
Location: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington (2.4-mile road course)
Format: 75 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/35 laps)
Start/Finish: 9th/35th (Running, completed 54 of 75 laps)
Point Standing: 6th (505 points, 258 out of first)

Race Winner: Sam Hornish Jr. of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Blake Koch of Kaulig Racing (Chevy)
Stage 2 Winner: Sam Hornish Jr. of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

  • Started ninth, finished 40th.
  • Due to Custer making contact with the grass in qualifying, he started the Mid-Ohio Challenge with his backup Haas Automation Ford Mustang.
  • On lap two, a mechanical failure forced Custer to the pits.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

  • Started 40th, finished 37th.
  • After repairs, Custer entered the field 22 laps down at the start of Stage 2.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-75):

  • Started 37th, finished 35th.
  • Custer gained one lap during the final stage.
  • Due to multiple accidents, Custer gained two spots before the conclusion of the race.


  • Nine cautions slowed the race for 27 laps.
  • Sam Hornish Jr. won the Mid-Ohio Challenge to score his fifth career XFINITY Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Mid-Ohio.

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule is the Food City 300 on Friday, Aug. 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.