COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Fontana Race Report

Date: March 16, 2019
Race Name: Production Alliance Group 300 (Race 5 of 33)
Venue: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Results: Cole Custer: 1st  | Chase Briscoe: 5th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 2nd with 213 points; trails points leader by 7 points
– Chase Briscoe: 11th with 145 points; trails points leader by 75 points

Cole Custer / Thompson Pipe Group / Haas Automation Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer started third and finished third in Stage 1 to pick up eight stage points.
– The No. 00 Ford started third and finished fourth in Stage 2 to pick up an additional seven stage points.
– Custer started fourth in the final stage and raced his way to the lead on lap 90 and traded the lead with Kyle Busch until lap 94.
– The Thompson Pipe Group /Haas Automation Ford returned to the lead on lap 119 and held the lead until a caution on lap 125.
– The No. 00 came to pit road for four tires and fuel during the stop and returned to the racetrack in the fifth position after two cars chose to stay out.
– Custer restarted fifth with 20 laps to go and immediately raced to the lead where he would stay until the checkered flag.
– Custer scored his first win, third top-five finish and fourth top-10 of the 2019 season.

Win Notes: 

– Custer scored the third Xfinity Series win of his career and his first at Auto Club Speedway.
– It is Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi’s fifth Xfinity Series win and first since Custer’s win at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2018.
– The win also marks Stewart-Haas Racing’s 60th overall win in NASCAR.

Next Up: My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 30th at 1 p.m. EDT broadcast by Fox Sports 1.

 Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Thompson Pipe / Haas Automation Ford Mustang:

“It’s pretty unreal to win at my hometown track. I can’t thank the folks from Thompson Pipe Group enough. I grew up racing with them and without them I don’t think I would have been able to make it this far. I also need to thank Haas Automation and Gene Haas for everything they do to help us put this car on the track each week. We had an awesome car today. We’ll go hard the rest of the year and hopefully win some more.”

Mike Shiplett, crew chief of the No. 00 Thompson Pipe / Haas Automation Ford Mustang:

“Cole has a lot of talent and we just needed to fine tune it. He has a lot of speed, he’s won a lot of poles, but he just needed to fine tune the car. We needed to focus more on the long run speed. We brought over Davin Restivo which helped a lot to get us going – he’s been my engineer for the last couple years and I brought him over here. That was a big help to get everything going faster. They had a good core group of guys and we just hit it off as we started working together.”