COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Pocono Race Report

Date: June 1, 2019
Race Name: Pocono Green 250 (Race 12 of 33)
Venue: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (FORD)
Results: Cole Custer: 1st | Chase Briscoe: 3rd
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 3rd with 473 points; trails points leader by -99 points
– Chase Briscoe: 6th with 410 points; trails points leader by -162 points

Cole Custer / FIMS Manufacturing Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer started from the pole position for the third time in 2019 and led every lap of Stage 1 to pick up 10 bonus points and a playoff point.
– The No. 00 Ford started Stage 2 in the eight position as several cars utilized an alternative pit strategy.
– Custer raced his way back to the fifth position at the end of Stage 2 to pick up six additional bonus points.
– The No. 00 FIMS Ford Mustang started the final stage in sixth and raced his way to the lead by lap 65.
– The No. 00 came to pit road for the final time on lap 80 for four tires and fuel.
– He rejoined the field in the fifth position and raced his way back to the lead by lap 86.
– A late-race caution allowed Custer to lead the field to an overtime finish. He battled with Tyler Reddick in the closing laps for a dramatic last-turn pass for the win.
– Custer led four times for 58 laps and scored his third Xfinity Series win of 2019 and the fifth of his Xfinity Series career.
– Custer now has seven top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes with 464 laps led in 2019.

Next Up: LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on June 8 at 1:30 p.m. EDT broadcast by Fox Sports 1.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 FIMS Manufacturing Ford Mustang:

“The No. 2 car gave us a great push on that final restart and ended up getting around us, but our FIMS Manufacturing Mustang was good all day and we were able to stay right with him. I think he knew I was going to send it into Turn 3 to try to pack air and get him a little loose and drive underneath him; he over drove the turn and gave me the bottom and we were able to drag race him back to the line and get the win. I just can’t thank Gene Haas and everyone at Haas Automation, Ford Motor Company, Fred Biagi, FIMS, Jacob Companies, Thompson Pipe Group, Xfinity and all our partners and fans for making days like this possible.”