Future Watch: Cole Custer Rookie NASCAR Cards – Custer began racing at the age four, racing quarter midget cars. In 2011 he won the USAC National Focus young guns championship. The following year Cole Custer started to race late models winning 10 races and earning rookie of the year honors.
In 2013 he joined Ken Scharder racing in the K&N Pro series east at Bristol Speedway. During the season at Iowa Speedway, Custer won the pole position, led every lap, set a record for a combination race, and won, becoming the youngest race winner in K&N Pro Series history at age 15, beating Dylan Kwasniewski‘s record by six months. Custer later ran in the K&N Pro Series West’s season-ending race, Custer led every single lap, but was turned by Gray Gaulding on the final lap and finished sixth.
In 2014 Custer joined HAAS Racing Development and ran 9 races in the camping world truck series. That year Custer set a track qualifying record at Gateway motorsports park: 36.426 miles per hour (219.556 km/h) lap speed, becoming the youngest pole winner in NASCAR history.
September 20, 2014 at New Hampshire motor speedway he won a camping world truck series race at 16 years, 7 months and 28 days, from the pole becoming the youngest winner in the history of NASCAR’s national touring series.
When he turned 18 years old in 2016, JR Motorsports began fielding the No. 00 truck for Custer full-time and he competed for rookie of the year title during the Chevrolet Silverado 250. Custer and John Hunter Nemechek were battling for the lead when Nemechek bumped Custer before running both Custer and himself off-road, pinning Custer to the wall. Before the winner was declared Custer came after Nemechek and tackled him to the ground and Nemechek was announced the winner.
In 2016, Custer made his Xfinity Series debut for JR Motorsports, at Richmond International Raceway, driving the No. 5 Camaro. He drove the No. 88 for JR Motorsports to a career best fourth-place finish at Charlotte in the Hisense 4K TV 300.
On September 16, 2016, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Custer would drive the No. 00 Ford Mustang full-time in 2017, with Haas Automation as the primary sponsor.
After making the Playoffs in his first appearance, Custer began making a surge at the end of the season including leading the most laps at Chicago and Kansas. Custer missed the Final Four by two spots after racing head to head with Daniel Hemric, the next week, Custer put on a clinic by leading the most laps, winning both stages and was in route to his first Xfinity win at the Homestead–Miami Speedway in South Florida. The next year at the fall Texas race, Custer got his second career win when he passed Tyler Reddick on the last lap, clinching his spot in the Championship Four.
In the 2019 season, Custer scored wins at Fontana, Richmond, Pocono, Chicago, Kentucky, and Dover. He finished second at Darlington, but was declared the official race winner after Denny Hamlin was disqualified when his car failed to meet height requirements during post-race inspection. At the end of the Kansas race, Custer got into a fight with Reddick on pit road. Custer finished the 2019 season second in points after finishing second again to Reddick at Homestead.
On November 15, 2019, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Custer will replace Daniel Suárez in the No. 41 Ford in 2020.
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