Cole Custer’s Loudon Win “Starting to Sink In”

Cole Custer’s Loudon Win “Starting to Sink In”

by October 24, 2014 0 comments

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RIDGEWAY, Va. — One month removed from his last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, Cole Custer returns to his No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet ready to repeat what he did in his last start at Loudon – win.

Custer, the winner of September’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, returns to action in Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway for what will be his eighth career series start.

Custer made history with his win in Loudon as he would become the youngest ever winner in a NASCAR National Series race at 16 years, seven months, and 28 days old. Just over one month from his win in New England, the Ladera Ranch, California, native states that the win is finally starting to sink in.

“It’s starting to sink in,” Custer said. “I’ve kind of realized what I’ve done – I guess – now. It was real big for our whole team and for me – it was a dream come true for me.

 “Coming up when I was younger, I would have never thought that I would race in the Camping World Truck Series or win in it. It was a real big day for me and my whole family. Gene Haas and Haas Automation got their first win too. It was just a big day for our whole team.”

During his Friday morning press conference at Martinsville prior to practice, Custer noted his believed improvement in his skills at driving a truck around the tracks on the Camping World Truck Series calendar.

Saturday’s start will mark Custer’s second career start at Martinsville in the Truck Series. Custer made his series debut at Martinsville in March, finishing 12th after starting from the ninth position in the Kroger 250.

“I think I’ve gotten better a little bit at just driving the tracks, we just try to get our cars a little bit better,” he stated. “It’s always a struggle to fight with every single week, that’s what everybody struggles to fight with – trying to get their car absolutely perfect. That’s just kind of the goal every week, to try to get your car better.”

The one-time K&N Pro Series West race winner and three-time K&N Pro Series East winner also expressed his confidence in his Haas Racing Development team, stating that he believes they will be able to setup another strong No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado for Custer to go for his second consecutive win.

“We’re excited, I think we have a good truck that we’ll have a chance to win [with] this weekend,” Custer said. “Everybody on our team is really excited because we can think we can replicate what we just did in New Hampshire.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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