Cole Custer Capitalizes On Late Race Restart To Claim Victory At Gateway Motorsports Park

Cole Custer Capitalizes On Late Race Restart To Claim Victory At Gateway Motorsports Park

by June 14, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/NASCAR via Getty Images

MADISON, Ill. – Cole Custer’s clutch performance on a late race restart on Saturday night in the Drivin’ for Lineman 200 enabled him to claim victory at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Custer’s victory marked his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. His first came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last season. On Saturday night, Custer led on two occasions for 19 laps. The win is also Custer’s first top-10 finish of the 2015 season.

However, even though Custer ran up front all night long, several dominate drivers ran into trouble in the closing laps. Erik Jones who led 84 laps, most of any driver on Saturday night encountered battery issues, resulting in a disappointing 23rd place finish.

Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek got together to bring out the caution on lap 152. Nemechek was underneath Crafton in Turn 3, and he slipped up the track and knocked Crafton hard into the outside wall. Crafton led 49 laps on Saturday night, but he ended up finishing 21st.

“I don’t know,” Crafton said. “I didn’t see any of it to be honest. I think it’s a shame because this Menards Toyota Tundra was really, really good. We got our pit sequence right there and drove back to the top three and then the guys on pit road were phenomenal tonight as well. We beat them off pit road and I definitely thought we had this one won, but I said sometimes I guess it doesn’t work that way. He ran into the side of us. It happens.”

On the final restart  with five laps to go, Tyler Reddick missed a shift and fell from first, all the way back to 10th. The mishap opened the door for Cole Custer to put distance between himself and the pack after he restarted on the outside of Reddick.

In the final laps, Cole Custer held off Spencer Gallagher and Johnny Sauter for the win. John Hunter Nemechek finished fourth, and Cameron Hayley finished fifth. Rounding out the top-10 was Timothy Peters, Ben Kennedy, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric and Austin Theriault.

As for the championship point standings, Matt Crafton leads Tyler Reddick by only 12 points. With the solid third place finish, Johnny Sauter now moves within 30 points of Crafton. Erik Jones fell back to fourth, 33 points back, and John Wes Townley, 69 points back rounds out the top-five.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Iowa Speedway on Friday, June 19 for the American Ethanol 200. The event marks the fourth weekend in a row the series has been on the road. Coverage for the event will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Drivin’ for Lineman 200 Results:

1.) #00 Cole Custer

2.) #23 Spencer Gallagher

3.) #98 Johnny Sauter

4.) #8 John Hunter Nemechek

5.) #13 Cameron Hayley

6.) #17 Timothy Peters

7.) #11 Ben Kennedy

8.) #19 Tyler Reddick

9.) #14 Daniel Hemric

10.) #29 Austin Theriault

11.) #05 John Wes Townley

12.) #33 Brandon Jones

13.) #07 Ray Black Jr.

14.) #50 Travis Kvapil

15.) #02 Tyler Young

16.) #63 Tyler Tanner

17.) #1 Ryan Ellis

18.) #94 Timmy Hill

19.) #74 Jordan Anderson

20.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

21.) #88 Matt Crafton

22.) #08 Korbin Forrister

23.) #4 Erik Jones

24.) #45 Tommy Regan

25.) #51 Matt Tifft

26.) #6 Norm Benning

27.) #54 Justin Boston

28.) #15 Mason Mingus

29.) #36 Justin Jennings

30.) #03 Michael Affarano

31.) #0 Adam Edwards

32.) #57 Joey Gattina


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #88 Matt Crafton

2.) #19 Tyler Reddick -12

3.) #98 Johnny Sauter -30

4.) #4 Erik Jones -33

5.) #05 John Wes Townley -69

6.) #13 Cameron Hayley -75

7.) #23 Spencer Gallagher -78

8.) #14 Daniel Hemric -83

9.) #17 Timothy Peters -84

10.) #11 Ben Kennedy -84

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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