Sunday, Dec 05

Custer Finishes 25th at Indianapolis

Custer Finishes 25th at Indianapolis NK Photography Photo

Race Winner:  AJ Allmendinger of Kaulig Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-15):

Cole Custer started ninth and finished 20th.

● The Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com driver maintained his starting spot in the opening laps of the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.

●  On lap 10, Custer passed Michael McDowell for ninth after reporting that he felt like his drive off the corners was better than the cars around him.

●  Crew chief Mike Shiplett made a strategy call on lap 13 and called his driver down pit road for four tires and fuel before the end of the stage.

●  Custer reentered the field 22nd and passed two cars to finish 20th in Stage 1.

●  The No. 41 Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com team stayed out during the stage break to restart Stage 2 in 10th.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 16-35):

Custer started 10th and finished 14th.

● In the opening lap on Stage 2, Custer passed three cars to put his Ford Mustang in the seventh position, right behind his teammate Chase Briscoe.

●  On lap 21, the Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com driver passed three cars in one turn, putting him into the top-five for the first time in the race.

●  The Ladera Ranch, California, native reported on lap 25 that he needed more brake on the next pit stop. He gained another position to put his Ford Mustang in fourth.

●  With just two laps to go in the stage, the No. 41 team came down pit road for four tires and fuel to put him in a good position when the field went green for the final stage.

●  Custer finished the stage 14th. The team stayed out on the track once again during the stage break to restart the final segment in fifth.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 36-95):

Custer started fifth and finished 25th.

● The Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com driver reported during the lap-40 caution that his car was good, but if anything he was a little tight in the corners.

●  After an intense battle with the No. 11 on the lap-43 restart, Custer settled into eighth place.

●  The No. 41 Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com team came down pit road on lap 54 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Custer was 20th when he came back on the track.

●  When the field cycled through pit stops, Custer was running eighth until the caution came out on lap 72.

●  Custer avoided an accident that brought out the red flag with only four to go. But when racing resumed, he was caught up in another incident during overtime. The No. 41 Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com Ford received heavy damage to the rear. The team pitted to attempt to repair the damage.

●  Due to the damage sustained, Custer had to settle for 25th.

 

Notes:

● AJ Allmendinger won the inaugural Verizon 200 at the Brickyard to score his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory and his first of the season. His margin over second-place Ryan Blaney was .929 of a second.

● Only 24 of the 40 drivers in the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard finished on the lead lap.

● There were six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.

● Twenty-four of the 40 drivers in the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard finished on the lead lap.

● Kyle Larson remains the championship leader after Indianapolis with a 22-point advantage over second-place Denny Hamlin.

 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had a really good day in terms of execution and sticking to our plan. Unfortunately, that changed toward the end and we were involved in a wreck during overtime. Our Autodesk Fusion 360/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang was a top-five car but luck wasn’t on our side, so we'll head to Michigan and give it another shot."

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, Aug. 22, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage on NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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