Aug. 3, 2017
NASCAR Wire Service
Youth hasn’t been a hindrance for 19-year-old Cole Custer this season.
The youngest NASCAR XFINITY Series regular – and the only full-time driver born in 1998 – ranks sixth in the series standings on the strength of four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He is currently riding a streak of four straight top-11 finishes.
Custer hopes to continue his recent success in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN) – the series’ first of three road course races this month.
The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing driver has never competed at Watkins Glen in the XFINITY Series, but finished third there last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contest. Custer placed runner-up in his most-recent road course race – a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last September.
“I’ve been trying to get back into road-course racing a bit,” Custer said. “We tested some sports cars at Mid-Ohio, so that helped me get used to the sharp corners and get back in the flow of road courses. Our Haas Automation team has never raced before at a road course, but we definitely have a lot of smart guys that know how to set up a car, so we should be pretty strong this weekend.”