The 22-year-old pilot celebrated his first victory in the highest category in what was his 20th race.
The name of Cole Custer resonated strongly this Sunday as he claimed his first victory in the maximum of the NASCAR, in his 20th race in the competition and at just 22 years old.
The Ford driver had made experience during 2019 with three appearances and in this peculiar 2020 he participated in the 17 appointments that have taken place so far.
The Californian had already shown his potential with his 9th place obtained in Phoenix on the 4th date and, recently, he came from a 5th place in Indiana.
This Sunday, Custer seized the Quaker State 400 disputed in the Kentucky Speedway and became the third rookie capable of winning a career in the main class, recorded since 2009.
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The Ladera Ranch-born first crossed the finish line in the Sparta oval after leading just five laps out of the race’s 267, followed by Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota, 57 laps to the front) and Matt DiBenedetto (Ford) . Likewise, Kevin Harvick (Ford) and Kurt Busch (Chevrolet) completed the top 5. In turn, Aric Almirola (leader in 128 laps) was relegated to 8th position.
This Wednesday, the points calendar will have an impasse with the NASCAR All Star Race, at Bristol Motor Speedway, and will resume on Sunday with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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