Touring Series

15-Year-Old Custer Wins At Iowa

Cole Custer in victory lane Friday night at Iowa Speedway. (Dan Hodges photo)

NEWTON, Iowa — Cole Custer didn’t just break records Friday night, he shattered them.

The Ladera Ranch, Calif., driver became the youngest winner in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history with his wire-to-wire win in the Pork Be Inspired 150 at Iowa Speedway. He became the first driver to lead every lap in the combination race between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.

At 15 years, 6 months, 10 days, he’s nearly six months younger than previous record holder Dylan Kwasniewski (16 years, 2 months, 6 days). Custer also eclipsed Darrell Wallace Jr.’s East record of 16 years, 5 months, 19 days.

It was a dominant day for Custer, the son of Joe Custer, an executive with Stewart-Haas Racing. Custer was fastest in the second practice in the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet and won his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co.

In the race, he was rarely challenged en route to a 2.679-second win over runner-up Eddie MacDonald. Daniel Suarez finished third and Greg Pursley was the highest finishing NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver in fourth overall. Jesse Little rounded out the top five.

It was Custer’s fourth top 10 in his ninth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. His previous best finishes were a third at Richmond in April and a fourth in the June combination race at Iowa.

Dylan Kwasniewski finished 12th overall to maintain his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points lead of 21 over Moffitt and 32 over Ben Kennedy (14th) after nine of 15 races. NASCAR K&N Pro Series West point leader Derek Thorn finished 16th and is 12 points ahead of Michael Self.


The finish:

1. (1) Cole Custer, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 84.120 mph.

2. (18) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

3. (11) Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico, Toyota, 150.

4. (3) Greg Pursley, Newhall, Calif., Ford, 150.

5. (4) Jesse Little, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

6. (2) Cameron Hayley, Calgary, Alberta, Ford, 150.

7. (10) Kenzie Ruston, El Reno, Okla., Chevrolet, 150.

8. (25) Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn., Toyota, 150.

9. (6) Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa, Toyota, 150.

10. (15) Ben Rhodes, Louisville, Ky., Chevrolet, 150.

11. (29) Michael Self, Park City, Utah, Chevrolet, 150.

12. (7) Dylan Kwasniewski, Las Vegas, Nev., Chevrolet, 150.

13. (35) Brandon McReynolds, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

14. (9) Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 150.

15. (30) Brandon Gdovic, Yorktown, Va., Toyota, 150.

16. (24) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 150.

17. (28) Giles Thornton, Whitefish, Mont., Toyota, 150.

18. (19) Johnny Van Doorn, Coopersville, Mich., Chevrolet, 150.

19. (34) Anthony Giannone, Colorado Springs, Colo., Toyota, 149.

20. (21) MacKenna Bell, Carson City, Nev., Toyota, 149, engine.

21. (27) Dylan Lupton, Wilton, Calif., Ford, 149.

22. (33) Taylor Cuzick, Tolleson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 149.

23. (17) Anderson Bowen, Suwanee, Ga., Dodge, 148.

24. (14) Austin Hill, Winston, Ga., Ford, 144, accident.

25. (40) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif., Chevrolet, 144.

26. (36) Carl Harr, Edmonton, Alberta, Chevrolet, 144.

27. (12) Scott Heckert, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 137.

28. (39) John Wood, Eagle, Idaho, Toyota, 134.

29. (22) Brandon Jones, Atlanta, Ga., Chevrolet, 97, accident.

30. (16) Cale Conley, Vienna, W. Va., Toyota, 97, accident.

31. (31) Austin Dyne, Malibu, Calif., Chevrolet, 97, accident.

32. (38) Akinori Ogata, Kanagawa, Japan, Toyota, 95, alternator.

33. (5) Gray Gaulding, Statesville, N.C., Toyota, 90.

34. (26) Matt Tifft, Hinkley, Ohio, Chevrolet, 87, engine.

35. (23) Brodie Kostecki, Perth, Western Australia, Chevrolet, 81, handling.

36. (8) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 79, clutch.

37. (20) Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif., Toyota, 70, wheel bearing.

38. (37) Dylan Hutchison, Fair Oaks, Calif., Chevrolet, 56, ignition.

39. (13) Bryan Ortiz, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Toyota, 52, accident.

40. (32) Daryl Harr, Edmonton, Alberta, Chevrolet, 31.



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