Cole Custer who runs the No.41 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing competing full-time in the Cup Series and part-time in the Xfinity Series driving the No.07 and No.08 Ford Mustangs for SS Green Light Racing and is getting all set for his fourth start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this coming week.
He has had a pretty up and down season so far with just five top 20s and the rest spread across the grid with his best outing being a P7 at this previous week’s NASCAR All-Star Open. This week will mark his fourth Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile oval track with his first race being the best by far with a 12th place finish.
He also has pretty impressive stats of his Xfinity Series races here with having four top 10s out of five starts and his best being a P2 in 2018. He will be paying respects to the U.S. Army Corporal Joshua McKay Moore who gave his life-fighting in Iran, as a part of NASCAR’s Salutes on the Memorial Day Weekend event.
“The 600 is definitely the longest race I’ve ever run,” says Cole Custer ahead of his 4th Charlotte start
Cole Custer appears to be having a strategy beforehand of remaining hydrated and staying healthy prior to the long and exhausting 600 lap-race, he admits that the Coca-Cola 600 is the lengthiest race he’s ever run and says that it’s really important to take it slow in the beginning.
“The 600 is definitely the longest race I’ve ever run. I think the biggest thing is staying hydrated and making sure you’re loose before the race and not sore. Just try and relax, especially in the first part of the race,” said Cole Custer.
He further added by appreciating NASCAR for its efforts to honor those who fight for us to help keep us safe and to be able to come out and race and wishes to have a decent race this year in the memory of the U.S. Army Corporal Joshua McKay Moore and his loved ones.
“NASCAR has always done a really good job saluting the military and everything they’ve done for our country to keep us safe. I think it’s really cool that we do this and hopefully, we can have a good run this weekend in honor of Corporal Moore and his family and friends,” added Cole Custer.
“It’s a track where you have to have a really good, consistent line,” says Cole Custer speaking of his understanding of the Charlotte track
When Cole Custer was questioned about how he managed to post such results at the 1.5-Mile Oval, he answered by saying that the track was always in his favor yet also being the most difficult for its length and added that because of its edginess, it’s really essential to keep moving around.
“Charlotte has always been a good track for me. I’ve always run pretty good there. It’s definitely one of the most difficult mile-and-a-half tracks that we go to because it’s so edgy. It’s starting to get bumpy and you have to move around a little bit,” said Cole Custer.
He concluded by saying that the line you choose to race on is critical and maintaining that line is really crucial given the inconsistency of the bumps on the track and finally added that he succeeded with it before and depends on one trying to find his way to the front of the pack.
“It’s really line-sensitive. It’s a track where you have to have a really good, consistent line so you can kind of navigate the bumps in the corners. It’s worked out for me and been good to me in the past. It’s just a matter of trying to figure out how you can work traffic and work your way to the front,” concluded Cole Custer.
With Cole Custer standing 27th in the Cup Series points table, his chances in playoffs are faint but given his age and skill, he definitely has a long way to go.