Custer wins first Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Cole Custer won the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart on Sunday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. This was Custer’s first career Cup Series win.

The rookie driver has had back-to-back Top 5 finishes. He finished 5th at the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

HaasTooling.com Ford driver Cole Custer celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart
Cole Custer celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“It’s not easy,” Custer said. “You’ve got to kind of adapt as much as you can. I think we’ve gotten better and better at that. It’s just unbelievable. I didn’t think we were coming here and going to win. And now we’re gonna be in the All-Star Race.

“It’s unbelievable. We had a great car all day, one of the best cars I’ve ever driven in my life. It was hard to get to the front. Once we got there, we took advantage of it and I just can’t thank everybody at the shop.”

Custer was able to hold off former Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., who finished second in his Auto Owners Insurance ride for Joe Gibbs Racing. Matt DiBenedetto finished third in his Menards/Quaker State ride for the Wood Brothers Racing team.

This season, Stewart Haas Racing has captured five wins through the first 17 races. Four of the wins have come by Kevin Harvick.

Custer’s teammate Aric Almirola led a race-high 128 laps. Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Custer, and William Byron led multiple laps. DiBenedetto led one lap.

Three drivers were not able to finish the race. This driver list included John Hunter Nemechek, Timmy Hill, and Ryan Preece.

Harvick leads the points standings with 675 points. Keselowski is second with 587 points, while Blaney is third with 580 points.

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