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Biography

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Cole Custer October 25!

Cole Custer, a friend to Ken Schrader Racing and the youngest driver in history to win a NASCAR national series touring event, has offered to carry PINK ribbons on his #00 Haas Automation Silverado (Camping World Series) truck for one race! Custer’s victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a Truck Series race on September 20, 2014 stunned the racing world and made even international sports headlines.

Custer is entered in the October 25 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. This will be only Custer’s eighth truck race in 2014. Haas Racing Development and owner Gene Haas have dedicated space on the #00 for Breast Cancer Awareness and in support of the annual KSR PINK Campaign. The 2014 campaign has raised more than $2,000 to benefit the Breast Health Center at NorthEast Medical in Concord, NC. Custer’s team, based in Cabarrus County, will carry the PINK campaign as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“It’s always good to help out a great cause,” said Custer, 16. “Knowing this money will go to a local facility to help local breast cancer patients makes this program a winner.”

Ribbons are available for purchase at $10 each. Donors may visit
givenortheastfoundation.org/donate. Follow the prompts and in the designation section, select Ken Schrader Racing. The name of the donor’s choice will be placed on a PINK ribbon that will be displayed on Custer’s #00 for the race.

Deadline for purchasing your ribbon is Wednesday, October 22.

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Custer Wins at New Hampshire

Haas Automation Driver Becomes Youngest Winner in NASCAR National Touring Series History

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 20, 2014) - Cole Custer’s rising-star status shined brightly in the UNOH 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado for Haas Racing Development (HRD), scored his first career Truck Series victory in just his seventh series start. At 16 years, seven months and 28 days, he is the youngest race winner in NASCAR national series history.

Custer started from the pole with a record qualifying lap of 28.877 seconds at 131.897 mph. He then led three times for a race-high 148 laps in the 175-lap race around the 1.058-mile oval.

"What a great feeling and great win," said Custer, who came into New Hampshire with four straight top-10 Truck Series finishes. “This is just our seventh race together as a team. We’ve been pretty good every time we’ve gone out and qualified well, but we just had a great Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado this weekend. We were able to take the lead, which was a big deal because clean air was so important, and after that we were just able to pull away.”

Custer’s previous best Truck Series finish was sixth in June at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. He has two more Truck Series races remaining as part of his nine-race Truck Series schedule for HRD in 2014.Custer has four wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, a feeder division to the Camping World Truck Series.

Despite his youth, Custer showed veteran poise at New Hampshire. He led the first 67 laps before briefly giving up the lead during the first round of green-flag pit stops. Custer was able to quickly regain the lead on lap 71 and held it until a caution flag on lap 147. The native of Ladera Ranch, California, brought the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet to pit road under caution for four tires and fuel, but lost the lead as six trucks took either no tires or two tires and forced Custer to restart seventh on lap 152.

"We were able to race our way back to the front after our four-tire stop,” Custer said. “I thought that was the right call. Two tires weren’t going to be as fast. It was tough to pass, but we were able to get back up there."

Custer raced up to fourth on the lap-152 restart before another quick caution came on lap 156. Custer kept the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet out during the caution period and he restarted fourth on lap 160. Custer made a bold move on the restart to move up to second before the final caution came out on lap 168.

During the final restart, Custer battled former Truck Series champion Matt Crafton for the win, taking the lead for the final time on lap 172. Custer crossed the finish line 1.148 seconds ahead of second place Darrell Wallace Jr.

Custer, who previously won at New Hampshire in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on this same race weekend a year ago, received a special honor in victory lane when race sponsor University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offered him a Presidential Scholarship to attend college and pursue a degree.

"UNOH offered me a Presidential Scholarship after the race – I can’t believe that," said an excited Custer. "That was very generous of them and I appreciate it very much."

Crafton wound up third, while Johnny Sauter and John Nemechek rounded out the top-five. Cameron Hayley, Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick, Joey Coulter and Ryan Blaney comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were five caution periods for 23 laps with eight drivers failing to finish.

The next Camping World Truck Series event for Custer is the Kroger 200 on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The race starts at 1:30 p.m. EDT, with live coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

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The focus in 2013 was the Nascar K&N East Series along with select K&N West races. When not racing and winning, or testing the K&N cars, Cole competed in numerous Late Model, SRL, and Super Late Model events all over the country.

Cole's first laps turned were in a Quarter Midget at 4 years old behind Randy LaJoie's shop in Kannapolis, North Carolina. For the next seven years he traveled the United States competing in QMA and USAC Quarter Midget races weekly. Racing in numerous classes including Jr Honda, Jr Stock, Sr Honda, Sr Stock, Lt 160, World Formula, Lt AA, Hvy AA is where he developed his passion for racing.

Also, during these years Cole competed in pavement and dirt Karting events as well as Bandalero racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rarely did a week pass when he wasn't behind the wheel racing or testing.

After racing for seven years in Quarter Midgets Cole graduated to USAC Midgets and Legend Cars. At 11 years old he began testing both pavement and dirt USAC Focus midgets and at 12 he was allowed to race in the USAC series. Competing for the USAC National Championship he won 15 races in 22 starts on his way to the 2011 USAC National Championship.

During 2011 he also competed in Legend Car events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While on the West Coast Cole was allowed to test Late Model Stock Cars at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California.

Nascar opened up the age limit to 14 year olds in the Late Model division and Cole jumped on the opportunity. Racing in California, Nevada, North Carolina, and South Carolina resulted in 10 wins including his first start in a Late Model at I-10 Speedway. Winning Nascar Rookie-of-the-Year awards in Nevada and Concord North Carolina build confidence.

Plans were started to compete next year in the Nascar K&N Series and testing along with team building resulted.

Cole Custer will pilot three distinct types of race vehicles in 2014. (1) NASCAR Camping World Trucks; (2) K&N Series; (3) Late Models (Irwindale {CA} Speedway).

Sixteen-year-old Custer scored two wins, four top-10 and 6-top five finishes in a 2013 schedule solely dedicated to the K&N Series. His 2014 plans call for him to run as many laps as possible under even more intense competition; manage a balance between racing and all-important high school academics; make a move upward to run a handful of races in the Camping World Truck Series; and win more K&N Series races.

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Schedule

Date
Series
Speedway
Location
2.27.14
KN West
Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, AZ
3.15.14
KN East
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN
3.29.14
CW Truck
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, VA
4.15.14
Late Model
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA
4.19.14
Late Model
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA
4.25.14
KN East
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA
5.17.14
KN East
Iowa Speedway
Newton, IA
5.30.14
CW Truck
Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
6.7.14
Late Model
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA
6.14.14
CW Truck
Gateway Motorsports Park
Madison, IL
6.21.14
Late Model
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA
6.21.14
KN West
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, CA
7.5.14
Late Model
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA    
7.11.14
CW Truck
Iowa Speedway
Newton, IA
7.19.14
Late Model
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA
8.1.14
KN East
Iowa Speedway
Newton, IA
8.8.14
KN East
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY
8.16.14
KN East
Virginia International Raceway
Alton, VA
8.20.14
CW Truck
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN
8.31.14
CW Truck
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
9.20.14
CW Truck
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
9.26.14
KN East
Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
10.25.14
CW Truck
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, VA
11.6.14
KN West
Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, AZ
11.7.14
CW Truck
Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, AZ

Camping World Truck Series 2014

Date
Venue
Start
Finish
Laps Led
Notes
3.29.14
Martinsville, VA
9
12
0
Running / 256 of 256 laps
5.30.14
Dover, DE
28
14
0
Running / 197 of 200 laps
6.14.14
Madison, IL
1
6
0
Running / 160 of 160 laps
7.11.14
Newton, IA
5
8
0
Running / 200 of 200 laps
8.20.14
Bristol, TN
2
8
0
Running / 200 of 200 laps
8.31.14
Toronto, Ont.
5
9
2
Running / 64 of 64 laps
9.20.14




Loudon, NH
Mobile1 Driver of the Race Award Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Award
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148




Running / 175 of 175 laps




10.25.14

Martinsville, VA

4

29

0

Running / 184 of 200 laps
Brakes
11.07.14
Phoenix
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

K&N Pro Series 2014

Date
Venue
Start
Finish
Laps Led
Notes
2.27.14
Phoenix (KN West)
1
1
62
Running / 80 of 80 laps
3.15.14
Bristol, TN
20
14
0
Running / 132 of 132 laps
4.25.14
Richmond
2
1
51
Running / 100 of 100 laps
5.17.14
Newton, IA (KN E/W)
10
13
0
Running / 150 of 150 laps
6.21.14
Sonoma, CA (KN West)
5
12
0
Running / 66 of 66 laps
8.1.14

Newton, IA (KN E/W)       
6

3

65

Running / 150 of 150 laps

8.8.14
Watkins Glen, NY
11
16
0
Accident / 52 of 53 laps
8.16.14
Alton, VA
10
18
0
Accident / 41 of 60 laps
9.26.14
Dover, DE
14
18
0
Running / 147 of 150 laps 
11.6.14
Phoenix (KN West)
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n/a
n/a
n/a

2013 Results

Date
Venue
Start
Finish
Laps Led
Notes
3.15.13
Bristol, TN
17
24
0
Running / 121 of 125 laps
4.6.13
Greenville, SC
10
19
0
Running / 147 of 150 laps
4.13.13
Pensacola, FL
20
22
0
Running / 148 of 150 laps
4.25.13
Richmond, VA
3
3
24
Running / 100 of 100 laps
6.1.13
Winston-Salem, NC
7
10
0
Running / 150 of 150 laps
6.7.13
Newton, IA
2
6
19
Running / 159 of 159 laps
6.22.13
Langley, VA
9
23
0
Engine / 78 of 177 laps
7.13.13
Columbus, OH
17
15
0
Running / 151 of 152 laps
8.2.13

Newton, IA

1

1

150

Running / 150 of 150 laps
Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award
8.24.13
Alton, VA
13
19
0
Running / 50 of 57 laps
9.2.13
Greenville, SC
17
16
0
Running / 139 of 140 laps
9.21.13

Loudon, NH

1

1

60

Running / 105 of 105 laps
Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award
9.27.13
Dover, DE
5
14
0
Running / 150 of 150 laps
10.18.13

Braselton, GA

9

5

0

Running / 28 of 28 laps
Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award
11.9.13



Phoenix



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49



Running / 50 of 50 laps
Led entire race until final turn of final lap –crashed by car running second

Media Kit

Cole Custer

2014 No. 00 CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

Driver: Cole Custer

No. 00 Camping World Truck Series Team (team will enter 9 races on 1.25-mile-and-shorter tracks):
Haas Racing Development - in conjunction with Turner Scott Motorsports

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Crew Chief:
Joe Shear, Jr.

Camping World Truck Series Crew Members:
Jamie Rouleau, Jeff Fultz, Kyle Spinner, Andrew Migliozzi, Wesley Weed, Steven Legendre,
Steve Kenahan (Transporter Driver)

2014 No. 00 K&N EAST/WEST SERIES

Driver: Cole Custer

Team (team will run 10 races):

Bill McAnally Racing - in conjunction with Haas Racing Development

NASCAR K&N Series Crew Chief:
Matt Goslant

K&N Series Crew Members: Andrew Migliozzi, Bill Fife, Jamie Rouleau, Kyle Spinner, Wesley Weed, Steve Kenahan (Transporter Driver)

No. 55 IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL SERIES

Driver: Cole Custer

Team (team will run 5 races):

High Point Racing - in conjunction with Haas Racing Development

Late Model Series Crew Chief:
Jeff Schrader


Press Releases

2014 New Hampshire win
Custer Trucks to First Top.pdf
BMR Richmond Results
Custer Finishes 11th in Truck Series Debut at Martinsville
2014 BMR Phoenix Results
2013 New Hampshire win
2013 Cole Custer Iowa Win
2013 Langley Speedway
2013 Iowa Race
Richmond Race Report 2
Kern County Race Report 2
2013_Pensacola Race Report
2013 Greenville Race Report
Cut Tire Cripples Custer’s Debut Race 2 in
USAC Championship Press Release FINAL
2013 Pre-Season Release

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Contact

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