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.
Beginning in 2015, Cole Custer will lead JR Motorsports (JRM) into new territory as the organization makes a foray into NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition. Custer, a native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., will pilot the No. 00 Haas Automation Silverado in 10 NCWTS races for JRM this season.
At only 17 years of age, Custer's talents behind the wheel are undeniable, and his future remarkably bright. In 2014 alone, Custer twice etched his name in the NASCAR history books in NCWTS competition. First came a pole award at Gateway Motorsports Park (St. Louis, Mo.), which made him the youngest pole winner in NASCAR Touring Series history. Then by virtue of a remarkable win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Custer became the youngest victor in NASCAR Touring Series history. He concluded the 2014 NCWTS season with one win, two top-five and six top-10 finishes in only nine series starts.
Custer's ascent up the racing ladder began at the ripe age of 4, with the youngster spinning circuits in a quarter midget behind a shop in Kannapolis, N.C. For the next seven years he traversed the United States competing in weekly Quarter Midget Association (QMA) and United States Auto Club (USAC) Quarter Midget races. During this time Custer also honed his skills in pavement and dirt karting events, in addition to Bandalero racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All told, he accumulated more than 100 feature wins in competition from 2002-10.
Custer progressed rapidly and soon graduated to USAC Midgets and Legend Cars. By the time he was 12, Custer locked down a 2011 USAC National Championship, winning a total of 15 races in only 22 starts. The success helped propel him into Late Model competition, where he earned 10 wins in various races across the western and southern regions of the U.S.
A transition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series followed in 2013-14, and Custer's aptitude at that level shattered expectations. Competing in only 26 races in both the West and East Series, Custer secured four wins, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes and four pole awards. Included in that total was a dominant performance at Iowa Speedway in 2013, when he started from the pole and led the race from start to finish.
For the 2015 NCWTS season, Custer will be paired with veteran crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. who also served as crew chief for Custer during the 2014 season. Shear Jr. is a nine-time winner in the NCWTS.
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