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Biography

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To Catch a Rising Star

When 16-year-old Cole Custer wins NASCAR races, he does it with style of a true champion in the making. Most would call this a dream scenario for any brand looking to align with something fresh, full of potential, and uncluttered. Cole Custer is that perfect scenario. Balancing racing with all-important high school academics, Custer enters 2014 with a 19-race aggregate schedule between the Camping World Truck Series, a second year in the K&N Series, and a handful of races near his home in Irwindale (Ca.) Speedway’s Late Model division.


In 2013, Custer made NASCAR history – and even Sports Illustrated – by becoming the youngest winner in the K&N Series at the age of 15 years and 6 months. By season’s end he had earned two wins (Iowa and New Hampshire), three poles, and led 302 laps - the second most laps in the series.


For 2014 Haas Racing Development has partnered with Turner Scott Motorsports to field Custer in nine 2014 Camping World Truck Series races – at tracks 1.25 miles or less in length. He’ll see additional partner support from five-time K&N West Series champion Bill McAnally Racing as it works with HRD to field a limited 10-race K&N Series schedule – with NAPA Auto Parts as primary sponsor. In both Truck and K&N schedules Custer will revisit many venues for which he holds significant top-performance familiarity – such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Richmond, Dover, and Phoenix.

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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

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


Avondale, AZ


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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

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

Email: contact@colecuster.com  Phone: 704-200-7948