It all started with pushing his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate of Kevin Harvick to a victory in July’s Brickyard 400 for Cole Custer. He’d finish fifth that day. A week later, he’d earn his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory in a thrilling finish to the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway. Not only did that win put him in the All-Star race, he’d become postseason eligible.
At the time, Custer noted that he didn’t necessarily think that they had race winning pace on a consistent level yet. Yes, he would be a playoff driver, but he didn’t think that they’d necessarily stay very long in the postseason with what they had at that moment.
Well, as we sit here today, I think he’s a sleeper to make a run.
See, since that fifth place run on July 5, Custer only has one finish outside of the top 10 in his No. 41 Ford after. He crashed early at Texas two weeks ago and finished 39th. But, he was seventh last Thursday night at the Kansas Speedway then backed that up with an eighth place run in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Custer, is improving by the week and if he can continue this trend up, watch out for him in the playoffs.
“Today was definitely the run we needed,” said Custer. “If we can keep being this consistent, we’ll have something for the playoffs.”