Cole Custer is headed to Homestead with a chance to win a championship and that should terrify the other three teams that make the Xfinity Final 4.
Coming into Texas on Saturday most expected pole-sitter Christopher Bell to contend for the win and seal his spot at Homestead in two weeks. The winner of 6 races this year and admitted lover of 1.5-mile tracks was most fans pick for Saturday. That was until Lap 1 when Bell spun out in turn 1 setting up for a long day.
As Bell recovered from that spin he would work his way back to the front. Everything looked good for the #20 until a restart on lap 133 saw Bell get loose. As he chased his car up the track everyone else pounced by stranding the #20 on the outside. When Austin Cindric in his Penske #22 attempted to pass Bell he got loose and sent Bell for a spin and into the wall. Unfortunately for Bell, he fell victim of Austin Cindric doing Austin Cindric things.
That opened up the door for teams to attempt making it to the end of the race on fuel mileage. Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek were going to attempt to make it on fuel. JHN and fuel mileage go together like Clayton Kershaw and the World Series. It always ends poorly.
Unfortunately, the Roush duo of Ryan Reed and Ty Majeski took the fuel mileage chances away from us. The three leaders pitted handing over the lead Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick who would put on a hell of a show at the end of the race.
Tyler Reddick looked like he was going to cruise to victory with 2 laps to go but Cole Custer said not so fast my fell no neck friend. He caught the #9 and passed him on the back stretch on the last lap. The two attempted to side draft one another at the same time banging doors entering turn 3. It was at that moment every fans life flashed before their eyes. If Custer and Reddick took one another out Austin Cindric would have been the winner and secured a spot in the final four at Homestead. Thankfully Custer held on and won the race and secured his own spot at Homestead.
— NASCAR Xfinity (@NASCAR_Xfinity) November 3, 2018
“Don’t Let Custer Make It To Homestead”
Well, you all messed up.
Cole Custer is going to Homestead and he’s feeling more confident than Conor McGregor getting off a flight from Ireland. The kid DOMINATED last years race at Homestead.
Don’t believe me?
Custer led 182 of 200 laps and won by 15 seconds. FIFTEEN SECONDS. That’s unheard of in NASCAR these days. That’s some Ned Jarrett type of shit. That just doesn’t happen in NASCAR these days. A caution generally always comes out. Wayne Auton was so in awe he just let it play out. That and he really enjoyed Ryan Preece pissing off Elliott Sadler.
Cole Custer goes into Homestead as the favorite now. Sorry field.
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