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XFS: Custer keeps rolling, notching win #5

(MRN) Cole Custer captured his fifth win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season in Friday night’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Custer turned in another strong performance leading 88 of the 200 laps around the 1.5-mile track.

“It’s pretty unbelievable to just win once in the last two years and now to have five, it’s a testament to our guys,” Custer said. “I just can’t thank them enough.

“That was an unbelievable race. They gave me a great car. I wasn’t happy with it at the start of the race but they made great adjustments. It is awesome to get Ford in victory lane. It is unbelievable.”

He finished ahead of the other two members of the “Big 3” with Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick finishing second and third, respectively.

It was Custer’s seventh career win. His five wins this year lead the series.

Michael Annett and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five. Only the first five finishers were on the lead lap.

“Kind of a weird night,” Briscoe said. “It felt like tonight was the most track position-dependent night of the year so far. I felt overall it was a good night for us, I feel we should be running top five every weekend.”

Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Truex, Ryan Sieg and Justin Haley completed the first 10 finishers.

“I thought we were a 3rd or 4th place car tonight,” Allgaier said. “Unfortunately, we had some mistakes on pit road and then I sped getting onto pit road…we’ll keep plugging along, a good points night. It’s all you can do is keep going.”

Bell won the first two stages.

Fin Str Car Driver Make Laps Pts Status Laps Led
1 5 00 Cole Custer Ford 200 52 Running 88
2 2 20 Christopher Bell Toyota 200 55 Running 72
3 8 2 Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 200 46 Running 0
4 10 1 Michael Annett Chevrolet 200 40 Running 0
5 9 98 Chase Briscoe # Ford 200 33 Running 14
6 3 9 Noah Gragson # Chevrolet 199 43 Running 8
7 4 7 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 199 44 Running 1
8 12 8 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 199 32 Running 0
9 13 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 199 28 Running 0
10 14 11 Justin Haley # Chevrolet 199 27 Running 4

2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Standings

After Race 17: Kentucky

Rank Driver Starts G/L Points -Leader -Next Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts
1 Tyler Reddick 17 0 764 0 0 3 3 18
2 Christopher Bell 17 0 697 -67 67 4 10 30
3 Cole Custer 17 0 689 -75 8 5 6 31
4 Austin Cindric 17 0 621 -143 68 0 1 1
5 Justin Allgaier 17 0 617 -147 4 0 4 4
6 Noah Gragson # 17 0 569 -195 48 0 1 1
7 Michael Annett 17 2 540 -224 29 1 1 6
8 Chase Briscoe # 17 2 531 -233 9 0 0 0
9 John Hunter Nemechek # 17 -2 530 -234 1 0 0 0
10 Justin Haley # 17 -2 528 -236 2 0 1 1
11 Ryan Sieg 17 1 463 -301 65 0 1 1
12 Brandon Jones 17 -1 460 -304 3 0 0 0

About Jim Harris

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