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Cole Custer Makes Stand at Kentucky

Cole Custer in Victory Lane - photo by Larry Robinson - Bluegrass Sports Nation

Custer wins Alsco 300 with convincing final stage.

Sparta, KY – July 12, 2019 – Anthony Holbrook

The NASCAR Xfinity Series stopped by Sparta, Friday night for the annual Alsco 300 at Kentucky. The second jewel of the triple header weekend hosted by the Kentucky Speedway.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer No. 20 Ford held off Toyota’s Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20- Christopher Bell to earn his fifth checkers of the season.  This victory is his second win in the last three races and his third victory in the last six races.

Bell, who has four wins this season, won the first two stages and checked  off 72 laps between both segment.

Stage 1

  1. Austin Cindric
  2. Justin Allgaier
  3. Tyler Reddick
  4. Brandon Jones
  5. Noah Gragson
  6. Cole Custer
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Riley Herbst
  9. Chase Brisco

Stage 2

  1. Christopher Bell
  2. Brandon Jones
  3. Cole Custer
  4. Noah Gragson
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Tyler Reddick
  7. Michael Annett
  8. Ryan Truex
  9. Riley Herbst
  10. John Hunter Nemechek

Final Stage

 Cole Custer seized the opportunity to regain the lead from Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Chase Briscoe’s No. 98 Ford on Lap 111 of 200.

Bell charged from fifth to second after a restart on Lap 97 but had nothing for Custer.

 As the Sun was setting in the Commonwealth, Bell’s racing team neglected to adjust the necessary adjustment for final Stage for contention.

Xfinity’s “Top Three” Title Contenders:   Cole Cluster-Driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Ford ,  Christopher Bell- Pilot of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and  NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion Tyler Reddick , has dominated the series this year and finished 1-2-3 at Kentucky Speedway.

Tyler Reddick’s No. 2 Chevy Camaro, NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader and additionally three-time Xfinity winner this season , was unable to lead a lap during last night’s event.

 Cole Cluster’s Ford dominated the Final Stage, checking off  88 of the scheduled 200 circuits.

On lap 155, Cole Cluster patientlyregained back the lead on Lap 155 pulling away from Christopher Bell’s Toyota at a margin of 1.651 sec. to secure the victory.

Custer crosses line for victory – photo Brendon D. Miller

Alsco 300 Race Results

1st – Cole Custer
2nd – Christopher Bell
3rd – Tyler Reddick
4th – Michael Annett
5th – Chase Briscoe
6th – Noah Gragson
7th – Justin Allgaier
8th – Ryan Truex
9th – Ryan Sieg
10th – Justin Haley
11th – Riley Herbst
12th – John Hunter Nemechek
13th – Jeremy Clements
14th – Austin Cindric
15th – Gray Gaulding
16th – Shane Lee
17th – Brandon Brown
18th – Josh Williams
19th – Garrett Smithley
20th – B.J. McLeod
21st – David Starr
22nd – Joey Gase
23rd – Matt Mills
24th – Stephen Leicht
25th – Vinnie Miller
26th – Landon Cassill
27th – Mike Harmon
28th – Chad Finchum
29th – Ronnie Bassett Jr.
30th – Brandon Jones
31st – John Jackson
32nd – Josh Bilicki
33rd – Camden Murphy
34th – Morgan Shepherd
35th – Ray Black Jr.
36th – Jeff Green
37th – Timmy Hill
38th – Jairo Avila Jr.

NASCAR Xfinity Series will travel to New Hampshire Motor Speedway,  July 20, 2019 for the Lakes Region 200   4:00 p.m. ET  NBCs.

The NASCAR Monster Cup Energy Series  concludes a Triple Header Race Weekend at the Kentucky Speedway facility, Saturday July 13th, 2019 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series  7:30 pm  NBCs.

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