Cole Custer

High School Sophomore, COLE CUSTER of Ladera Ranch CA has the pole position for the season’s opener NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Phoenix International Raceway. The baby-faced driver turned a 27.369/131.536 mph lap on the one-mile speedway. Custer, now 16, is driving thanks to a change last year in the rules lowering the minimum starting age to 14 for NASCAR Touring Series. He, however, is not a series Rookie this year, having raced eight races in the combined 2013 K&N East and West Series. Custer had the pole for last fall’s race at PIR and finished sixth out of thirty-one drivers.

Racing runs in the Custer family. Dad, JOE CUSTER, is executive vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, and Cole’s No.00 BILL McANALLY Chevrolet is sponsored by Haas Automation.

Cole Custer's Car

 Steve Nestroyl Memoriam Decal

K&N Series Impounded Cars

Second through fifth fastest for the 75-lap race: GREG PURSLEY/No.26 Chevrolet, DAVID MAYHEW/No.17 Chevrolet, BRETT THOMPSON/No.61 Chevrolet, and GREY GAULDING/No.02 Chevrolet.

After qualifying all the K&N cars were impounded in the empty Sprint Cup garage, pending the 5pm race.

All the cars have a memoriam decal on their left rear quarter panel, honoring the late STEVE NESTROYL, a long-time member of the K&N staff of officials.

The field for Thursday night’s Talking Stick Resort 75 K&N race is twenty-nine entrants, including ten Rookies and five Canadian drivers. BRANDON McREYNOLDS, is the twenty-two year old son of former NASCAR Cup Crew Chief and current race analyst for FOX Sports, LARRY McREYNOLDS. Brandon qualified ninth. Sixteen year-old JAMES BICKFORD of Napa CA is the cousin of four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, JEFF GORDON. Bickford qualified fifteenth.

Thursday, NASCAR was one of many to comment affirmatively on the Arizona Governor’s veto of a controversial State Senate Bill. “We are pleased with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of SB1062. NASCAR actively strives to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the motorsports industry. NASCAR has a zero tolerance policy against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race, gender, national origin, age, color, disability, religion, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.”

Last Modified on March 1, 2014
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