Cole Custer, a native of Ladera Ranch, California, has grown from racing quarter midgets at the early age of four, contending for NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championships, to competing at NASCAR’s highest level, the Cup Series (NCS). Custer is one of just ten drivers who have won a race in all three of the sport’s national touring series – Cup, Xfinity, and Truck – as well as ARCA and a NASCAR developmental series (K&N Pro Series). The 2023 campaign will mark Custer’s return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he will be driving the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing.
After being promoted to Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cup Series program in 2020, Cole Custer took the sport by storm, becoming the first rookie to win a Cup Series race in four years. The win at Kentucky Speedway helped propel Custer to the NASCAR Playoffs and earned him Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. In three full-time years at the Cup Series level, Custer earned a win, two top-5’s, twelve top-10’s and one pole.
The 2018 and 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series seasons served as breakout campaigns for the young driver. Tallying eight wins, 31 top fives, 50 top tens, 12 poles, Custer finished second in the championship standings in back-to-back years.
In 2017, as a Xfinity Series rookie, Custer won at the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Leading for 182 laps, Custer set a record for the most laps led in a single NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead while driving away from his competition to win by an unbelievable 15.405 seconds. The win capped off an impressive year, with seven top five and 19 top ten finishes.
Prior to his three full time seasons in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, Cole Custer competed in the NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, ARCA Series, and the sport’s Truck Series. In just his third NASCAR Truck Series start at Gateway, Custer set the record as the youngest pole winner in national touring series history at 16 years, four months and 22 days. With his first Truck Series win at New Hampshire, Custer became the youngest race winner in NASCAR national series history at 16 years, seven months, and 28 days.
In 2015, Custer became the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA history while also setting the record for the youngest pole winner in ARCA history at Daytona the next year.
Cole resides in Davidson, NC with his wife, Kari, and the couple’s dog, Honey. When he’s not at the track, Cole is an avid golfer, grill master, and enjoys time outdoors with his friends and family.