JOLIET, Illinois – Cole Custer had one of the most dominant achievements of his career and won the Saturday's race of the Camping World 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series at Chicagoland Speedway in 151 of 200 laps.
Having previously won this season at Fontana, Richmond and Pocono, Custer joins Christopher Bell as the only two riders to have recorded four wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season.
" Great car, I do not know how it could have been better." Custer told crew chief Mike Shiplett about the team radio after he had captured the checkered flag.
"This is a great track that I have wanted to win here for a long time," said Custer. "You can see we've gotten better as the year progresses … It means a lot."
Bell, who finished third, was disqualified about an hour after the checkered flag hit when it turned out that his car was coming down He is the second driver to have been disqualified in a NASCAR race in the last 13 days (Ross Chastain was qualified after winning the Iowa Truck Race on June 16, also because of the front of his truck was too low).
] Prior to Bell's disqualification, Custer was asked if he wanted to beat his two top challengers in the series, Bell and Tyler Reddick. "We three are fighting for wins every weekend," Custer said think we'll have to improve and look after something this summer. "
Logano finished second, followed by Michael Annett, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cidric, and sixth to tenth were Noah Gragson (best freshman), Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, Reddick and Riley Herbst.
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Logano complimented Custer and said, "He did good. It's funny when you step up to the next level and see that the next up and coming talent is there, he's ready for it (NASCAR Cup), I can say that.
BJ McLeod hit the wall of Round 173, where some drivers are looking for tires and one last tank of fuel. In the subsequent restart on lap 179 Custer jumped to the last place and set the rest of the way for the victory from fourth place to the first.
Several drivers were penalized before the race and dropped to the back of the field for the green flag: No. 98 (Chase Briscoe) and No. 78 (Vinnie Miller) for unauthorized adjustments, No. 28 (Shane Lee) for a change of engine, No. 17 (Josh Bilicki) for a driver change (the team did not have a driver's name listed on the original entry list), No. 38 (Jeff Green) for absence of driver / crew chief meeting and No. 42 (Chad Finchum) for crew chief (Brian Keselowski) Lack of driver / crew chief meeting.
Stage 1 winner: Cole Custer (6th stage victory of the season)
Winner of the 2nd stage: Joey Logano  Who had a good race: Cole Custer put on a driving clinic with his performance. He climbed up when he had to, and also fell low, using practically every inch of the track he needed. Although so much has been said about Christopher Bell this season, you should keep an eye out for Custer as a potential Xfinity champion if Saturday's performance is a good indicator.
Who had a bad race: Justin Allgaier from Illinois had a rough day. On lap 11, he had a solo spin when he finished third. On lap 116, he was forced to disband and rip Jeffrey Earnhardt before Allgaier and then hit hard in round 129 the wall. He immediately drove his car into the garage, his day was over. " I'm totally crazy to be here," Allgaier told NBCSN after being examined at the Infield Care Center. "It was a tough day … a very disappointing day."
Next race: Circle K Firecracker 250; Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm ET; Daytona International Speedway (NBCSN, Motorsport Network / SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).