Christopher Bell led 186 of 200 laps on his way to winning Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Bell beat Cole Custer to claim his fifth of the year.
The top five was completed by Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick and Paul Menard.
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Tyler Reddick continues to lead the standings despite having two few wins than Bell and Custer.
He has a 56-point lead over Bell and 76-point advantage over Custer in third.
The top five is completed by Justin Allgaier (-146 points) and Austin Cindric (-163 points).
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Cole Custer will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (4 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Custer claimed his fifth pole of the year with a speed of 130.528 mph around the 1-mile track.
He topped Christopher Bell, who qualified second with a speed of 130.189 mph.
“It’s huge, I didn’t know if it was going to be a pole lap, honestly,” Custer told NBCSN. “I thought I could have hit it a little bit better. … This is the best car I’ve had at New Hampshire in a long time.”
It’s the ninth time Custer has started on the front row this year.
The top five is completed by Austin Cindric, Paul Menard and Chase Briscoe. This is the second time Briscoe has started in the top five this year.
Tyler Reddick qualified 11th, his worst starting position in the last 15 races.
Dillon Bassett, Josh Bilicki and Camden Murphy failed to make the race.
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SPARTA, Ky. – Cole Custer scored his series-high fifth Xfinity victory of the season Friday night, winning at Kentucky Speedway.
The series’ three dominant drivers this season all finished in the top three. Christopher Bell, who won the first two stages, finished second. Tyler Reddick was third.
Michael Annett and Chase Briscoe completed the top five. Only the top five cars finished on the lead lap. Custer led 88 of the 200 laps.
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This is Custer’s second consecutive victory on a 1.5-mile track. He won at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago. This also is Custer’s third victory in the last six races.
“This one just goes to my team,” Custer said. “The car was unbelievable at the end. They knew exactly what to do with it when the track changed and I was just lucky to drive it there at the end.”
Stage 1 winner: Christopher Bell
Stage 2 winner: Christopher Bell
Who had a bad race: Austin Cindric started on the pole and was running in the top five when he got loose underneath Justin Haley‘s car and backed into the wall in Turn 3 on Lap 55. Cindric went on to finish 14th. … Brandon Jones ran in the top five much of the race until an engine issue on Lap 106 ended his race. Jones finished 30th.
Who had a good race: The Big 3 (Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick) went 1-2-3. Michael Annett’s fourth-place finish was his third top-five in the last five races. … Ryan Truex finished eighth in just his second start of the season. … Ryan Sieg‘s ninth-place run was his first top 10 in the last six races.
Notable: All five of Cole Custer’s wins this season have come in the last 13 races. He had two wins in his first 75 series starts.
Next: July 20 at New Hampshire at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN
SPARTA, Ky. – Austin Cindric, whose crew chief was ejected by NASCAR on Thursday for a body modification to the team’s car, will start on the pole for Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
“This is an awesome start,” Cindric told NBCSN. “Starting from the right spot. Hopefully finish in the right spot.”
Cindric won his first pole of the season with a lap of 180.030 mph. Christopher Bell, who won this race last year, starts second after a lap of 179.623 mph.
They are followed by JR Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson (179.551 mph) and Justin Allgaier (179.342). Cole Custer starts fifth after a lap of 179.277 mph.
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Also, the car chief for Custer’s team was ejected after Custer’s car failed inspection three times before qualifying.
NBCSN’s coverage of the Xfinity Series race begins at 7 p.m. ET. The wunderground.com forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 84 degrees and no chance of rain.
Cole Custer was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice session Thursday at Kentucky Speedway.
Custer posted a top speed of 180.210 mph around the 1.5-mile track.
The top five was completed by Christopher Bell (179.934 mph), Tyler Reddick (179.294), Noah Gragson (178.938) and Brandon Jones (178.902).
Custer recorded the most laps in the session with 52 and had the best 10-lap average at 178.875 mph.
The session was slowed once for Chad Finchum making contact with the wall.
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Christopher Bell was fastest in the first practice session
Bell posted a top speed of 177.579 mph.
The top five was completed by John Hunter Nemechek (177.049 mph), Reddick (176.857), Custer (176.171) and Austin Cindric (175.970).
Cindric was in the top five after his crew chief, Brian Wilson, was ejected from the race weekend due to a L1 level penalty.
Michael Annett recorded the most laps in the session with 43. He was 11th on the speed chart.
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The final practice session is scheduled for 6-6:50 p.m. ET.