NASCAR record-holder Custer returns to site of first win

Cole Custer – at 16 years, 7 months, 28 days – was barely old enough to legally drive a street car when he made his seventh career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last fall.

Custer’s youth and inexperience failed to stop him as he led 148-of-175 laps on his way to Victory Lane to become the youngest race winner in NASCAR national Series history.

The No. 00 Chevrolet driver returns to The Granite State on Saturday for the UNOH 175 (1 p.m. on FS1) with his sights on a repeat triumph. He can etch his name in the record books again by winning the NCWTS’ 500th race.

“Getting back-to-back wins at that place would be a great accomplishment for us,” Custer said.

“I’m really excited and I think we will definitely have a shot at the win.”

On the season, Custer owns one victory (Gateway), one top-five and three top-10 finishes in seven starts.

He will run the same truck at New Hampshire he won with last year and claims the team made it even faster.

“I’ve had this race marked on my calendar for a while,” Custer said. “It has always been a great track for me. I got my first win there last year, and we’re actually bringing the same truck back. The team has put a lot of work into this truck and we’re even better this time.”