Custer sets track record, wins 21 Means 21 Pole Award
June 14, 2014, Staff Report, NASCAR.com
Cole Custer became the youngest pole winner in NASCAR history by turning in the best lap for tonight's Camping World Truck Series Drivin' for Linemen 200, being run at Gateway Motorsports Park (Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1).
Custer, who turned 16 in January, took the pole for the 160-lap race with a track record qualifying speed of 136.426 mph. The Haas Racing Development driver barely beat out Darrell Wallace Jr. (136.401 mph). Erik Jones, Gray Gaulding and Chase Pistone also qualified in the top five.
"It's awesome," Custer said. "We expected to run this good at the start of the year. We expected to get poles and contend for wins, so I think it was just a matter of time. It's awesome to be the youngest pole winner."
Custer, making his third start in the series, also had the best lap in the final practice (136.786). His previous finishes in trucks races are 12th and 14th.
Matt Crafton, the Camping World Truck Series points leader, qualified 11th.
Crafton won last week's Winstar World Casino & Resort 400, marking his second victory of the season. Crafton enters tonight's race with four top-five finishes in six starts.