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Custer leads wire-to-wire, sets K&N record

August 02, 2013, Pat DeCola,

At age 15, he's youngest winner in series history

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NEWTON, Iowa -- He’ll have to get a ride out of Iowa Speedway, but he doesn’t mind.

At 15 years, six months and 10 days old, Cole Custer became the youngest winner in K&N Pro Series history after he led every lap from the 21 Means 21 Pole to win Friday night’s Pork Be Inspired 150.

In the joint K&N Pro Series East and West event, Custer was untouched, finishing ahead of Eddie MacDonald, Daniel Suarez, Greg Pursley and Jesse Little. Pursley, the top finishing West driver, is credited with a win for his series standings.

“Our guys put a lot of work into this car and we’ve been looking forward to this race for a long time, so we came back here with a really strong car and it was just perfect the whole night,” Custer said.

The finish for Suarez makes it three consecutive races with a top-three finish, a huge accomplishment for a NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver who has backed up his selection as a NASCAR Next driver.

“I think just the momentum and the confidence in me by my sponsors and everybody is having more confidence in me and everybody is starting to believe in this project,” Suarez said. “My communication with my crew chief is getting better and better and this is a result of working on it.”

This race was full of other participants in the NASCAR Next Class of 2013, seeing six drivers from the class place in the top 10. Cameron Hayley (sixth), Kenzie Ruston (seventh), Ryan Gifford (eighth), Brett Moffitt (ninth), and Ben Rhodes (10th) all showed why they were honored as NASCAR’s next crop of young, talented drivers.