Written By: Robert Henry

Fontana, CA  – After a grueling 150 laps, which Kyle Busch in the No. 18 iK9 Toyota car commanded for more than three-quarters of the race, but Cole Custer in the No. 00 Thompson Pipe/Haas CNC Ford car was determined and he came away with a huge win!  All week everyone was talking about how Busch is in search of his 200th win and how he is expected to take the win in this Xfinity race.  At points in the race it did not seem that anyone but Busch would be taking the checkered flag.  Chances are if it wasn’t for a mistake in pit road for Busch, he would be the one taking home his 200th win today.

At the beginning of stage one Tyler Reddick in the Hurdl Chevrolet car was in poll position after having the best time in the qualifiers.  Busch started in the second position to start the race, but it would not be long until he took over as the leader in today’s exciting race.  After the first eight laps Reddick was still in the lead with Busch right on his tail. Then followed by Christopher Bell in the #20 Raheem Toyota car and rounding out the top five was Custer.  On lap twelve Busch was able to overtake Reddick for the first-place position.  Busch would eventually go on to take the first-place spot at the end of the first stage with Reddick and Custer following closely behind.

Busch continued his commanding lead into the second stage with Reddick still chasing him down throughout the whole stage.  Twelve laps into the second stage Custer dropped back into fifth with Noah Gragson in the #9 Switch Chevrolet car and Justin Allgaier in the #7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet car right in front of him.  At the end of stage two Busch continued his dominance from the first stage all the way to the end of the second stage. Busch was one step closer to sweeping today’s race by taking first in the second stage of the race.

At the start of the third stage Busch would continue commanding the lead and it would stay that way until the last stretch of the race.  In lap eighty-two John Hunter in the #23 Fire Alarm Services INC Chevrolet car was bumped and spun out hitting the inside wall hard causing a caution flag to be waved.  This would give all the drivers a chance to stop at pit road to get new tires.  Busch would go on to lose his first-place position to Custer with fifty-four laps left in the race, but it only took him three laps to regain the lead.  Fourteen laps later Busch was able to pull away from the competition that was hunting him down extending his lead to two seconds. On lap 111 Austin Cindric in the #22 America’s Tire/Discount Tire Ford Car spun out causing a caution flag to be waved. Giving the drivers yet another chance to stop a pit road and get some new tires.  This would end up being the downfall for Busch and his team.  Busch was forced to go to the back of the pack at the sixteenth position due to a penalty that occurred in pit road.  This devastating mistake gave Custer the perfect opportunity to take over as the leader.  Busch, driving aggressively, was able to propel himself back in to the second-place position after another caution flag was waved due to Ryan Preece in the #8 Velveeta Shells and Cheese Chevrolet car spun out of control.

Busch would not be able to catch up to Custer after falling behind due to the mishap in pit road.  Custer was able to pull away from Busch giving himself a two second cushion ahead of Busch.  With five laps to go Custer was set to win the race barring no caution flag being waved.  No caution was waved, giving Custer free reign to take home the win today. Custer takes home the checkered flag with Busch in second place and Christopher Bell in the #20 Rheem Toyota bringing up the third-place position.  This was Custer’s first win in his home state of California.  Congratulations to Cole Custer on this huge win for him and his race team!

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