NASCAR XFINITY Series Overview
Event: Virginia529 College Savings 250 (Round 25 of 33)
Date: Sep. 8, 2017
Location: Richmond (Va.) Raceway
Layout: .75-mile oval
Cole Custer Notes of Interest
Cole Custer, Driver Q&A
You have a win, two top-five finishes and three top-10s at Richmond. What will it take to get your second win at Richmond?
“Richmond is a tough place because you’re just slipping and sliding the whole time, so I think you’ll definitely need a car that can be good on a long run to win there. It’s a really smooth track, but you just slide around like you’re on ice. It makes it really fun and challenging.”
What have you learned from your previous XFINITY Series run this year that you will take back to Richmond?
“Earlier in the year, we had a fast car in practice and missed it a little in the race, but we’ve learned a ton more about our short-track cars since then and feel like we can make it a lot better. I’m looking forward to this weekend because I think we will have a really strong run.”
With only two races left until the XFINITY Series playoffs, are you comfortable where you are in the standings to compete for a championship?
“After Darlington, we locked ourselves into the playoffs. Now, we just want to get as many playoff points as we can going in and I think this weekend is a great chance to do that.”
Jeff Meendering, Crew Chief Q&A
What are your thoughts on heading back to Richmond?
“I’m excited to go to Richmond. Cole had a good run there last year in the XFINITY race and I’ve been on several different teams that have had good runs at that track. Richmond takes a similar setup to Phoenix, where we were in line to have a good finish until we were involved in an accident toward the end of the race. We didn’t have the speed we needed to compete for a win earlier this year, so we’re going to experiment with a different setup which will hopefully carry over to Phoenix later in the playoffs.”
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