NASCAR XFINITY Series Overview
Event: Chicagoland 300 (Round 26 of 33)
Date: Sept. 15, 2017
Location: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois
Layout: 1.5-mile oval
Cole Custer Notes of Interest
Cole Custer, Driver Q&A
What are your thoughts on Chicagoland Speedway?
“I’ve only raced at Chicago once, but the time I went there it was one of my favorite tracks. It’s worn out, a little rough, and you can run a lot of different lines, so it makes it one of the more fun tracks we go to.”
Are you looking forward to getting back to an intermediate track?
“Yeah. I think the intermediate tracks have been really good for us and our Haas Automation Ford Mustang. Hopefully, we can bring the same kind of consistency. I think we’ve put a lot of emphasis on our bodies and chassis at the intermediate tracks and have tested at a few, as well. Some of our best finishes this year have been at intermediate tracks, so I think we’ll get one more shot at a regular-season win with a fast car.”
You’re locked into the playoffs in your first season with a brand new XFINITY Series team. What does this mean to you and what do you focus on next?
“It’s incredible. Our first goal of the year was just to make the XFINITY Series playoffs. At the start of the year, we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. No one knew what to really expect. It was awesome to find some speed this year and hopefully we can fine tune what we’ve built and make a solid run through the playoffs. For Chicagoland, I think it’s all about winning. I just wanted to win a race before the end of the year, and last week was kind of heartbreaking because we just had the track go away from us toward the end. Going forward, the main goal is to just get some playoff points heading in so we can set ourselves up for a good run.”
Jeff Meendering, Crew Chief Q&A
What are your thoughts on the new composite body you ran last weekend in Richmond?
“We didn’t have any issues at all with the new body. It really seemed to run well at Richmond. Our plan is to turn this car around for Dover with very minimal work. I think NASCAR did a really good job with the design and working with the teams to make it a success.”
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