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ASHLEY ASKS…… Cole Custer

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Entering the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Cole Custer is coming off three back-to-back top-10 finishes.

POPULAR SPEED caught up with the Stewart-Haas Racing driver to get his thoughts entering the weekend, and more.

POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts going into Texas?

COLE CUSTER: I’m looking forward to it. The mile-and-a-halves have been really good to our team, so I think we’ve built some momentum the last few weeks trying to build things and had a few top-10’s. Now it’s just trying to have a solid race, and do everything right. We have plenty of speed – it’s just doing everything right.

PS: What is the biggest challenge of Texas?

COLE: That the two ends are different so you have to compromise between the two ends. One end is really banked and fast, and the other is really flat, so it’s tough to get the balance on the car for both ends.

PS: You talked about your season so far briefly, but where do you feel you and your team need to get better?

COLE: I think we’ve had a decent amount of bad luck so far so it’ll be better when that clears up. I could also do a better job on restarts and things like that. I think it’s just making sure you don’t make any mistakes. We’ve done a really good job at having speed; it’s just making sure we don’t have many mistakes.

PS: Having seen the success that Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, does that help the confidence in knowing what the organization is capable of?

COLE: Yeah, for sure. We’re a bit different than the Cup side, but it’s always good to have momentum on the team. We do share some notes so it’s good to get that going and brings a great atmosphere to the shop when we’re winning races. It’s definitely been awesome to see that.

PS: Looking ahead, what track are you most excited to get to in the weeks to come beyond Texas?

COLE: I’m looking forward to Bristol. I think that’ll be fun. We ran pretty decent there last year. It’s always fun going to Bristol; it’s a track that everybody loved when they were a kid growing up watching.

PS: Who is your racing hero?

COLE: I’ve always liked Jason Leftler when I was kid. He was kind of from a similar background that I come from, so I always really liked him. I liked his driving style – he was pretty aggressive; he was always someone I liked to watch.

PS: Having some fun and letting the fans get to know you off the track, what is your favorite food?

COLE: I don’t know. I think I’d go with a burger. I’m just pretty simple. I don’t think you can go wrong with that.

PS: What’s your least favorite food?

COLE: I don’t even know what to say…

PS: Dream vacation spot?

COLE: I would say going to Colorado, anywhere in the mountains. I think it’s fun going skiing and just going up in the mountains. It’s one of the coolest things to go do.

PS: Favorite TV show?

COLE: I like the Office a lot. I’ve always been a fan of that.

PS: If you were stuck on an island, what are three things you must have?

COLE: Water, food, and maybe my phone because I’m pretty addicted to that.

EMAIL ASHLEY AT ashley.mccubbin@popularspeed.com

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.