Austin Dillon on Custer: “He Just Took Us Out”
“He just took us out. He was just driving over his head, and he got us,” Austin Dillon said.
Just as it seems one feud is cooling off, it appears another is just getting started in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
In the late stages of the event following a late race caution with 11 laps to go, Cole Custer got loose while trying to get underneath Dillon, as Brennan Poole made a move on Custer. The front of Custer’s No. 00 Haas Automation Ford slid up, making contact with the tail of Dillon’s No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet.
It caused Dillon to go around and back into the wall heavily, followed by Ryan Seig making contact afterward.
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“He just overdrove the corner, and just took me out with him,” Dillon said. “It was a hard hit, but you know, it sucks. The Rheem Chevy was solid all day. We decided to take two and probably wasn’t as fast as we were, and he just made our day worse. I need to thank the Good Lord. We had a good crew today. They did an awesome job. They killed it. But we’ll see Cole here before long, so it’ll be a good year.”
Custer immediately took blame for the incident on the radio, apologizing for getting into the corner too hard.
“I got in there too deep, got really loose going in and couldn’t put any wheel into it,” he said. “That was pretty much it. Just all my fault. Something that won’t happen again. We had a great race leading up to that. We didn’t start out at all how we wanted to, but by the end, we were probably a fifth to eighth place car. I thought that was a really good sign for us. I thought we had a really good Haas Automation Ford. It is unfortunate I cost us and the 2 car there.”
The incident carried on, though, as Dillon retaliated against Custer on the track by pushing him up against the backstretch wall under caution.
“It definitely sucks for us points-wise but I guess you can kind of expect that when he gets taken out,” he said. “I can understand how frustrated he is about it. It is what it is. I will try not to have that happen again.”
Dillon and his crew chief were called to the NASCAR hauler post-race to discuss the retaliation.
“I don’t think it will be that bad,” Dillon said. “We’ll probably just have a coke and discuss things. It’ll be all good.”
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