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No. 00 Xfinity NASCAR Ford Gets Fifth Top Five This Year At Dover: Video

Cole Custer has been quietly consistent so far this season, bringing his No. 00 NASCAR Ford Mustang Dark Horse to its fifth top-five finish in the Xfinity Series at Dover on April 27th, 2024. In fact, he never strayed far from the front, commanding the race for 95 laps – although his lead vanished when it mattered most as the pack battled rain and slick racing conditions.

Custer took the lead away from the No. 2 Chevy Camaro SS of Jesse Love on Lap 73, going on to win Stage 2 and gain valuable Playoff points. However, he wasn’t able to maintain the lead throughout Stage 3 as he elected not to pit and take new tires. He slipped behind ultimate race winner Ryan Truex, driver of the No. 19 Toyota TRD Supra, falling back to fifth by the time the checkered flag waved.

“Those final 50 laps were pretty frustrating with the rain and trying to make that call on Pit Road,” Custer said. “In hindsight, we probably should have pitted, and I think we probably would have won. My No. 00 guys did such a great job with our Ford Mustang Dark Horse. It was definitely a dominant car, and it just shows a lot of promise for our cars moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Mustang, didn’t have nearly as good of a day. He spun out with seven laps left on the board, tangling with the No. 7 Camaro of Justin Allgaier and relegating him to a 16th-place finish.

“The speed is fine, for sure,” Herbst said. “I guess the No. 7 car [Allgaier] got back at us from last week [at Talladega], so it is what it is and we’ll move on… we should have finished third at worst.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Dover Motor Speedway, April 27, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 12 20 Ryan Truex The Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 208 2 Toyota TRD Supra
2 26 88 Carson Kvapil Chevy Truck Season Chevrolet 208 14 Chevrolet Camaro
3 20 1 Sam Mayer NASCAR Refuel Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
4 5 18 Sheldon Creed Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota 208 3 Toyota TRD Supra
5 11 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 208 95 Ford Mustang
6 10 16 AJ Allmendinger LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
7 7 81 Chandler Smith Smith General Contracting Toyota 208 0 Toyota TRD Supra
8 6 91 Kyle Weatherman DriveSmartWarranty.com Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
9 21 5 Anthony Alfredo Dude Wipes Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
10 17 31 Parker Retzlaff FUNKAWAY Chevrolet 208 3 Chevrolet Camaro
11 19 27 Jeb Burton Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
12 15 48 Parker Kligerman Motley Crue Dogs of War Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
13 23 43 Ryan Ellis Costa Oil Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
14 25 51 Jeremy Clements Nordic Logistics Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
15 4 21 Austin Hill Nuthin Fancy Collection Chevrolet 208 17 Chevrolet Camaro
16 2 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 208 0 Ford Mustang
17 3 7 Justin Allgaier Jarrett Logistics Chevrolet 208 39 Chevrolet Camaro
18 31 97 Shane Van Gisbergen # WeatherTech Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
19 1 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Barracuda Chevrolet 208 13 Chevrolet Camaro
20 36 10 Daniel Dye(i) Race to Stop Suicide Chevrolet 208 0 Chevrolet Camaro
21 28 42 Leland Honeyman # RANDCO Industries Chevrolet 207 0 Chevrolet Camaro
22 27 44 Brennan Poole Prime Bites Brownie Chevrolet 207 0 Chevrolet Camaro
23 18 92 Kaden Honeycutt(i) Drive Sober Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet 206 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 8 2 Jesse Love # Whelen Chevrolet 206 21 Chevrolet Camaro
25 38 11 Josh Williams Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 206 0 Chevrolet Camaro
26 37 14 David Starr Alarm Tech Chevrolet 206 0 Chevrolet Camaro
27 24 28 Kyle Sieg Independent Metal Strap Ford 206 1 Ford Mustang
28 30 07 Patrick Emerling Goon Tape Chevrolet 205 0 Chevrolet Camaro
29 32 4 Dawson Cram # NJSP Troopers United Foundation Chevrolet 205 0 Chevrolet Camaro
30 35 6 Garrett Smithley Heroes Haven Chevrolet 202 0 Chevrolet Camaro
31 29 15 Hailie Deegan # AirBox Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
32 16 38 Matt DiBenedetto Viking Motorsports Ford 196 0 Ford Mustang
33 13 8 Sammy Smith Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 192 0 Chevrolet Camaro
34 9 19 Taylor Gray(i) Operation 300 Toyota 183 0 Toyota TRD Supra
35 22 26 Corey Heim(i) Synergy Modular Toyota 85 0 Toyota TRD Supra
36 34 29 Blaine Perkins Ollie's Ford 47 0 Ford Mustang
37 14 39 Ryan Sieg Sci Aps Ford 25 0 Ford Mustang
38 33 35 JJ Yeley Toyota 4 0 Toyota TRD Supra

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Dave Mathers

    Custer is second in the points, only one point behind leader Chandler Smith.

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