Cole Custer triumphs at New Hampshire as youngest NASCAR national series winner

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Cole Custer is our next guest on Fan4Racing Fan2Fan NASCAR & Race Talk on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm ET. Call 347-996-5176 during the LIVE broadcast with any questions or comments.

Cole Custer had his Sweet 16 and his coming-out party on the same afternoon.

On a restart with four laps left in Saturday’s UNOH 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Custer surged to the front and passed Matt Crafton, who spun his tires approaching the start/finish line.

Darrell Wallace Jr. drove hard to the inside entering turn one, passing Crafton for second and challenging Custer for the lead. But with four fresh tires to Wallace’s two, Custer prevailed in turn three and pulled away to become the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history at 16 years, 7 months, 28 days.

As he climbed from his No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, Custer confessed to a surreal feeling.

“I’ve been coming to these races since I was really young,” Custer said. “I’ve looked up to this series and everybody who races in this series, and I couldn’t even imagine racing here and even winning a race. I can’t even explain how amazing this is.”

Custer, the polesitter, got his first Camping World Truck win in his seventh start in the series. It was also the first victory of the season for Turner Scott Motorsports.

Even though Custer led 144 of the first 147 laps, a pit-road decision by crew chief Joe Shear Jr. complicated the equation—but ultimately proved decisive.

When Custer came to the pits from the lead under caution on lap 147 of 175, Shear opted to change four tires. Erik Jones stayed out under the yellow—the second of the race—and five other drivers, including Crafton and Wallace, beat Custer out of the pits with two-tire calls, dropping Custer to seventh for a restart on lap 153.

“I was really worried,” Custer confessed. “It was so hard to pass, even lappers.”

But a race that had gone 101 laps without a caution—a record to start a Truck Series race at New Hampshire—saw three yellows in the last 20 laps, allowing Custer to gain positions. By the last restart on lap 172, he had worked his way to second and took the green from the front row, to the inside of Crafton.

“I couldn’t believe we got through all of those guys,” Custer said. “The air affected it so much. We had some great restarts, which helped us a lot. … I can’t believe it’s happening right now.”

Crafton started the race from the rear of the field after failing to post a qualifying time because of an electrical problem in the No. 88 Toyota. Though the defending series champion charged through the field, finished third and extended his series lead to seven points over ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter, who ran fourth, the positives in the run were of little consolation to Crafton.

“Started at the back, drove to the front, got beat at the end,” was Crafton’s terse assessment of his performance. “I spun the tires and couldn’t get it in fourth gear, to be totally honest. Once I spun the tires, I was screwed right there.

“Then I couldn’t get it in gear, and everybody had a run on me. My bad.”

John Hunter Nemechek finished a career-best fifth.

Ryan Blaney, third in points, spun after contact from Timothy Peters’ Toyota to cause the fourth caution on  lap 160. Blaney finished tenth and dropped 24 points behind Crafton in the series standings.

Tyler Reddick (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.

There were five lead changes among three drivers. All told, Custer led 148 laps; Crafton was out front for 20 circuits; and seventh-place finisher Jones led seven laps.

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Point Standings

Turner Scott Motorsports Closes the No. 30 Camping World Truck Series Team

TSMlogoTurner Scott Motorsports announced today that it has taken the regrettable but necessary steps to layoff 18 employees company-wide as a result of ending operations of the No. 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team and to stay competitive throughout the rest of the 2014 season.

“The decision to lay-off any employee is painful and we realize the affects it has on their lives,” said Harry Scott Jr, who’s investment firm is a co-owner of TSM. “However, the decisions made by TSM today are necessary and the responsible steps for all TSM to ensure our commitment to our employees, partners and fans to be as competitive as possible.”

The company notified employees this afternoon and will do all it can to help those affected to find new roles in the industry.

After conflicting reports last week, on the status of Turner Scott Motorsports organization, it turned out the only team missing from the Camping World Truck Series at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park was the No. 30 team of Ron Hornaday Jr.

Conflicting Reports Surround Turner Scott Motorsports

TSMlogoSeveral media outlets are reporting this afternoon that Turner Scott Motorsports is shuttering their Camping World Truck Series operations as of 3 pm this afternoon. While there are confirmations that some Turner Scott Motorsports employees were temporarily laid off as of 3 pm Wednesday afternoon.  There is reason to believe it is not the entire Camping World Truck series operation that is shuttering, but possibly one team.   Continue reading

Fan4Racing Reacts & Discusses Kevin Ward Jr and Tony Stewart – Monday, August 11, 2014

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The sport of racing is grieving this week after losing Sprint Car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a Tragedy on the Track Involving NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver, Tony Stewart has put our racing community in a state of shock. We’ll discuss our reaction during the show.

Our guests include K&N East driver, Sergio Peña, from Rev Racing talking about his 2014 season and racing at his home state track Virgina International Raceway on August 16th.

SPEARS Southwest Tour Series co-owner, Brian Olsen talks about the series and some exciting upcoming events, including returning to Irwindale Speedway this weekend.

K&N East driver Scott Heckert from Turner Scott Motorsports talks about getting his first K&N Victory at Watkins Glen.

Join host Sharon Burton and co-host Sal Sigala every Monday night 8:30 to 10:45 pm ET as we bring fans the smartest racing talk around on Fan4Racing Fan2Fan NASCAR & Race Talk

Also, introducing our new segment NASCAR Hot Topics Sound off with host Sharon Burton and guests Steve Billmyer and Kristen Schneider.

Listen to our round table panel discussion with drivers, crew, and other racing personalities and call 347-996-5176 during the LIVE Broadcast to join the conversation about the hottest topics leading up to the next race!

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Scott Heckert Captures First Career Win with Bully Hill Vineyards 125 Victory

Scott Heckert celebrates his first career K&N East Victory at WGI Photo - Getty Images

Scott Heckert celebrates his first career K&N East Victory at WGI Photo – Getty Images

Scott Heckert is our next guest on Fan4Racing Fan2Fan NASCAR & Race Talk on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm ET. Call 347-996-5176 during the LIVE broadcast with any comments/questions.

Turner Scott Motorsports driver Scott Heckert earns his first career K&N East victory!

The Bully Hill Vineyards 125 is a NASCAR K&N East race to remember for the ages, with plenty of action at Watkins Glen International, marking their first race at the track since 2009.

Road course ringer, Andrew Ranger led going into the last lap when a pass by Turner Scott Motorsports’ Scott Heckert had him taking the green-and-white checkered flag in Friday’s race. Continue reading