NASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at Kentucky
Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years.
SPARTA, Ky. (WKYT) - Cole Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.
Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling side by side for the lead on the final restart when Custer - with a push from Matt DiBenedetto on the outside in the backstretch - made his move in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
As the leaders bunched in Turn 1, Custer slid ahead and outlasted Truex’s Toyota.
The victory was the first by a series rookie since Chris Buescher at Pocono on Aug. 1, 2016. Making his 20th series start, the 22-year-old Custer celebrated with a frontstretch burnout as his crew happily ran to greet him.
DiBenedetto was third, and Harvick fourth.
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