Cole Custer New Hampshire Advance
New Hampshire has treated you well over the years. A Truck Series win, a K&N Series win, a few top 10s in the Xfinity Series, and eighth and 14th place finishes in your first two Cup Series starts there. Is this a chance for the No.41 team to gain momentum, especially after your best result of the season?
“I think so. When we raced there for the first time in my first year, I had to take some time to understand how the Cup car was racing there. We came out with a top 10 and it clearly showed that we were on the right track, so to speak, with our preparation and our setup. I think the NextGen car will do well there and I’m excited to go there after a pretty solid race last weekend in Atlanta. You always hope to come out of every race with good momentum, and this weekend is the best place for us to really show the work that’s being done and try to keep the momentum going.
After 19 races in the NextGen car, do you feel more and more confident that you have it all figured out?
“Everyone has learned that the NextGen car is extremely nervous, especially when we go to one of these high-speed tracks like Atlanta. You’re on the edge of your seat every lap. It’s almost uncontrollable, and the second you pull the car sideways, you’re clinging on for life. It’s a handful, sure, but it made it difficult for the drivers. It’s done well on road courses, and that makes me feel like it should be well suited to a one mile flat oval like New Hampshire.
What do you think it will take to allow you and the team to lead more consistently?
“It’s just the little things with this all-new car. There’s been a lot of learning this year trying to figure out what these cars really want, in terms of setup, to race in front of. I think we’re starting to dial in that more and more, and I think running from there, if we can do that, we’ll be where we need to be.