RICHMOND, Va. – Cole Custer made it look easy.
Sixteen-year-old Custer, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s Blue Ox 100 on Saturday at Richmond Int’l Raceway. He passed teammate and pole sitter Nick Drake on lap 49 and led the rest of the way to collect his third series win in 16 starts. A pair of wins last season came at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The driver of the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation Chevrolet also collected his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in the 2014 season opener at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in February.
Points leader Ben Rhodes finished second for his fourth top-five showing in five outings this season. Drake, who won the pole position in qualifying yesterday, battled to finish third. Austin Hill crossed the line in fourth followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr. in fifth.
Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones, Brodie Kostecki, Jeremy Burns and Jesse Little rounded out the top-10 finishers on the day.
The race was orginally scheduled to be run following the NASCAR Nationwide Series event, but a three-hour rain delay in getting that race underway pushed the Blue Ox 100 to Saturday morning.
Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes, Nick Drake, Austin Hill, Ronnie Bassett Jr., Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones, Brodie Kostecki, Jeremy Burns, Jesse Little, Gray Gaulding, Chad Finley, Matt Tifft, Kaz Grala, Mackena Bell, David Garbo Jr., Josh Berry, Scott Heckert, Brandon Gdovic, Trey Hutchens, Lee Pulliam, Ryan Gifford, Beto Monteiro, John Salemi, Sam Hunt, Brennan Newberry, Eddie MacDonald, Jay Beasley, Michael McGuire, Sergio Pena, Akinori Ogata, Daniel Suarez, Jordan Anderson, Clint King, Kenzie Ruston, Jerry Dawson, Chuck Buchanan Jr.