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2018 Xfinity Season in Review: Cole Custer

NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Ford, stands with team owner Tony Stewart during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2018 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Cole Custer

CREW CHIEF: Jeff Meendering

TEAM: Stewart-Haas Racing

POINTS: Second

WINS: One (Texas II)

LAPS LED: 389 (Best through two seasons)

TOP 5s: 14 (Double amount from 2017)

TOP 10s: 26 (Up from 19 in 2017)

POLES: Six (Series-best)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Twenty top 10s in first 25 races of season ... Five consecutive top fives from Charlotte I to Chicagoland) ... Was only Ford driver in the Championship 4 ... Made his first three Cup Series starts.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Didn’t win until race 31 of season. Previous win was 2017 season finale ... Three DNFs for wrecks (Atlanta, Daytona II and Indianapolis) ... Led race-high 95 laps in season finale at Miami, but finished second after he lost the lead following a longer green-flag run than the rest of the leaders in the final stage.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Will compete in a rare third full-time season in Xfinity with a new crew chief after Jeff Meendering joined Joe Gibbs Racing ... Custer will have a full-time teammate in Chase Briscoe, who will drive the No. 98 Ford.