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Cole Custer Named NASCAR Xfinity Series Victor Following Rain-Forced Race Cancellation

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Cole Custer NASCAR Xfinity Series Win

The NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Sunday ended in an unexpected manner with Cole Custer being declared the winner from his pit box due to continuous rainfall washing out the competition.

The entire occurrence left an odd impression.

“The excitement is somewhat subdued since it feels as though we barely raced today,” Custer commented.

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Custer’s victory came after the maiden Xfinity Series in downtown Chicago was prematurely ended due to flooding caused by unrelenting rain.

The race initially commenced on Saturday but was halted after only 25 laps following a lightning strike in the vicinity. Although NASCAR had intended to recommence the race on Sunday morning, the plan was abandoned due to the persistent rain and the impending Cup Series race.

In an official statement, NASCAR expressed, “With the race track and much of the city grappling with standing water and flooding, resuming racing before transitioning to the NASCAR Cup Series race operations was unfeasible.”

NASCAR dismissed the possibility of rescheduling to Monday, justifying the decision based on their collaboration with the city and the completion of nearly half of the Xfinity race.

In addition, NASCAR had to call off performances by Miranda Lambert and Charley Crockett due to the Lower Hutchinson Field being inundated.

The first-ever Cup Series race on a street course is scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m.

Before Saturday’s weather-induced delay, Custer led all 25 laps in his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. He was followed by John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Allgaier, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Hill.

The race was originally slated to run for 55 laps and cover 121 miles (194 km).

“Today, we sincerely wished to complete all the laps… We aren’t thrilled about winning in this manner,” Custer remarked. “Nevertheless, we possess a speedy car. I believe that’s clear to everyone.”

Custer secured his second Xfinity Series triumph this season and the 12th of his career. His previous victory was on the road course at Portland International Raceway on June 3.

“This is undeniably one of the most unconventional wins I’ve been part of, without a doubt,” he confessed. “But we’ll accept it. After all, we’re racers and we take what comes our way. So, we’re proud of it.”


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Cole Custer NASCAR Xfinity Series Win

Who was declared the winner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race due to the rain washout?

Cole Custer was declared the winner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that was cancelled due to persistent rainfall.

Why was the NASCAR Xfinity Series race cancelled?

The race was cancelled due to persistent heavy rain that caused significant flooding on the street course in downtown Chicago.

What was Cole Custer’s reaction to winning the race in this way?

Cole Custer expressed mixed feelings, indicating that while they wished to have run all the laps, they were still proud of the win, acknowledging that they had a really fast car.

How many laps were completed before the race was suspended?

The race was suspended after 25 laps due to a lightning strike in the area and heavy rain.

Was there a plan to resume the race?

Initially, NASCAR planned to resume the race on Sunday morning. However, due to the ongoing rain and the scheduled Cup Series race, this idea was abandoned.

Did the rain affect other events in the city?

Yes, the heavy rains forced NASCAR to cancel concerts by Miranda Lambert and Charley Crockett due to flooding in Lower Hutchinson Field.

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12 comments

NascarLover21 July 3, 2023 - 3:31 am

Custer sure was lucky this time, but we all know it takes more than luck to lead 25 laps. Dude’s got a fast car, no doubt.

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LightningSpeed22 July 3, 2023 - 6:14 am

Bit of a damp squib if you ask me, winning cause of the rain… but hey, a win is a win I guess. Congrats Custer!

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RaceAddict67 July 3, 2023 - 12:12 pm

Interesting… couldnt they postpone the race to Monday or something? Or is that not how it works? Genuinely curious.

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TrackBurner101 July 3, 2023 - 4:03 pm

didn’t even know NASCAR had rain out wins. Guess u learn something new everyday. lol. Anyway congrats Custer!

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Chicagolocal78 July 3, 2023 - 5:24 pm

Man this rain… Cancelled the race and even Miranda Lambert’s concert, seriously?! I hope they’re planning a make up gig for us.

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John_RaceFan83 July 3, 2023 - 8:30 pm

Wow, this rain’s messing up everything! Feel kinda bad for Custer tho… it’s like winning without really winning, u know? :/

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LightningSpeed22 July 6, 2023 - 1:31 pm

Bit of a damp squib if you ask me, winning cause of the rain… but hey, a win is a win I guess. Congrats Custer!

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Chicagolocal78 July 6, 2023 - 10:30 pm

Man this rain… Cancelled the race and even Miranda Lambert’s concert, seriously?! I hope they’re planning a make up gig for us.

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John_RaceFan83 July 7, 2023 - 1:03 am

Wow, this rain’s messing up everything! Feel kinda bad for Custer tho… it’s like winning without really winning, u know? :/

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TrackBurner101 July 7, 2023 - 5:32 am

didn’t even know NASCAR had rain out wins. Guess u learn something new everyday. lol. Anyway congrats Custer!

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NascarLover21 July 7, 2023 - 7:24 am

Custer sure was lucky this time, but we all know it takes more than luck to lead 25 laps. Dude’s got a fast car, no doubt.

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RaceAddict67 July 7, 2023 - 10:32 am

Interesting… couldnt they postpone the race to Monday or something? Or is that not how it works? Genuinely curious.

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