NASCAR Barometer: Rookie Custer Beats the Veterans in Kentucky

NASCAR Barometer: Rookie Custer Beats the Veterans in Kentucky

This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.

The impressive NASCAR Cup series rookie class has been a highlight of the 2020 season so far, and Cole Custer seized his opportunity to grab the spotlight and find his way into Victory Lane in Sunday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was consistently in the top 10 throughout the afternoon, finished third in the second stage and then used a monstrous move on the outside to pass both Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. on the white-flag lap to score his first win in the series and become the first rookie to win at Kentucky and to visit Victory Lane so far this season. The win immediately boosts him into playoff contention and is just the start of what fans should expect to see from this remarkable rookie class of 2020. 

This week, the series attempts a new twist on the traditional All-Star race weekend, trading Charlotte Motor Speedway for Bristol. The traditional All-Star Open will proceed the All-Star race main event Wednesday with a million-dollar paycheck on hand for the winner. While the rules package is the same short-track configuration for the 2020 season, there will be a few tweaks to keep things interesting in this midweek showdown before points racing takes center stage again next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

UPGRADE

Cole Custer Cole Custer made an incredible last-lap pass to claim his first win as a rookie in the NASCAR Cup series. Just one week ago he scored his best series

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