Cole Custer figured the best way to avoid trouble at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was to drive away from it. The pole-sitter for Saturday's K&N Pro Series East race survived an accident-filled affair to become the youngest driver to win a NASCAR sanctioned race in Magic Mile history, taking the checkered flag in the North American Power 100.
"This one was a lot more hectic and all my guys are from up here so I really wanted to win this race," said Custer, who was making his NHMS debut. "It is awesome to win at New Hampshire."
It was the second victory of the season for Custer, who also won from the pole at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 2. Custer, one of 15 drivers under the age of 21 to start the race, now has five top-10 finishes in 12 starts this season.
Daniel Suarez, Cale Conley, Ben Rhodes and Dylan Presnell round out the top-five finishers.
The runner-up finish marked the fifth podium trip in the last six races for Suarez. His previous best finish at the Magic Mile was seventh back in 2011.
"I felt good with 10 laps to go," said Suarez, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, who was driving the No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota. "I wish I could have won this race for everyone in Acapulco, but I want to say thank you to everybody."
For Conley, it was his first top-10 finish in four career starts at NHMS and the fifth in 12 K&N Pro Series East races this season.
"We were tight in the first half, and we overshot a little bit on restarts - we would lose a spot every time," said Conley. "That was my fault with shifting, but overall it was a solid run."
Series points leader Dylan Kwaskiewski finished 24th, falling victim to one of the five accidents involving a total of 11 cars in a race that featured at total of eight caution flags.
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