After helping with the development of Cole Custer from NASCAR's lower ranks to a stellar rookie campaign in the 2017 XFINITY Series, Matt Goslant will switch gears and return to his New England roots. Effective today, Goslant takes over the reins as the new vice president of operations and development for New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Goslant joins the New Hampshire Motor Speedway team after spending the last two years as the general manager of Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 00 team. Goslant oversaw Custer's seamless development into the NASCAR XFINITY Series, which culminated with his first-career win in the Championship Race on Nov. 18 in Miami, Fla.

"Put simply, Matt is a proven winner and will bring a tremendous work ethic and winning attitude to a critical part of our organization," said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "Matt joins our team with a solid background in business management and a tremendous career in motorsports - specifically NASCAR operations. I couldn't be more thrilled for Matt to build on the reputation our team has established within the SMI family."

As the speedway's vice president of operations and development, Goslant will be responsible for all construction projects, the management of the speedway's daily operations/maintenance functions, and the continued growth of the 1,200-acre sports and entertainment facility.

Born and raised in Northfield, Vt., Goslant and his family followed the NASCAR Cup Series to many tracks across the United States, which is when he fell in love with the sport. At the age of 15, Goslant began working on a local late model team that competed weekly at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. and on the American-Canadian Tour. By 18, Goslant was given the crew chief duties to which he helped his team to the King of The Road title and several ACT Tour victories.

In 2008, Goslant moved to North Carolina to begin a full-time career in motorsports. His first job was as crew chief for a small XFINITY Series team. He parlayed that into a crew chief position for Eric Holmes, who would go on to win several races and the 2010 NASCAR K&N West Championship. By 2013, Goslant was hired to develop and manage Custer in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Haas Racing Development. The duo went on to capture four wins in the K&N East and West over three seasons.

In 2014, Goslant managed Custer in the Camping World Truck Series, where Custer would become the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win a race with his victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"In more than five years of being a crew chief and general manager, I am proud that I was able to win at every level," said Goslant, who will reside in nearby Bow with his wife, Stacey, their daughter, Emilia, and two dogs, Abbey and Cortland. "To be able to return to my roots here in New England and join the New Hampshire Motor Speedway team is a dream come true for me and my family."

Goslant graduated in 2008 from SUNY Cortland in Cortland, N.Y., with a degree in Sports Management.