SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer was once by no means actually challenged down the stretch. He simply acted like Christopher Bell was once in his rear-view reflect, an manner that motivated him to stay a protected distance.

Custer grabbed an Xfinity Sequence-high 5th victory of the season Friday evening with a win over Bell at Kentucky Speedway.

“He were given a bit of shut and I used to be for sure sweating a bit of bit,” mentioned Custer, who fell backward off his automotive right through the victory lane birthday celebration. “He was once for sure our pageant there on the finish, however we had the simpler automotive. I used to be sweating after that inexperienced flag pit prevent as a result of he closed in on me and I had hassle with lappers, however we had a excellent sufficient automotive to drag away.”

Custer, Bell and reigning collection champion Tyler Reddick have ruled the collection all 12 months and completed 1-2-Three at Kentucky. Bell, who has 4 wins this season, gained the primary two levels and led 72 laps. Reddick, the collection issues chief and a three-time winner this season, did not lead a lap.

“We had been in a position to win the 2 levels, so we were given a pair extra playoff issues,” Bell mentioned. “Simply set to work on a pair extra issues and we will be excellent.”

It was once Custer who ruled by way of main 88 of the 200 laps in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. He took the lead for the general time on lap 155 and beat Bell by way of 1.651 seconds.

Michael Annett and Chase Briscoe finished the highest 5. Most effective the highest 5 vehicles completed at the lead lap.

Custer has now gained consecutive races on 1.Five-mile tracks following his win at Chicago two weeks in the past. He is gained 3 of the remaining six races and has seven profession wins in 88 Xfinity begins.

Reddick leads the purpose standings by way of 67 over Bell.

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