Cole Custer Races To Win The 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200

Cole Custer takes the Checkered Flag at Dover International Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Cup event named the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200.

Dean Patton Photo

Dover, DE - RIS - Cole Custer takes the #00 Production Alliance Group Ford to the Checkered Flag with his first victory at Dover International Speedway. With the cool weather in Delaware Custer took full advantage and won the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 besting #7 Justin Allgaier, who lead earlier for 67 laps. 

This win is Custer’s seventh win in the 2019 campaign NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series, but his first win in six starts at Dover. Justin Allgaier posted his 11th top ten finish in 18 starts at Dover, and his twenty-first top ten finish for the 2019 season.

Custer spoke about wanting to win the Gold Miles the Monster Trophy and nothing was going to stop his securing it. It will end up sitting in his living room for sometime so that he can just sit look at it and enjoy the memory.

Allgaier; wheeling the Northeastern Supply Chevrolet, had a minor problem during a Pitstop and returned to the Monster Mile in 5th and struggled to get back to the lead once Custer took the lead. It was close and probably closer than you can imagine on two restarts with Allgaier pulling all the stops to get in front. Justin would finish second about, one second behind Custer.

Third place was filled by Austin Cindric wheeling the #22 MoneyLion Ford and fourth was Justin Haley the chauffeur of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet and was also the high finishing Rookie.

Chase Briscoe drove the #98 Ford Performance Ford and was the Pole Winner, but had to take the start at the rear of the field for Unapproved Adjustments. Briscoe  worked his way to the lead, and would bring the ride home in 5th. Sixth went to Michael Annett in the #1 TMC Transportation Chevrolet.

7th place was Noah Gragson in the #9 PUBG Mobile Chevrolet. 8th would be John Hunter Nemechek driving the #23 ACME Chevrolet. Ninth place finisher was Zane Smith in the #8 Patient Pop Chevrolet, and rounding out the top ten would be Ryan Sieg the driver of the #39 Anglin Builders Inc. Chevrolet.

All results are pending until NASCAR completes it post race inspections and makes the finish official.

See you at the track.

Dean Patton

I have been a Photojournalist for RIS-news for the past ten years more or less. I was a shooter for a Minority Publication here in Reading, PA. Unfortunately the publisher passed away ending the publication. Mike took me onboard the following February while covering Daytona freelance. I also shoot Football, Professional Boxing, and Pennsylvania Dirt Track Racing. Hailing from Reading, Pennsylvania what else would I do. In my real life I am also a sitting Magisterial District Judge... sports coverage is my escape!

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