Goodyear, NASCAR East at Richmond

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Custer wins NASCAR East race at Richmond     

            RICHMOND, Va. (March 28, 2014) – Cole Custer started second and finished first, winning his third career victory in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East competition,
taking the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway.

            Custer bested a field of 37 starters on the famed Richmond oval.

            Custer and the rest of the competitors all competed on Goodyear bias-ply racing slicks. Goodyear is the official tire supplier for the East series, as well as for the K&N Pro Series West and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

            Pole-sitter Nick Drake led the first 48 laps before Custer charged to the front. Custer led the final 52 laps of the 100-lap chase. Custer averaged 75.567 mph for the race distance.

            Ben Rhodes started fifth before finishing second, .178 of a second behind the winner. Drake was third, followed by 21st starter Austin Hill and Ronnie Bassett Jr. Drake averaged 121.759 mph in qualifying to earn the first starting position.

            Rhodes leads the championship standings with 202 points. Gray Gaulding is next with 184.

            Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.