Custer’s Ford № 07 was clearly a class of the field, but slow stops on the pit road repeatedly forced him to fight back.
He restarted seventh on the 129th of the 165th lap after a round of pit stops and last took the lead on the 145th lap. However, Custer, however, had to restrain a wave of contenders in three overtimes before securing his first win in the series since 2019.
Anthony Alfredo, who had the latest set of tires in the area, lined up next to Custer at the last restart, but Alfredo seemed to have lost some of his advantage after waiting through the 23-minute red flag.
On the last restart Alfred was briefly pushed forward, but Custer soon bypassed him and distracted Noah Gregson by 0.565 seconds for his 10th career victory.
“It was just an amazing car. It was a rocket ship all day, ”Custer said. “I can’t thank (team owner) Bobby Dotter and everyone involved in this car.
“It was just unrealistic how fast we were. It’s great to win at home, and I can’t wait until tomorrow. “
Trevor Bane, who started with Joe Gibbs Racing for the first time, finished third, Josh Berry fourth, and Alfred fifth – his top five finish from the 2020 season.
Finishing the top 10 included Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Algayer, Riley Herbst and Ryan Zig.
After a break between stages 2 and 3, all the leading cars on the wheel chose the first pit road with Jones.
Olger, Gregson, Berry and Daniel Hamrick followed Jones in the restart on the 77th lap.
Custer, who finished eighth after a slow pit stop without wasting time, returned to the lead shortly after the restart.
On lap 82, Almendinger was forced to turn green with what he believed was the rear left wheel. He returned to the 33rd track, one lap behind.
With 50 laps left, Custer took the lead over Gregson by 1.8 seconds and Algiers came in third.
On lap 103 Brendan Brown straightened out of turn 2 to make the seventh warning in the race. All cars occupying the leading circles go to the pit, and Allgaier – the first off-road.
On lap 109, the race returned to green with Algayer, followed by Jones, Gregson, Berry and Herbst. Custer made another slow pit stop and finished seventh.
Allgaier got a good restart, but Gregson soon knocked him down and took the lead just before the 110th lap.
With 39 laps left, Berry used three moves to grab second place and Algayer dropped to third.
Jade Beaufard turned on the 124th lap and crashed into the inner wall to highlight the precaution. Most of the cars occupying the leading circles go out into the pits, and the Allgaier is the first off-road. Gregson jumped his stall into the pit and gave a long stop on the pit road.
When the race returned to the green on lap 129, Ty Gibbs, who did not pass the pit, was followed by Alfred (who also stayed away), Algiers, Mayer and Jeremy Clements. Custer was seventh and Gregson was 14th.
Allgaier quickly bypassed Gibbs to regain the lead on the restart. In one round Gregson took 13th place and returned to the lead.
With 20 laps left, Custer moved on to the second set, targeting Gregson to become the leader.
Custer went inside Gregson for 16 laps and regained the lead when Gregson dropped to second and Mayer to third.
NASCAR showed caution on the 141st lap against the tire carcass in the first turn. Most of the drivers remained on the track, but several cars came out of the pit, including Gibbs, Alfred (who had a set of new tires left) and Jeffrey Ernhardt.
When the race returned to green on lap 145, Custer led the way, followed by Gregson, Mayer, Bane and Algiers. Alfred became 22nd and Gibbs 21st.
Brett Moffit hit the wall and threw the wreckage onto the track in the 1st turn on the 146th lap and turned the race into overtime on two laps. Custer led the way, followed by Gregson, Bane, Algiers, and Mayer. Gibbs became 12th and Alfred 13th.
Jones and Hemrick came into contact shortly after the restart and moved the race into second overtime. At the restart, Custer led, followed by Bane, Gregson, Algiers and Alfred.
Seconds before Custer took the white flag, the crash of three cars involving Jones, Sheldon Creed and Stefan Parsons issued another warning.
Brendan Jones slipped and destroyed the sand barrels at the entrance to the pit road, which required a lengthy cleanup and sent the race into third overtime.
After a 23-minute red flag to clear the track of debris, the race entered third overtime. Custer was still in the lead, followed by Bane, Alfredo, Gregson and Algiers.
Custer easily kept Jones, who had recovered from the spin earlier in the race, to win stage 2.
Olgaer was third, Gregson fourth, and Gibbs bounced back after the crash and finished fifth.
After a break between stages 1 and 2, all the cars that took the lead laps came out on the pit road, and Hemrick was first. The race resumed on lap 43 with Hamrick ahead and then Gibbs and Gregson.
On lap 43, Ty Gibbs ran side by side with leader Hamrick, with the two coming into contact as Gibbs spun in the grass of the backyard to express caution.
On lap 49, he returned to green with Hamrick ahead, followed by Gregson, Custer, Berry and Algiers.
Custer came out on top shortly after the restart when Gregson moved on to second place.
Brendan Jones turned around on lap 56 to highlight another caveat, but was able to keep his Toyota № 19 off the wall. The race resumed on the 61st lap, commanded by Custer.
For the five laps left on the stage, Custer was 1.5 seconds ahead of Algiers, and Gregson was third.
Bane abandoned Custer’s late attack to win stage 1 in his first race of the series since the 2016 season.
Olgaer was third, Gregson – who marked the wall on the last lap – was fourth, and Gibbs closed the top five.
Almendinger started at the pole and decided early.
Austin Hill crashed into a wall on lap 2 after hitting from behind Berry. Hill was forced to get under the green to make repairs to his Chevrolet № 21.
On the 7th lap, Landon Casil’s car caught fire, apparently due to a broken oil pipeline, which caused a warning. On lap 14, the race returned to green with Almendinger ahead, followed by Custer and Bane.
Bane quickly took the lead shortly after the restart.
NASCAR issued a warning on the 20th lap for debris on the track, which was probably released № 91 Mason Messi. The race resumed on lap 25 with Bain ahead, followed by Custer, Olmendinger and Gregson.