NKNPS PRACTICE: Custer Off To Fast Start; Begins Quest For 2nd Iowa Win With Top Lap

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NEWTON, IOWA — By Jason Christley, NASCAR — Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Cole Custer kicked off his quest to become the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver to post two overall wins in the combination race at Iowa Speedway with the fastest lap in Saturday’s practice.

Custer led the way in the first 1 hour, 20 minute practice session for Saturday night’s Casey’s General Store 150. The 16-year-old with a lap of 23.889 seconds (131.860 mph) around the .875-mile oval in his No. 00 NAPA/Haas Automation Chevrolet. Custer won at Iowa last August in the event that brings the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West together. In nine meetings before this year, no driver has finished first more than once.

Rookie Austin Hill was second fastest in first practice and overall with a lap of 23.921 (131.683).

Scott Heckert paced the second practice, which lasted 1:30, with a top lap of 23.931 seconds (131.628 mph).

Ben Rhodes, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader and another Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, was fourth fastest overall, followed by rookie Brodie Kostecki.

Brandon Jones was sixth quick, followed by Nick Drake, Cameron Hayley, Brennan Newberry and Kenzie Ruston.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points leader Greg Pursley was 25th overall.

Qualifying for the Casey’s General Store 150 is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. CT and the green flag is slated for 8 p.m.

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