Defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Cole Custer is making his Thunder Road debut at the 45th Vermont Governor's Cup. (True Speed Communications photo)

Custer To Compete At Vermont Governor’s Cup

BARRE, Vt. — Last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Cole Custer is set to make his debut at Thunder Road Speedbowl during the 45th Vermont Governor’s Cup on June 20.

Custer climbed the ranks starting at the early age of four in quarter midgets before moving into K&N East and ARCA as a winning pilot in both series before moving to the top three national NASCAR series.

After several successful years in the Truck and Xfinity Series, Custer claimed the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors that came with an exciting win at Kentucky Speedway. Custer moved back into the Xfinity ranks last year where he earned six pole awards and three wins en route to his first national series championship.

Now, fully involved with the defense of his Xfinity Series championship, Custer will pilot a Ford Mustang, sponsored by Andy’s Frozen Custard, courtesy of Dale Shaw Racecars at the Governor’s Cup. The car will also be crewed by two-time American-Canadian Tour champion and former Labor Day Classic victor D.J. Shaw.

Celebrating its 45 edition in 2024, the Vermont Governor’s Cup has one of the most unique histories in Vermont stock car racing.

Once shared between Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl and the beloved Catamount Stadium in Milton, the Vermont Governor’s Cup has been contested with everything from the flathead coupes of the early 1960s, the thunderous Tour-type Modifieds, the ACT Pro Stock Tour, the current ACT Late Models and even one year with the fan-favorite Flying Tiger class.

Such Northeast icons as Rene Charland and Bugsy Stevens, Dave Dion and Jean-Paul Cabana, the Dragon Brothers and current heavy-weights Scott Dragon, Corliss and Sweet have taken the Governor’s Cup victory over the decades.

“My roots come from small tracks like Thunder Road,” said Custer. “I’m excited for the chance to get behind the wheel of a late model for the Governor’s Cup for my debut. It’s always exciting to head to new race tracks and get more experience outside of NASCAR and the Xfinity Series cars.

“It’s a new challenge and something different from what we do from weekend to weekend, so it’s fun to be able to drive something different. I’m thankful to everyone involved in this deal, can’t wait to get some laps before New Hampshire.”