Chevrolet driver meets with the employees who assemble
Motor Trend Magazine’s Truck of the Year
Madison, Illinois (June 12, 2015) — Like Cole Custer’s JR Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, production at the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Plant in Wentzville, Missouri, is going full bore.
Custer, a favorite to win Saturday’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park, visited the GM plant today to tour the facility and offer complimentary race tickets to its employees. The plant, which employs 3,350, added a third production shift in January thanks to the popularity of the new Chevrolet Colorado and GM Canyon. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was named Motor Trend Magazine’s Truck of the Year. The plant also assembles Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.
“It’s really cool to see everyone working at the factory and see how close we are,” said Custer, who earned the pole position for last year’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway. “Without them we wouldn’t be able to race. I was able to tour the factory and their output is amazing.”
Hector Bautista is a GM employee from Mexico and is visiting the Wentzville plant for training.
“We are very proud. We will support him all day long,” said Bautista. “It makes us feel proud of our company and it helps us to share something else with our families.”
“This is so cool,” said Amanda Lorraine, who installs wiring at the Wentzville facility. “I have never been to a NASCAR race and I am really excited. I’m taking my family to the race.”
“This is pretty cool,” said Chance Brooks. Brooks works in the back of new body assembly, building door frames. “I am excited to go to the race at Gateway tomorrow. I am a fan of Cole and his team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. I used to go to Gateway back in the NASCAR Busch Series days and this race is bringing me back to the track.”
The assembly plant employees were encouraged to wear their t-shirts to the track and sit together as they cheer on their Chevrolet drivers.
Custer is a native of Ladera Ranch, California, and is just 17 years old. Custer began racing at five years of age, in Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts. He also competed in Bandolero cars and earned 100 feature victories from 2002 to 2010. In 2012, at age 14, he scored Late Model wins at California tracks (Madera and Blythe) and in Las Vegas. He graduated to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2013 and the winning continued. For 2014 and 2015, Custer is paired with veteran crew chief Joe Shear Jr. in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“I am excited about tomorrow,” Custer said. “We did really well here last year, winning the pole. I think we have another really good truck and I’m ready for it. I think we’ll be really strong.”
The Drivin’ For Linemen 200 is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver autograph session is scheduled to run from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Qualifying for the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 will start at 4:45 p.m.
Gateway Motorsports Park is located at 700 Raceway Boulevard in Madison, Illinois. For more information, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com.
– John Bisci