Saturday at Phoenix Raceway has become even busier for NASCAR Xfinity Series title hopeful Cole Custer, after being tapped to qualify the No. 6 Ford Mustang for RFK Racing.
Per a statement from the organization, Brad Keselowski will travel back home on Saturday, where he'll be with his wife Paige, as she gives birth to the couple's third child.
Keselowski, a partial owner of RFK Racing, is expected to return to Phoenix Raceway on Sunday to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series season-finale at the one-mile facility.
“Brad Keselowski will not qualify the No. 6 car today, due to his wife, Paige, going into labor,” reads a statement from RFK Racing. “In place of him, Cole Custer will qualify the car later this afternoon. The expectation is that Brad will return to Phoenix Sunday to drive the No. 6 in the NASCAR Cup Series Race.”
Custer, who drives the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, has amassed several starts at NASCAR's top level, including a six-race schedule for Rick Ware Racing, an alliance partner of RFK Racing, earlier this season.
With somebody else set to qualify Keselowski's No. 6 Castrol Edge Ford Mustang on Saturday, the Rochester Hills, Michigan native will have to start Sunday's 312-lap contest from the rear of the pack - should he return for the green flag.
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