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FORT WORTH, Texas (June 10, 2016) - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Cole Custer missed the opportunity to celebrate his Tesoro (Calif.) High School graduation as a result of Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400, but Texas Motor Speedway officials ensured the 18-year-old got to bask in the glory of his accomplishment. 

Custer took part in a special graduation ceremony during pre-race activities prior to driver introductions. Dressed in his Tesoro High cap and gown, Custer made his way across the frontstretch stage to the music of "Pomp & Circumstance" and received his Tesoro High diploma from the Dean of Motorsports - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage. 

"It's really awesome to be able to graduate here and obviously they did it here a couple years ago with Erik Jones," Custer said. "It's a really cool experience. I missed my high school graduation was yesterday, so it's really cool that I get to receive it at Texas Motor Speedway.

"It was a little bit difficult because it's a pretty big deal but definitely racing is always going to come first," he added. "I don't regret my decision."

Despite being more than 1,400-miles away from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. - home of the Tesoro High Titans - members from the school's faculty and staff took part in the ceremony with a video tribute shown on "Big Hoss" - the World's Largest TV.

With his parents, Joe, a Stewart-Haas Racing executive, and Cindy, watching from the stage, Custer moved his tassel to the other side of his cap as is a graduation tradition.

Custer went from the graduation stage to center stage on Friday evening as he qualified 16th for Friday's Rattlesnake 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. It marks Custer's first appearance at Texas Motor Speedway, as the JR Motorsports driver is in the midst of his first full season in the truck series.

Custer has appeared in 25 races heading into the Rattlesnake 400. A two-time Camping World Truck Series winner, he is currently 15th in the championship standings.

The Rattlesnake 400, scheduled for an 8 p.m. CT start, is being broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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