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Cole Whitt

Team: Premium Motorsports-98
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/22/1991

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Cole Whitt moved out of the No. 98 cockpit this week in order to make room for local favorite Ryan Ellis. This did not result in a lot of speed, however, and Ellis posted only the 40th-fastest lap of 124.977 mph—nearly two seconds slower than leader Martin Truex Jr.
Ellis is not going to be overly tempting, but fantasy NASCAR success is about taking good notes. Watch the No. 98 this week, but don’t even think about starting them. Jul 15 - 1:13 PM

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Cole Whitt failed to qualify or race his way into this year’s Daytona 500, so he is looking for a little redemption on this course.

His last six starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways all ended on the lead lap, so he has a good chance to get it. In that span of races, he recorded two top-15s at Talladega SuperSpeedway and was 18th this May. His last two Daytona starts provided results in the low to mid-20s.
Jun 30 - 2:51 PM

Occasionally change is good for everyone involved. Cole Whitt has earned eight top-30 finishes in his 14 starts this year, but the sister No. 55 car was not entirely up to speed. In the past two weeks, both drivers have finished on the cusp of 30th. Whitt finished 27th at Michigan International Speedway and 30th at Pocono; Reed Sorenson was 31st at Michigan and 28th on the tricky triangle.

Whitt’s average finish of 31.86 is the better of the two teammates and his has one of the five-best average place-differential with a positive 4.07. Those few extra points makes him worth starting many weeks when he stretches the salary cap at the top of the order.
Jun 17 - 1:13 PM

If Cole Whitt can finish in the top 30 this week at Pocono Raceway in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400, it will be his fifth such finish in five starts on that track.

Whitt’s previous best finish at Pocono was a 21st in August 2014 driving for BK Racing. Last year, he scored a 28th and 27th for Front Row Motorsports, so he has been consistent enough to challenge for a top-30. Another notable statistic is that he has finished better than he started in all four previous Pocono attempts.
Jun 3 - 10:30 AM

Cole Whitt and the No. 30 team need to focus on qualification during weeks when there are more than 40 cars in attendance. In 12 attempts this year, he has failed to make the show twice.

Whitt failed to race his way into the Daytona 500 and was the slowest driver in practice at Richmond International Raceway when that race was set by that session. When he has made the shows, he has failed to crack the top 25 on an unrestricted, intermediate speedway with a best of 26th at Auto Club Speedway. He drew 18th in the Talladega SuperSpeedway Geico 500 finishing order.
May 25 - 8:20 PM

Cole Whitt has made five Dover International Speedway starts in his career and has shown remarkable consistency. Four of his results there ended in a narrow range of 26th through 28th.

Whitt has not yet finished on the lead lap, but he has been running at the end of every race. One of his better efforts came last fall with Front Row Motorsports when he finished six laps off the pace in 28th. Whitt rolls off the grid 36th for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism.
May 14 - 1:25 PM

Cole Whitt has scored one top-30 in three starts in his current Premium Motorsports ride. The good news is that came in his most recent outing at Texas Motor Speedway when he improved from 37th to 30th.

That also marked the first time this season that he finished better than he started. At Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he qualified 36th both times and finished 37th and 39th respectively.
May 2 - 7:50 PM

Cole Whitt was the slowest of the open drivers in the first practice session on Friday and with 41 cars in attendance, he will be the driver going home before Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Michael Annett failed to post a time, but as one of the franchise teams, he was guaranteed a starting position. Ryan Ellis overfilled the field with his entry in the No. 93, which is the first time since the Daytona 500 this February that a driver has had to go home.
Apr 22 - 4:41 PM

Cole Whitt has earned three top-25 finishes during his career on short tracks. Unfortunately, all three came at Martinsville Speedway since the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend.

Whitt came close to cracking the top 25 at Bristol once, however. He was 27th in last year’s edition of the Food City 500, but that race had a lot of attrition and he was seven laps off the pace.
Apr 14 - 7:06 PM

Cole Whitt has earned one top-25 finish in 27 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. That came in the October 2014 running of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after starting 39th.

Last year, he came close to matching that feat with a 27th at Texas Motor Speedway in the AAA 500. This year, with his new team he has a 37th at Atlanta Motor Speedway as his high water mark on this track type and cannot be considered a good value in any game.
Apr 7 - 12:58 PM

Cole Whitt finished on the same lap as the leaders for the first time at Auto Club Speedway in the 400-miler. He came home 26th in that race.

That was also the first time he broke into the top 35. He will not be a fantasy starter any time soon, but this performance should put him on the radar screen as a potential long-shot, dark horse at Michigan International Speedway later in the year.
Mar 23 - 12:32 PM

David Ragan has spent only 38.5 percent of his time on the lead lap, according the NASCAR Statistical Services. In the 1,315 laps run, he has been with the leader for only 506 circuits.

Ragan has the experience to run better, but the team is not quite up to snuff. The only drivers he has outperformed in this category at Josh Wise (with 7.9%), Chris Buescher (19.6%), and Cole Whitt (22.8). Michael Annett rounds out the bottom five with 39.2 percent.
Mar 23 - 12:29 PM

Cole Whitt was finally coming into his own on short, flat tracks with Front Row Motorsports. He finished on the lead lap three times in his last eight attempts. He had only one lead lap finish on minimally-banked courses in the 12 races that preceded.

Now Whitt has to learn a new program and it is uncertain how he will perform in the No. 98 98 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet. He will most likely finish multiple laps off the pace and cannot be considered a solid value this week at Phoenix International Raceway.
Mar 8 - 6:51 PM

Cole Whitt has two starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway and both of them ended in 30-something results. He was 30th in his inaugural attempt and 37th last year.

Whitt will campaign for his third team in three years this week. He ran for BK Racing in 2014 and Front Row Motorsports last year. In 2016, he will race the No. 98 for Premium Motorsports and there is no reason to believe he will finish inside the top 30. The good news is that he has crossed under the checkers better than he started in both of his previous attempts.
Feb 25 - 6:47 PM

Battling for the transfer position, Cole Whitt spun just past the halfway point of his Can Am 150 qualifier.

Whitt’s attempt at a pass was a little too aggressive and he spun in a single-car incident. He was attempting to pass fellow open driver Michael McDowell. Whitt was forced to retire and will not race in Sunday's Daytona 500.
Feb 18 - 7:58 PM