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Cole Whitt

Team: TriStar Motorsports-72
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'4" / 160

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In four starts in the No. 72 Tri-Star Ford this year, Cole Whitt has finished either 27th or 28th.
Three of Whitt’s efforts netted a 28th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Auto Club Speedway. Last week, he had a season high of 27th at Martinsville Speedway. Notably all of his efforts netted positive place-differential points. Mar 28 - 11:22 AM

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Four of Cole Whitt’s seven-best finishes on short tracks have come with Tri Star and the No. 72.

Whitt’s third-best finish on short tracks is a 21st, which he scored twice at Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway in spring 2017. Later that fall, he finished 25th at Martinsville and 27th at Richmond International Raceway, so those results point him out as a driver to watch this week. Whitt’s best-ever finish on a course less than a mile in length came for BK Racing in 2014 when he finished 18th on the paperclip.
Mar 22 - 10:11 AM

Cole Whitt crashed out of both races last year at Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway with a best result of 34th in the spring.

In addition, Whitt also crashed in 2013 and 2014. He retired with an overheating problem in spring 2016 and while these incidents have come with different teams, the trend is not a positive one.
Mar 9 - 3:05 PM

Cole Whitt earned his second consecutive top-30 finish last week in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 28th.

In fact, that was Whitt’s second straight finish of 28th; he also finished that well at Homestead-Miami Speedway in last year’s season finale. Whitt was 29th at Texas Motor Speedway in the fall and since that is another similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track, one can reasonably expect him to finish in that same range this Sunday. He will be a decent value as a bargain basement pick if he starts on one of the last two rows.
Feb 27 - 7:02 PM

Last year, Cole Whitt started all 10 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races for Tri Star with his most productive outing coming at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Whitt started the QuikTrip 500 well back in 37th. He stayed within one lap of the leaders to finish 20th and that gave him 17 place-differential points to add to his total. Most of the remaining results were in the high-20s or 30s, but he scored one more top-25 near the end of the year at Kansas Speedway. He was 24th after starting 35th in the Hollywood Casino 400.
Feb 22 - 4:50 PM

After sitting out to teammate Corey LaJoie for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, California native Cole Whitt returns to the seat of the No. 72 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).

Whitt has four previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile, oval where he scored his best finish of 20th with TriStar Motorsports at 2017 event. Ready to settle in behind the wheel of the No. 72, Whitt heads to Hampton, GA with maximum focus and refreshed energy for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500.-TriStar Motorsports PR
Feb 22 - 12:45 PM

TriStar Motorsports will continue competition in NASCAR's premier series fielding one full-time entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2018 season.

The No. 72 Chevrolet will compete with collective efforts of two drivers. TriStar welcomes the return of Cole Whitt and proudly announces the addition of Corey LaJoie to the driver lineup. Corey LaJoie will fill the seat of the No. 72 for the majority of the schedule including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Whitt returns to TriStar after a solid effort in No. 72 in 2017. With intentions to shift focus, Whitt has elected to decrease his racing commitments and has requested a limited schedule. TriStar Motorsports has acquired a charter from Front Row Motorsports for the 2018 season and will continue competitive efforts under the direction of Crew Chief Frankie Kerr.-TriStar Motorsports PR
Feb 6 - 3:08 PM

Cole Whitt will attempt to score his first career top-25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend in the No. 72 Tri Star Motorsports Chevrolet.

That is within the realm of possibilities because Whitt has four results of 27th or 28th in eight previous starts there. Last week, he finished 26th on the similarly-configured Kansas Speedway and needs just a little racing luck to get that one extra position.
Tue, May 23, 2017 11:56:00 PM

Cole Whitt has swept the top 30 in three races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, with a best result of 20th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Unfortunately, each subsequent result has been worse than the one that preceded it and he barely managed to finish 30th in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. That was also the first time this year that he scored negative place-differential points.
Fri, May 12, 2017 11:28:00 AM

Cole Whitt is improving on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. His two best results in 36 starts on this course type came in the past years.

Whitt finished 21st in the July 2016 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky and earned his first top-20 this spring at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The majority of his attempts have ended better than they started, and that could add place-differential points to a player’s total.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 03:24:00 AM

Cole Whitt has finished better than he started in his last five Martinsville Speedway races, which means he had a negative place-differential only once in his inaugural attempt.

In this race last year, Whitt was a solid value. He finished 20th after starting 31st. He did not earn nearly as many points in the fall, however; he started 31st again, but picked up only one position before the end of the race.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 10:03:00 PM

Cole Whitt has made nine previous starts on two-mile tracks and all of them have ended with positive place-differential points.

Whitt was a great value in last year’s Auto Club 400. He qualified 36th and finished 26th, which added 10 place-differential points to his total. In 2015, his 24th-place finish was preceded by a 32nd-place qualification effort.
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 11:54:00 AM

Cole Whitt has scored three top-30 finishes in seven starts at Phoenix International Raceway.

Two of these were 25th-place results. If he can come anywhere close to backing that up this year, he will be a great pick at his salary cap level. He will be an even greater value if he qualifies in the high-30s because that means he is liable to earn positive place-differential points. In 2015, he advanced from 39th to 25th.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 02:05:00 PM

Cole Whitt has made three previous starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and all three have ended in the 30s.

Whitt’s best effort netted a 32nd in 2015. He was five laps off the pace in that outing and about the only thing he had going for him was that he gained six place-differential points.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Cole Whitt has scored 14 top-30s in 36 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

His best result is a 21st at Kentucky Speedway last summer, so that means he has been consistent when he has been at his best.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 10:28:00 AM