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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Battling for the transfer position, Cole Whitt spun just past the halfway point of his Can Am 150 qualifier.
Whitt’s plate track average of 25.10 places him closer to the bottom than the top of the running order, but he has at least been consistent. Last year, his four starts in the No. 35 on this track type ended in a fairly narrow range of 13th to 25th and that was solid for his cap level.