Cole Whitt has shown the greatest improvement on average in the NASCAR Cup series. His average start of 35.87 and finish of 28.13 is an advance of nearly eight positions.
Cole Whitt will roll off the grid 37th for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night. This is the first time on this track that he needed to take a provisional to start.
Cole Whitt has finished between 32nd and 37th in three similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races this year in the No. 35 Front Row Motorsports Ford.
Cole Whitt was more successful at Talladega SuperSpeedway last year than he has been at Daytona International Speedway. He finished outside the top 25 in both Florida races compared to a 21st in the Alabama spring and 15th in the fall.
Cole Whitt has earned four 20-something results in the past five races and finished better than he started in all of those events. At his level, that generated fantasy value and earned place differential points in games that offered them.
Cole Whitt finished on the lead lap in three consecutive races at Phoenix, Auto Club, and Martinsville. In those events, he was one of the strongest performers at his level with results in the low to mid 20s.
Cole Whitt has finished better than he started in 11 consecutive races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, which makes him a good value in games that offer place differential points.
Cole Whitt finished 22nd in the Daytona 500, but his first two races on unrestricted speedways were disappointing with 30-something results. His last three efforts have all ended in the 20s, however, and he is becoming one of the more relevant fantasy picks each week.
Cole Whitt has progressively improved in three Martinsville starts in the Cup series. He finished 35th in his fall 2013 debut, was 29th in this race last year, and 18th in the fall. Whitt finished on the lead lap in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.
If two previous starts in the No. 35 Front Row Motorsports car are predictive, Cole Whitt should finish somewhere in the mid-30s this week in the Auto Club 400.
In four starts at Phoenix, Cole Whitt is batting 0.500. He struck out twice with accidents in the fall 2013 and 2014 races, but finished in the mid-20s in his other two results.
Cole Whitt has finished better than he started in his last 10 attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. That includes last week’s 37th-place finish after he was awarded the 41st spot on the Atlanta grid.
After finishing 36th in the Kobalt 400 at Vegas last spring, Cole Whitt improved on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and had a worst result of 31st. His average on this track type was 27.8.
Cole Whitt is another driver who should be used in games that award points for place differential. In 2014, he finished better than he qualified in three-fourths of his attempts.