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Cole Whitt

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

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Cole Whitt has made eight previous starts on the two-mile tracks and he has finished better than he started every time. This spring, he started 36th at both Auto Club Speedway and Michigan International Speedway before finishing 26th and 27th respectively.
Last August, Whitt moved up to 27th from a 35th-place qualification effort in the 2015 edition of the Pure Michigan 400. He has also been running at the end of all eight races and on the lead lap in four. Whitt is liable to fly under the radar this week, which makes him even more valuable. Aug 25 - 3:44 PM

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Cole Whitt would apparently have the lion’s share of resources at Premium Motorsports. While teammate Reed Sorenson has finished at the very back of the pack on this track type in 2016, Whitt scored a 30th at Martinsville Speedway and 28th at Bristol Motor Speedway. He did not get a chance to qualify at Richmond International Raceway when weather canceled qualification.

Whitt has put his best foot forward on this track type. With the exception of one effort with Stacy Compton in 2012, he has been running at the end of every race he started in the Cup series on courses less than a mile in length. His best result at Bristol was a 27th earned for Front Row Motorsports last spring.
Aug 16 - 10:03 AM

Cole Whitt had finished better than he started in nine consecutive races entering the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen. In the road course contest, he finished 28th after qualifying 22nd. His streak began at Dover International Speedway this May when he advanced from 36th to 27th.

Whitt’s best overall efforts came on the restrictor-plate, superspeedways of Daytona International Speedway and Talladega SuperSpeedway. This May he started 36th and finished 18th in the Geico 500; in July, he was 11th after starting 35th.
Aug 10 - 1:44 PM

In five previous attempts at Pocono Raceway, Cole Whitt has finished better than he started in every event. This June he improved seven positions from a 37th-place qualification attempt before getting stranded in 30th with a Rear Gear failure.

Whitt qualified 36th for the Pennsylvania 400 with a lap of 171.716 mph. He may need a little help in the form of attrition to move forward in a sixth consecutive race and as a result is just on the cusp of being a good value.
Jul 30 - 12:02 PM

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

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