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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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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

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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

Cole Whitt narrowly missed scoring a top-10 in his last attempt at Daytona International Speedway; he finished 11th after qualifying 35th in July 2016’s Coke Zero 400.

Whitt sustained crash damage in that race but rebounded. He failed to finish in both 2014 events after crashing during those races. In 2015, he finished in the mid- to low-20s both times and that unclear pattern makes him difficult to predict.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 12:09:00 PM

TriStar Motorsports announces it will return to competition in NASCAR's premier series fielding one full-time entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2017 season.

Cole Whitt has secured the seat of the No. 72 in the MENCS. Whitt brings with him Florida Lottery to serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 72 for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, Whitt will continue partnership with RTIC Coolers, Rinnai and Carolina Skiff throughout the 2017 season. Frank Kerr has been named Crew Chief for Whitt and will oversee competitive efforts for the No. 72.-TriStar Motorsports
Thu, Feb 2, 2017 03:59:00 PM

Cole Whitt scored only two top-20s in 2016 and both of them came on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway; his best result was an 11th at Daytona International Speedway in July.

Whitt came close to finishing in the top 20 on one other occasion on an unrestricted, intermediate speedway with a 21st at Kentucky Speedway. The remainder of his 28 efforts ended outside the top 25, but he at least managed to earn positive place-differential points in 19 races by finishing better than he started.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 01:37:00 PM

Cole Whitt will be behind the wheel of the No. 14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season finale in Miami, Florida.

He brings with him Florida Lottery to serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 14 Toyota. Whitt competed last week in the No. 14 Rinnai Toyota at Phoenix International Raceway finishing 16th. Crew Chief Bryan Smith and the No. 14 Florida Lottery team will unload Chassis TSM #1005. This chassis is new build for TriStar and will make its debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway.-TSM
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 08:11:00 PM

California native, Cole Whitt returns to TriStar Motorsports as the driver of the No. 14 Toyota for the Phoenix NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

Whitt continues to cultivate his partnership with Rinnai, the number-one selling brand of tankless water heater in the U.S. and Canada, who will serve as his primary sponsor. Cole's NASCAR career includes six years on the circuit and races in which Cole has competed in each vitally important building block series such as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 10:32:00 AM

Cole Whitt has scored three top-30 finishes in his last seven attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

His most recent top-30 came in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was seven laps off the pace in 27th. His best finish this year came at Kentucky Speedway when he finished within one lap of the leader in 21st.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:45:00 AM