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Cole Whitt

Team: Premium Motorsports-98
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/22/1991

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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

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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

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.

Ragan has the experience to run better, but the team is not quite up to snuff. The only drivers he has outperformed in this category at Josh Wise (with 7.9%), Chris Buescher (19.6%), and Cole Whitt (22.8). Michael Annett rounds out the bottom five with 39.2 percent.
Mar 23 - 12:29 PM

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.

Now Whitt has to learn a new program and it is uncertain how he will perform in the No. 98 98 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet. He will most likely finish multiple laps off the pace and cannot be considered a solid value this week at Phoenix International Raceway.
Mar 8 - 6:51 PM

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.

Whitt will campaign for his third team in three years this week. He ran for BK Racing in 2014 and Front Row Motorsports last year. In 2016, he will race the No. 98 for Premium Motorsports and there is no reason to believe he will finish inside the top 30. The good news is that he has crossed under the checkers better than he started in both of his previous attempts.
Feb 25 - 6:47 PM

Battling for the transfer position, Cole Whitt spun just past the halfway point of his Can Am 150 qualifier.

Whitt’s attempt at a pass was a little too aggressive and he spun in a single-car incident. He was attempting to pass fellow open driver Michael McDowell. Whitt was forced to retire and will not race in Sunday's Daytona 500.
Feb 18 - 7:58 PM

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.

Most weeks fantasy owners will give up a few points for consistency, but Whitt also has three accidents to his credit in 10 starts on this track type. Players may want to exercise a little caution.
Feb 4 - 12:14 PM

Premium Motorsports is pleased to announce it has officially signed Cole Whitt to drive the No. 98 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.

The 24-year-old Whitt, who will be entering his third full season in the premier Sprint Cup Series, finished 31st in driver points each of his first two seasons. Premium acquired additional updated equipment along with hiring Mike Hillman to fill the role of competition director and Mark Hillman to serve as crew chief. Mike and Mark join team manager Scott Eggleston along with owner Jay Robinson to round out the Premium Motorsports management team.-Premium Motorsports
Feb 2 - 8:44 PM

Cole Whitt and AJ Allmendinger shared the distinction of being penalized most often for losing control of one of their tires during a pit stop. Each driver was penalized for that infraction five times, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.

Matt DiBenedetto and David Ragan incurred the third-most penalties in this regard with four apiece. Losing control of a tire can not only ruin the day of the team that is penalized, it can also have a negative impact on drivers pitted behind them. These mistakes seemed to impact Allmendinger more than Whitt as the younger driver was able to earn the fourth-best place-differential of +6.28
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 06:01:00 PM

Cole Whitt (35 Speed Stick Ford Fusion) finished 28th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Front Row Motorsports driver started 40th in the lineup and completed 265 laps of the 267-lap event. Gilliland, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, closed out the season 31st in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 10:52:00 AM