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.
Premium Motorsports is pleased to announce it has officially signed Cole Whitt to drive the No. 98 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.
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.
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.
Cole Whitt has finished better than he started in 81 percent of his Cup start this season. Last week at Talladega SuperSpeedway he gained 12 positions to finish 22nd in the CampingWorld.com 500.
Cole Whitt ran into the back of Sam Hornish Jr. while leaving the garage in Friday morning practice session. He did some damage to his nose, but it will not require a backup. No apparent damage was done to Hornish’s car.