Three races into the season, Cole Whitt says he’s finally beginning to get it with Turn One Racing. That’s bad news for the rest of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, because the Red Bull development driver sits second in points — and there are still 22 races to go, with the next coming Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
The 19-year-old Whitt is on the tail of Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton. He’s six points back entering Saturday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.
“We’ve been pretty good. Not good enough, but pretty good,” Whitt said. “It seems like we’ve felt each other out. And we’ve done that quickly. The team has come together. Each time out, we are more comfortable. That’s a big part of this. We have a good run going here. We’ve shown what we can do. It’s impressive what we’ve done.”
What Whitt and Turn One Racing’s No. 60 bunch have done is finish eighth and sixth in the past two events. In the most recent truck race — March 12 at Darlington — Whitt owned the wicked oval. He and the No. 60 truck was fast all day, in practice, qualifying (he won the pole) and the race.
Now it’s off to NASCAR’s oldest and shortest race track — .526-mile Martinsville Speedway. Whitt, an open-wheeler in his earlier years, first raced at Martinsville in last season’s K&N Pro Series East race. He started seventh and finished ninth.
“These races are so short, you have to GO from lap one,” Whitt said. “But that’s what short-track racing is all about. You have to get going. Avoid everything as much as possible, but get going.”
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