Red Bull’s Cole Whitt used a three-wide move coming to the checkered flag to salvage a 12th-place finish in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
In Turn One Racing’s No. 60, Whitt had a strong weekend despite a pit stop that put the second-year NASCAR driver behind just past the 50-laps-to-go mark. Whitt entered the pits under the race’s fourth yellow running fourth. He left, however, in 11th and fought traffic and turbulent air the rest of the way.
“The main thing — we beat ourselves. We beat ourselves at Darlington. We beat ourselves here, too,” Whitt said. “We need to clean it up a bit.”
About 100 yards from the finish, Whitt edged Jason White and Ricky Carmichael for 12th. In the five Truck Series races this season, Whitt has finished no worse than 14th with three top eights.
“I found myself three-wide many times. All night,” the 19-year-old said. “It was hard and clean racing. On a restart, it’s so go, go, go. You have to pick up spots on restarts because everybody is at the same speed in a few laps.”
Whitt ranks fifth in the drivers standings — 12 points behind leader Johnny Sauter entering another race on concrete, May 13 at Dover.
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