Homestead: Cole Whitt preview

WHITT RIDES WAVE TO HOMESTEAD Cole Whitt performed so well in his first Nationwide Series race, Red Bull Racing Team had all hands on deck and turned over car B-04 (i.e., the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota) in time for Homestead. He goes from making his...

WHITT RIDES WAVE TO HOMESTEAD

Cole Whitt performed so well in his first Nationwide Series race, Red Bull Racing Team had all hands on deck and turned over car B-04 (i.e., the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota) in time for Homestead. He goes from making his Nationwide debut last weekend at Phoenix to this weekend turning his first laps on a 1.5-mile track.

And that's not all. He'll also drive a truck for the first time. Turn One Racing will unload its No. 60 for Whitt to handle when Camping World Truck Series practice begins Thursday.

"It's been pretty crazy trying to get everything together," Whitt said. "We've had a lot of people behind this to get this car ready. The fab shop has been on it. The paint guys worked late last night. All the guys have been on it. I'm excited I get to race in the Nationwide Series again, and it's because of the effort of everyone behind me."

A clean, 15th-place run at Phoenix capped the 19-year-old's first Nationwide weekend. Whitt was fastest in final practice and timed his way into the show in 23rd, which he'll have to do again Saturday with no owner's points as insurance. He worked his way to as high as 11th by lap 118 before a 57-lap green-flag run to close the race gave him plenty of new information to digest.

At Homestead, it's much of the same. New track. New truck. But at least he's familiar with the Nationwide car.

"I wish I could be a little more prepared," he said, "but you've got to be a rookie at some point and this is just another one of those new experiences. Double duty is the way to do it."

-source: rbrt

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Cole Whitt
Teams Red Bull Racing