ES: Lime Rock: Cole Whitt race report

OH SO CLOSE IN CONNECTICUT No. 84 driver Cole Whitt earned the second runner-up finish of his rookie stock car season Saturday at Connecticut's Lime Rock Park, and it came in his first road-course race. "I just tried so hard. It's road...

OH SO CLOSE IN CONNECTICUT

No. 84 driver Cole Whitt earned the second runner-up finish of his rookie stock car season Saturday at Connecticut's Lime Rock Park, and it came in his first road-course race.

"I just tried so hard. It's road racing," said Red Bull Racing Team's 19-year- old development driver. "This is my first time ever on a road course. We didn't do any schools and we didn't get to do any testing. I'm happy with how we ran, definitely, even though I don't show it. I'm kind of bummed out that we were so good and just came up short of a win."

Whitt, from Alpine, Calif., led twice in the 66-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, including laps 45-51 before drifting off course one lap later after contact with eventual winner Andrew Ranger. The Canadian road racer gradually pulled away, beating Whitt's No. 84 Red Bull Toyota to the checkered flag by 5.899 seconds.

Despite the disappointment, the finish was Whitt's third top five and fourth top 10 in the season's six races. He improved to fifth in the championship standings - 136 points behind leader Ryan Truex with four races remaining.

UP NEXT Friday, July 30, Lee USA Speedway, Lee, N.H.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Andrew Ranger , Cole Whitt , Ryan Truex
Teams Red Bull Racing