RAIN COMES AT WRONG TIME FOR WHITT He's one of four drivers with three top-10 finishes in the season's four K& ...
RAIN COMES AT WRONG TIME FOR WHITT
He's one of four drivers with three top-10 finishes in the season's four K&N Pro Series East races the most recent, ninth, coming Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
Still, rookie stock-car driver Cole Whitt isn't satisfied. Not even close.
"I'm disappointed. I know we had a good car definitely a top-five car," Whitt said after the rain-shortened UNOH Performance 200. "I hate it for the crew and everybody. Racing's a tough sport. That's what it does to you it kills you on a good day and lifts you up on a bad day. We'll take what we can get. But for me, I really think we could have finished better."
After starting seventh, Whitt's No. 84 Red Bull Toyota was a threat all afternoon in K&N East's first stand-alone event at the .526-mile short track. He was running fourth 50 laps in and fifth at halfway. Whitt had pitted earlier in the race to eliminate fuel mileage from the equation, but on lap 155, while running eighth, his No. 84 was sent spinning by contact from another car.
As soon as pit road opened under caution, Whitt took the tires that most other competitors already had and began his ascent through the field. He quickly charged to ninth in only eight green-flag laps, but the skies that had been threatening finally opened up. The field was called to pit road, and the race was cut short 25 laps from its scheduled finish.
Whitt was left thinking of what might have been.
"We got turned around, so we decided to come in and get tires and come back through the field," said Whitt. "We definitely had the car to do that. I think we would have been fine. We could have raced back up there. I guarantee you with 25 more laps we could have had a top five."
Entering a two-week break, Whitt ranks third in the K&N East standings - 46 points behind leader Ryan Truex and 38 behind second-place Darrell Wallace Jr.
New England 125, Friday, June 25, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.