Speed Stick NASCAR driver Cole Whitt was sitting in his Front Row Motorsports car hauler on Saturday explaining to me what he was seeing on the television showing the Xfinity Series race that was taking place a few hundred yards away on the Michigan International Speedway. He was explaining how a driver can manipulate the air at 200 miles per hour to push an opponent up the wall and then make a pass. He wasn’t watching this race for the fun of it. He was trying to pick up clues for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 race which he was starting in 35th.
Whitt, 23, has a #defythedoubt hashtag across the back window of his #35 car that seems to be more than just a slogan for the Alpine, California native. In just his second year at the NASCAR level, Whitt will tell you his team isn’t equipped with the best motors in the sport. His best finish this season came at Talladega where he started 35th and finished 13. He even led two laps. There was also a 22nd at the Daytona 500 where he finished ahead of Carl Edwards.
“There’s nothing like riding that wave of momentum,” Whitt said. “When things are going good and everything is clicking it’s almost like everything happens perfect for you. It’s almost like you can’t mess it up.”
When you’re not competing with the same speed under the hood as Kevin Harvick or Jimmie Johnson, you have to think differently about race strategy, according to Whitt.
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“Making Daytona was huge for us because we had to race our way in. Talladega was a great race for us. We just put a good race together, we had a good car and we were smart. Most of our results have been because we’ve been able to race smart.”
The NASCAR community gets a week away from the track for Father’s Day weekend before starting another work week that includes a trip to Sonoma. Whitt will start his work week by turning 24 and trying to figure out a way to add to his 2015 highlights. The NASCAR grind rolls on.
Whitt with new sponsor Nate Burleson and his LionBlood clothing line.
Whitt is cool with being known as the Ginger Lion
And then there are these guys who walk around smiling because their cars are elite
Hey bro, we’ll miss you and that Rainbow Warrior car.
Races at Michigan, travels to Germany and gets engaged…