Cole Whitt “happy” with Watkins Glen effort
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Cole Whitt looks on at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
Cole Whitt was pleased with the performance of his No. 35 team in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.
Whitt, who made his second career start at the track, utilized a three-stop strategy, a move that enabled him to run inside the top-ten during the race.
“We were really solid,” Whitt said. “We got up there on track position a few times and held our spot and didn’t just get mowed over so that was good. I had decent speed all day. We were faster than some of the cars that beat us, but I’m still really happy with that.”
For the third time in 72 career starts, and the second time this season, Whitt led laps at NASCAR’s premiere level.
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Cole Whitt's crew pushes the No. 35 through the garage area at Pocono Raceway.
Whitt led the field to the green flag after the race’s first caution on lap 29. He was scored 27th at the midway mark of the race.
Whitt finished 21st overall, on the lead lap. Whitt has notched eight lead lap finishes in 2015, surpassing his 2014 total of seven.
Whitt was also the highest finishing Front Row Motorsports car for the second consecutive race.
“We want top-25’s and we got that and a little bit more, so it was a good day for us,” he said. “I’m happy with it.”
The run was Whitt’s best finish since a 13th place run at Talladega in May and second best of the season.