Cole Whitt’s Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway lasted all of 10 minutes. The engine in his No. 60 Turn One Racing truck blew up on lap 20, leaving a trail of smoke and oil on the track.
“Can’t catch a break, boys,” groaned Whitt, who had climbed to fifth from his 11th-place starting position. Instead, he finished 32nd and took a hard hit in the points standings. He lost three positions to eighth — only nine points out of fifth but 57 out of first.
It’s been no summer vacation for the 20-year-old Truck Series rookie. Since a 28th-place finish June 10 at Texas — a span of nine races that has seen two engine failures and a sideswipe at Kentucky — Whitt’s average finish is 17.3. In the season’s first eight events, Whitt had completed all the laps with an average finish of 8.3.
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