Challenging Day Results in 34th Place Finish for Cole Whitt

Stage 1
  • Cole Whitt qualified 32nd to start the Bank of America 500
  • Lap 15: running 33rd, Whitt relayed to Crew Chief Frank Kerr the handling was tight through the center
  • Lap 31: Whitt running 33rd, fell a lap down from the leader
  • Lap 35: Competition Caution: 35th, one lap down, Whitt reported the handling of the No. 72 was tight and lacked grip. He pitted for four tires, fuel, air pressure adjustment and tape on the grille
  • Caution Lap 45 (incident), running 35th, one lap down, Whitt sustained rear and left side damage from a fellow competitor. He pitted for bear bond on the left side ane rear and fuel. He was the Lucky Dog recipient and restarted 29th, posted back on the lead lap
  • Stage 1 Completion Caution: Whitt completes the stage 28th. He pitted for four tires and fuel 
Stage 2
  • Whitt took the green flag in the 27th position to start Stage 2
  • Caution Lap 117 (incident): Whitt was scored 27th. He pitted for four tires, fuel, a packer removed and air pressure adjustment to the No. 72. He took the restart in the 26th position on the leaderboard
  • Lap 124: Whitt has advanced to 24th
  • Caution Lap 137: Whitt was scored 27th and relayed lack of stability, no rear grip and the car was way out of the track. He pitted for four tires, fuel and wedge adjustment. He took the green flag restart 24th.
  • Lap 141: Whitt was making headway advancing through the field and was scored 20th on the leaderboard
  • Lap 158: Whitt relayed he was loose in, tight in the center and loose off
  • Lap 163: Whitt suspected a tire issue. Crew Chief Frank Kerr called him to pit. As he was entering pit road, Whitt relayed he did not have any brakes. Upon assessment, it was determined the No. 72 had a broken right hub which forced Whitt to the garage area for repairs.
  • Stage 2 Completion Caution: Whitt and the No. 72 was in the garage for repairs
Stage 3
  • Start of Stage 3: Repairs continued
  • Lap 203: Repairs to the No. 72 were complete and Whitt returned to the track. He was scored 36th, 41 laps down from the leader
  • Whitt pitted under green on lap 254, He pitted for four tires and fuel
  • Caution Lap 267 (incident): Whitt stayed out the take the wave around
  • Whitt pitted again under caution for four tires, fuel, packer pulled from right front and added to left front. He continued to run 36th but reported he was spinning out
  • Caution on Lap 333 set the stage for an overtime finish
  • After a challenging day, Whitt completed the Bank of America 500 in the 34th positon at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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