Whitt Hones in on 20th Place Finish at Iowa Speedway

Cole Whitt and the No. 44 TriStar Motorsports crew welcomed Ferguson back on board their Toyota Camry at Iowa Speedway. Looking to build on their 16th place finish there in June, it appeared that Whitt and his crew started from right where they left off after qualifying 16th for Saturday night’s  5th Annual US Cellular 250.  Beginning under the mid-western sun and ending under the florescent lights of “America’s Place to Race”, the 250 lap event produced side-by-side, action packed racing. Whitt who battled a tight car for most of the race, managed to avoid the events four caution flags to claim 20th in his eighth race while driving for TriStar Motorsports. 

Arriving at Iowa Speedway, Whitt and his team unloaded the same car they raced there in June. Practically unchanged, the Ferguson Toyota was reintroduced to the slick short track in “Americas Heartland”.  Whitt and his team had high expectations for their second shot at the Newton short track, but the tight condition they fought in the Spring resurfaced Saturday night. 
Starting the 218.75-mile event from the 16th position, Whitt’s battle with his Ferguson Camry started early.
Adjustments began at the first caution and continued as his team worked feverishly to make the tight handling car better. Prior to the second caution, Crew Chief Randy Cox called Whitt to pit road to continue adjustments, however an untimely caution fell as Whitt was coming down pit road, subsequently trapping the No. 44 laps down. 
From that moment on, Whitt and his team made every attempt to play catch-up and earn better track position. At the conclusion of the event, Whitt was credited with a 20th place finish.

“My guys worked really hard trying everything they could think of to find a balance in our car,” said Whitt. “I greatly appreciate Ferguson coming on board again. I really wish I could have finished better for them.”


Whitt’s 20th place finish helped the No. 44 team maintain the 20th position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner Points Standing. As he looks ahead, Whitt will compete in his second road course race of the season for this weekend’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.