NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point leader and rookie Cole Whitt took advantage of an off weekend for the truck series last weekend to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 99 Pastrana-Waltrip Racing entry. This was Whitt’s third start in the Nationwide series. He qualified 14th and finished 15th, matching his career best Nationwide series finish that he achieved at Phoenix last season.
Whitt has been turning heads this season, catching the attention of Kyle Busch and Mark Martin who have both said that Whitt is the next big superstar.
“I can’t thank the Red Bull guys enough for helping me make these steps,” Whitt said. “They’ve been with me since I was 14 racing sprint cars and now I’m getting another chance to show what I have in a Nationwide car.”
Whitt, at 19, has been rewriting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie record book. He is the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and youngest driver in history to lead the point standings. Whitt has led three of seven races and is the only driver to complete every lap in the truck series so far this season.
The California native is yet to score a victory in the truck series, but after finishing second and third to Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer in the last two truck races, he is likely to find victory lane in the near future. His first victory could come at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. If he does win, he would join Ricky Hendrick, Jon Wood and Erik Darnell, who all scored their first NASCAR victories at Kansas Speedway.