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2017 Chicagoland: Cole Whitt NASCAR Monster Energy Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Sep 19, 2017 - 06:09 AM
2017 Chicagoland: Cole Whitt NASCAR Monster Energy Race Recap

Series: Monster Energy Cup Series
Race: Tales of the Turtles 400
Venue: Chicagoland Speedway
Track Length / Configuration: 1.5-mile, tri-oval
Race Distance: 267 laps / 400.5 miles
Race Format: 3 Stages: Stages end on Laps 80 / 160 / 367
Cautions: 4 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps
Lead Changes: 12 among 7 drivers
Cole Whitt Started: 35th
Cole Whitt Finished: 35th
Laps Completed: 257
Points Gained: 2
Points Standings: 33
Race: 27 of 36

Whitt Finishes 35th at Chicagoland Speedway

Stage 1
Cole Whitt qualified in the 35th position in the No. 72 to start the Tales of the Turtles 400
Whitt sustained frontend, nose damage to the No. 72 on the start of the race. He relayed by Lap 3 he was tight through the center
By Lap 15, Whitt had fallen one lap down from the leader
Being caution free, green flag pit stops were underway when Whitt was posted 33rd, two laps down on Lap 40
Lap 44: Crew Chief Frank Kerr called Whitt to pit under green flag for four tires, fuel, a rubber out of the left rear and two rounds on wedge. Whitt rejoined the field 38th, two laps down and immediately relayed he felt a bad vibration
Lap 80: Stage 1 Completion Caution: Cole Whitt completed the stage in the 36th position, four laps down from the leader. He stated the No. 72 was loose in the nose. He pitted for frontend repairs requiring bear bond, four tires, fuel and a packer pulled from the left front. Upon returning to the field, he relayed the bear bond had not adhered properly. He returned to pit, under caution, for more repairs.

Stage 2

Whitt started Stage 2, 37th, on the leaderboard, five laps down from the leader.
Lap 125: Under green flag, Whitt pitted for four tires and fuel
Lap 160: Stage 2 Completion Caution: Whitt completed the stage 37th, seven laps down from the leader. He reported he was loose in and tight off. Kerr called for four tires, rubber in the right rear, wedge in the left rear and fuel.

Stage 3

Whitt took the green flag restart to begin Stage 3 in the 36th position, seven laps down. Upon returning to green flag racing, there was an immediate caution for spin in Turn 2. Whitt came back to pit to top off with fuel and clean the grille of the No. 72
Whitt continued to run 36th as the handling became tighter.
With the final caution on Lap 211, Whitt utilized the opportunity to pit for four tires, fuel, one rubber out and one round of wedge
Consistently running 35th for the remaining laps of the Tales of the Turtles 400, Whitt managed to maintain that position and finish out the day at Chicagoland Speedway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Series will compete September 24, 2017 at New Hampshire Speedway.

"Let's end this day on a high note", Mark Smith...

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