Coming off of a top-15 finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, Cole Whitt will be back behind the wheel of the No. 44 Takagi Tankless Water Heaters Toyota for this weekend's Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Whitt will make his second Nationwide Series start at the fast 1.5-mile oval. Last year, Whitt earned an eighth place finish in his Nationwide Series debut at Atlanta and he hopes to capitalize on his fearless spirit to finish in the top-10 again.
"Atlanta is a really fast track," said Whitt, who will make his 11th start for TriStar Motorsports, under the lights, Saturday night. "Atlanta is definitely different than any other mile-and-a-half track on our schedule. It has multiple grooves so you are able to move around to figure out what works best with your car. Also, tire wear is a big thing. Once they're worn down you can slide all over the track," he said.
Takagi Tankless Water Heaters will be on the No. 44 Camry for the third time this season. In their first two outings, Whitt scored a 15th place finish at Michigan and a 17th place finish at Indianapolis. Having only competed in 10 of 23 events this year Whitt is currently 21st in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Point Standings and has helped the No. 44 team maintain the 20th position in the Owners Point Standings. Tune in to the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN2.