Austin Dillon and Cole Whitt are two of the NASCAR Nationwide Series rising stars. Austin has developed quick sucsess with his team and crew chief moving up the ranks beside him. Cole Whitt spent most of his time with Stacey Compton in the truck series befoe coming over to Jr. Motorsports this year. Both drivers have gone full time Nationwide Series racing. both with well funded and sponsored team. Though Austin already has a few wins under his belt, Cole Whitt can bust out at anytime, and with changes at Jr. Motorsports, its soon to be expected.
Returning to the site of his career-first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in July, Austin Dillon started the Kentucky 300 from the pole position and led 65 laps en route to his second career Nationwide Series win in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet.
The win marked his first with primary sponsor AdvoCare and positioned him within 15 markers of the Nationwide Series championship driver points lead with six races remaining in the 2012 season. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender led the field to the green flag and never fell below eighth in the running order, spending a majority of the race running within the top three. He was scored in the third position when crew chief Danny Stockman called him to pit road for the final pit stop of the race on lap 146.
Pitting under green-flag conditions, the AdvoCare team serviced the No. 3 Chevrolet with four Goodyear tires and Sunoco Green E15 Fuel before sending the Welcome, N.C.-based driver back onto the racing service in the second position. Dillon made a pass for the lead on lap 151 and never relinquished it, ultimately crossing the finish line 1.059 seconds ahead of Sam Hornish Jr.
“I have been telling everyone that if we want to have a chance at winning this championship we have to win races, and we came here to Kentucky Speedway and did it,” Austin explaned.”The AdvoCare pit crew was amazing today and I am proud of them, Danny Stockman and everyone on this No. 3 team for working so hard. We are maximum points racing right now. It feels so cool to be able to sweep both races at Kentucky Speedway this year. The track is awesome and I love the fans here.”
Cole Whitt’s sixth-place effort in the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway earned the 88 team its 11th top-10 of the season and led the JR Motorsports teams in Saturday’s race. Whitt wasted no time driving forward with a car that excelled on long green-flag runs from the drop of the green flag. He was able to maintain speed as competitors’ lap times dwindled and the rookie raced to fifth by lap 100.
Whitt would work as high as second on a lap-166 restart, but gave up a handful of positions as he needed another green-flag run to bring the car to life. In a mere 20 laps, the Clean Coal Chevrolet came to and Whitt’s times improved. He mounted a charge coming to the checkered flag that brought him within inches of fifth place.
“After the way our practices went yesterday, we knew we needed some changes on the Clean Coal Chevrolet. We actually put a different setup in it and just went racing with it today,”said the young Whitt. “ It was a complete team effort from everyone, including the 7 team. There was a lot of shared information between both cars this weekend and we haven’t done that in a while, so that was a really helpful. We all hung together on this one and to come out of here with a top-10, with a shot at a top-five, was huge for our team. I’ve got to give a big thanks to Bruce and all our team guys. It was a great job by everyone.”with a shot at a top-five, was huge for our team. I’ve got to give a big thanks to Bruce and all our team guys. It was a great job by everyone.”
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