TriStar Motorsports driver Cole Whitt has retired, the team announced late Sunday night.
Whitt, 27, started 34th and finished 25th in Sunday’s NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8 race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. It was his 13th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start of the season, with a best finish of 19th at Texas in the spring.
Bittersweet day for us as one of our all-time favorites has elected to move on to the next phase of his life. Thank you @ColeWhitt for the memories!! We’re going to miss you but are happy that you are following your heart and wish you the very best!! pic.twitter.com/hWqAFfGI5U
— TriStar Motorsports (@TriStarRaceTeam) November 12, 2018
Whitt has 161 Cup starts under his belt, racing full time at NASCAR’s top level in 2014-15 and 2017, finishing 31st in points in his first two full seasons. In his 2012 Xfinity Series rookie season, he placed seventh overall, with four top-five finishes.
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