Whitt retires after Phoenix race

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Whitt retires after Phoenix race

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Whitt retires after Phoenix race

Sunday’s Cup race at ISM Raceway was Cole Whitt’s final NASCAR ride, his TriStar Motorsports team announced.

Whitt, 27, was TriStar’s primary driver in 2017 but requested a limited schedule this year in the No. 72 Chevrolet, so seat time was split with Corey Lajoie. Sunday was his 13th start, and he finished 25th.

In its post, TriStar said Whitt has “elected (to) hang up his helmet and step away from life behind the wheel.” Whitt previously said he was pondering his future and wanted to spend more time with his family, one of the reasons why he chose not to compete full-time this year.

Whitt has 161 career starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with no top-10 finishes. His average finish is 29.4.

Across the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series, Whitt has 81 starts with 29 top-10 and six top-five finishes.

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