While everybody was worried about tire management, Landon Cassill and Cole Whitt had something else come in their way in trying to find success.
For the second straight race in a row, Cassill would blow the motor in his No. 40 Snap Fitness Chevrolet, resulting in a 43rd place finish. Being with a small team, each race is ever important in trying to place himself within the top 30 in points to be locked in. It is also important to showcase for the sponsors his ability. So far, though, it seems Mike Hilman Racing has been dealt with a case of the blues.
Cole Whitt would suffer the same fate, as his motor would go up in smoke with 25 laps to go. Whitt made the switch over to Front Row Motorsports from BK Racing over the off-season. Whitt was running inside the top 30 when the motor let go.
“I thought we were running pretty decent for this being our first run with this team,” Whitt commented. “It probably exceeded my expectations in the race a little bit. It was nice to run with some of those fast cars and get up there and mix it up with the Roush cars and some of the other good cars. I thought we were good on the long run and our car only got better. Even when it started laying down, we still were running the same speed as a lot of the cars we were racing around. Unfortunately, it finally let go completely but at least we were fast.”
Both drivers will hope to have better luck in the gambling city of Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend.