"Richmond is kind of in between Phoenix and Martinsville in the way you drive it. You don't brake as hard as you do at Martinsville. And at Phoenix you let the car roll and brake light with only a little bit of heavy braking. So it's a little closer to Phoenix in that way. We learned some stuff at the end of the year last year that had us run better at the fall Richmond race. That was our trend. Every time we went to a track a second time, we improved. We'll keep trying to do that here with the 35 team.
"We were pretty decent in the Phoenix race this year. We were definitely better in the race from where we had started the weekend. So, the things we progressed on at Phoenix we will put to use at Richmond. We're always trying to learn and always trying to get better."
JUST THE FACTS: Whitt has three Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond International Raceway ... His top finish at the 3/4-mile oval is 30th (2014).