"Richmond was kind of an Achilles heel for me for a while. It's a tough track and it's kind of a different type of short track. Personally, I didn't grow up doing a lot of short-track racing. I grew up racing sprint cars, which are on small tracks but just a lot different style of racing. So, for those cars at the time, they felt like big tracks. Now the mile-and-a-halfs are kind of what I've been more comfortable on. And the shorter tracks like Richmond have been a bigger challenge figuring out how to let the cars roll and how to really gain speed. But I tested there last year and got what I felt was pretty decent and comfortable. So, now I look forward to going there."
JUST THE FACTS: Whitt has four Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond International Raceway ... MDS Transport returns to the No. 35 as primary sponsor for Saturday night's race.