When the checkered flag waved on Sunday at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, it marked the last time Cole Whitt would compete at the highest levels of stock car racing.

TriStar Motorsports revealed after the race that the Can-Am 500 was the end of the line for the 27-year-old’s career as the driver has decided to spend more time with his friends and family. TriStar released a statement following the race.

"Today’s race at ISM Raceway not only marked Cole’s last race with us for the 2018 season but the last of his career as he has elected hang up his helmet and step away from life behind the wheel."

The native Californian made 242 starts across all three NASCAR national series since 2010. Sunday’s race at Phoenix was his 161st start; he finished 25th.

Earlier this season, in taking just a part-time role with TriStar, he stated a desire to spend more time with family and this season was a transition period for him.

Whitt competed full time in Cup from 2014-2017. He shared the TriStar No. 72 with Corey Lajoie.

The best season for Whitt came in 2012 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series when he drove the No. 88 for JR Motorsports to the tune of four top-fives, 14 top-10s and seventh place in the final championship standings.

Source: Autoweek

November 12, 2018