DEREK WHITE IS TOP FINISHING ROOKIE IN OVERALL STANDINGS
September 25, 2010. Derek White and #99 OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet Race Team headed for the final round of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, Ontario looking to finish up the Canadian racing season with a solid outing. While things didn't go exactly as planned the team did conclude the season with a tremendous amount of racing knowledge, and White is the highest finishing rookie driver in the overall standings.
Making their first ever trip to Kawartha, White and the #99 OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet wanted to take advantage of every minute of practice time and White ran better than 100 laps around the 1/3 mile banked oval. "It's a nice track to drive" said the driver. "Really smooth in the corners but one and two are very different from three and four" he added.
White would start the 250 lap feature race from the twenty first starting spot but quickly moved the #99 OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet forward. "I always want to take it easy at first" explained White "but we did pick up some spots and the car felt pretty good during the first part of the race" he stated.
As teams began to pit for scheduled service the #99 OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet gained track position and before the halfway point was running inside the top-five. "It's a good feeling to be running up that close to the front" smiled the driver.
However as teams with fresher tires returned to the track the front of the field became a tough place to run. "I was trying to give a quicker car some room on the bottom" said White "and I got into the outside wall and that did some damage to the right front. The car wasn't the same after that" he concluded.
White would continue to soldier the #99 OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet on for the balance of the race still looking to gain as many positions and learn as much as possible. "With the car not handling as well working through corners one and two became even tougher" he stated. "I had the other end of the track down, but one and two were tough" he stated.
When the checkered flag waved the #99 OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet would cross the line in nineteenth position. With the schedule completed Derek White is the highest finishing rookie driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standings. "We set that as a goal at the start of the year and it's great to come into this series and get there" said the proud driver. "The teams that race here are so good and so competitive I'm really happy about our season" he added.
-source: tl sports