Saskatoon: Derek White race report

BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR DEREK WHITE THIS SEASON August 5, 2010. Arriving at Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon for round number seven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series Derek White and the ...

BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR DEREK WHITE THIS SEASON

August 5, 2010. Arriving at Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon for round number seven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series Derek White and the #99 DPW/OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet Race Team expected to shake off the tough luck that has taken away the possibility of more solid finishes this year. After the team worked several long days and nights preparing for the race their efforts were rewarded.

During the practice session for the race the #99 DPW/OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet showed plenty of speed and White posted some impressive times. "I was really happy with how well the car ran during the afternoon" said White. "We took a big leap forward with the car" he added.

White backed up his performance during qualifying by posting and outstanding qualifying lap that was good enough to gain him the seventh starting spot on the grid. "The car was just as good during qualifying, good speed and handled great, the whole team was really pumped up after that qualifying time" said the driver.

The next step for White and the #99 DPW/OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet team was to carry that performance through the 250 lap feature event. As the race began White found himself under fire from plenty of other fast cars. "These guys are the best racers in the country and I wanted to use the great track position we had to learn from them, but also not be in the way" said White. "The car continued to run great so I just took it easy to see how the race sorted out" he added.

White did fall several positions in the field but knew their patience would be rewarded if they continued to run well. Following a caution period near lap 50 the race stayed green for a long run taking a huge toll on all of the cars including the #99 DPW/OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet.

Around lap 200 White knew there was something wrong with the #99 DPW/OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet and pulled off the track to allow the crew to assess the situation. A part failure with the right front bearings would end their day prematurely. "We had a car that was going to have a great finish" said White "but unfortunately it was a minor little part failure that finished us" he said.

Where some might be frustrated with such a conclusion to their race White was extremely proud of the #99 DPW/OCR Gaz Bar Chevrolet team. "All of the guys on this team worked their butts off to get this car ready. They started right after the race in Vernon and had a couple of really long days but they did a great job. I'm really excited about the rest of the season now that we've got the car working the way we want it" said the driver.

Derek White and the #99 DPW/OCR Gas Bar Team are scheduled to race next on Sunday August 15th at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres.

-source: dpw racing

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Derek White