Daytona: Jason White race report

After winning first career pole, White almost scores first ever victory! Daytona Beach, FL -- Feb 13, 2010. Jason White had himself in perfect position to win with two laps to go in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NCWTS race at Daytona ...

After winning first career pole, White almost scores first ever victory!

Daytona Beach, FL -- Feb 13, 2010. Jason White had himself in perfect position to win with two laps to go in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NCWTS race at Daytona International Speedway. White made his move on the last lap, when Todd Bodine blocked the advance, Jason ended-up pushing Timothy Peters to the victory while finishing fourth in his GunBroker.com No. 23.

Thursday night the Virginia native backed-up his prediction of winning the Pole and did so in dramatic fashion; White was the first truck out on the track and posted a 50.69 second lap at over 177mph. White then had to wait for over 40 other competitors to take their turns at bumping him from the top spot. None were successful and White earned his first career NASCAR Pole position and also a friendly wager with NASCAR Sprint Cup star Denny Hamlin. It is also the first pole for SS Green Light Racing.

At the drop of the green flag of the rain delayed race, three Chevy drivers ganged-up to White's outside and dropped the GunBroker.com Ford back to fourth place. Before the field of 36 made it back around to the start/finish line, a huge pile-up occurred right behind White that took out several contending trucks.

White showed the strength of his SS Green Light mount throughout the race, running 96 of the 100 laps in the top-15, leading three times for eight laps.

Following another large melee at lap 31, Crew Chief Doug Howe brought White to the pits twice dropping him back to 19th place. The team made several adjustments to the to tighten-up the GunBroker.com No. 23 which was loose in the corner in the early part of the race. Within several laps, White was back in the top-five where he stayed most of the balance of the race. "The truck is much better," Jason radioed the crew just past the halfway point. "It's near perfect, I can run anywhere I want."

White sustained minor damage to both front fenders and scraped the wall after nearly getting caught in a wreck between Mike Skinner and eventual winner Peters on lap 63. Following an extended stop for repairs Jason restarted tenth and stayed at the tail of the lead draft when he radioed Howe, "I've got the truck to win this thing, but I need to be there with ten to go. I'm just riding."

The SS Green Light team gave White a splash of Sunoco race gas under the races sixth caution on lap 76 and left the rest to White, who positioned the GunBroker.com Ford in third place with five laps to go and waited to make his move. On the last lap, Jason tried to move high, but was blocked by Bodine, so Jason tucked in behind Peters and pushed him to the point. Coming to the checkers, the lead trucks made contact and White got caught behind a crossed-up Bodine at the checkers, crossing the line in an impressive fourth place.

The fourth place finish is White's third career top-five finish and the fourth for SS Green Light Racing. "I'm really happy to come out of here with a top-five and have this truck in one piece for Talladega," a smiling White said. "We accomplished one of our goals and that was to win the Pole."

"We put ourselves in position to win the race and if things go your way you can get to Victory lane. If we keep putting ourselves in that position the wins will come. Right now we're fourth in points and we have a great truck for Atlanta, I'm excited for the entire year and to keep this momentum going for the GunBroker.com team."

-source: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Jason White , Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters