Martinsville II: Jason White race report

Top-Five for Jason White in 100th NCWTS Start Martinsville, VA -- October 23, 2010. Jason White endured scored his third top-five of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season Saturday bringing the No. 23 GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel ...

Top-Five for Jason White in 100th NCWTS Start

Martinsville, VA -- October 23, 2010. Jason White endured scored his third top-five of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season Saturday bringing the No. 23 GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel Toyota fourth in the Kroger 200 at the Martinsville Speedway in his one-hundredth start in the series.

The fourth place finish matches Jason's best finish of the year that he achieved at Daytona and Kentucky.

White qualified the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel No. 23 Toyota seventh quick on Friday afternoon with a lap of 19.83 seconds at over 95 mph. It was Jason's fourth top-ten qualifying effort of the year.

Jason quickly showed how strong his Toyota was charging to sixth at the start of the race and then moved into the top-five on lap nine and held ground until Crew Chief Doug Howe called his driver to the attention of the SS Green Light crew during an early caution on lap twenty-six. The stop would drop the No. 23 back to twentieth place, but would help give Jason excellent track position when the rest of the leaders pit on the following caution on lap forty.

Jason restarted fourth and moved up to second on the track following leader Johnny Sauter. Another caution slowed the field on lap fifty-nine and Jason would start outside the front row, but was shuffled out of line and settled back into seventh place where he would run until another caution on lap ninety-two. Howe would take advantage of the mid-race yellow to bring Jason back onto pit-lane for tires and fuel to take to the end of the 200-lap event, but Jason would now have to work his way back to the front from nineteenth.

By lap 120, Jason was up to twelfth and he raced his way to eleventh when the caution flew again on lap 149. White stayed on the track gaining several positions up to eighth. A strong restart would move Jason up into the top-five before James Buescher would dump Sauter causing the seventh caution and moved the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel No. 23 up to fourth.

Jason would show some of his best driving of the season over the last forty laps of the race as he was able to endure four restarts from the outside of the second row on the tight half-mile track racing hard-nosed against points leader Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almarola to hold his position within the top-five.

There was plenty of contact amongst the leaders each time the field was bunched from the yellow flags. Jason was able to get inside of Bodine on two occasions late in the race but was not able to clear the points leader for the third position. Ron Hornaday and Kyle Busch finished one-two in the race, which was extended to 206 laps following a late caution on lap 198.

"It was pretty cool - first time in a Toyota. Qualified seventh, which was the best we ever qualified here," White said following the race. "We were able to finish fourth and Todd (Bodine) just had more drive off the corner and I was right there. I just wanted to run him clean because he's a good guy. I have to thank Gunbroker.com and the whole team - they all worked hard to get this truck ready so it was pretty cool."

White climbed back into tenth place in the NCWTS point standings behind leader Todd Bodine. Jason is thirty-two points ahead of Justin Lofton.

-source: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jason White , Johnny Sauter , Timothy Peters , Justin Lofton , James Buescher , Kyle Busch