White Prepared for the Challenge of High-Banks at Bristol: Few race tracks carry the type of reputation as the half-mile, high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway. The track is known for very high speeds and action that happens faster than the driver...
White Prepared for the Challenge of High-Banks at Bristol: Few race tracks carry the type of reputation as the half-mile, high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway. The track is known for very high speeds and action that happens faster than the driver or the spotter can react. Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200 will mark the first visit to the Bristol Motor Speedway for the No. 13 Sta-Max Chevrolet Silverado and rookie driver, Paul White. White, who has been working to gain experience in his first five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events spent a day last week testing for the race at Bristol by turning laps around the half-mile track of Toledo Speedway in Ohio.
"We have really worked hard to prepare both the truck and the driver for this race at Bristol," said White. "There is a really tough field of trucks that will be trying to make this race and I know how tricky this little race track looks as a spectator. The team has worked hard to make sure that our No. 13 Sta-Max Chevy is up to the challenge and we tested at Toledo last week so I could get prepared for the short track feel of the truck. It seems like I have become more comfortable on the larger speedways rather than the short tracks so far in the NCTS. But this is a race track where there is no room to work on your lines, you just have to get on the wheel and race as hard as you can lap after lap."
White has competed in only one short track event in his NCTS career and that came earlier this month at the .686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park. White qualified the truck in the 24th position and finished in the 30th position. While White has not seen the finishes he was hoping for yet in the series, he has finished every event he has entered this season and completed 93% of the laps.
"This season has been all about gaining experience," said White. "I haven't had the finishes yet that I know we are capable of, but we have managed to finish every race and complete almost all of the laps. That adds up to seat time and experience. That's what we are focused on this season and Bristol is another new track for me, but I know the challenges around this race will be even greater. But with the test session and a solid set up on the truck, I think if we can keep all four fenders intact, we may have a good finish to show when we leave Bristol."
White has made five starts in the 2004 NCTS season with his best finish coming at the Gateway Int'l Raceway where he finished in the 14th position. The O'Reilly 200 will take the green flag at 9:00pm ET on Wednesday, August 25. The race can be seen Live on Speed Channel and broadcast Live on MRN Radio and XM Radio -- Channel 144.