Jason White Eleventh at Chicagoland Joliet, IL -- August 27, 2010. After three straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races that ended early, Jason White got to run the entire distance Friday night at the Chicagoland Speedway. While it ...
Jason White Eleventh at Chicagoland
Joliet, IL -- August 27, 2010. After three straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races that ended early, Jason White got to run the entire distance Friday night at the Chicagoland Speedway. While it was far from the team best run of the season, White ran the entire 154 laps in the top-fifteen and brought home the ASI Limited/Akzo-Nobel No. 23 in eleventh place in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 behind winner Kyle Busch.
The SS Green Light team lead by Doug Howe spent the practice session fine-tuning the handling of the No. 23 ASI Limited Chevy moving up the time charts each time out. White qualified eleventh on Friday afternoon with a lap of 31.33 seconds on the mile and a half track at 172.34 mph.
From the drop of the green, Jason held his ground and raced hard in the top-ten with several good side by side battles with Mike Skinner and Matt Crafton before settling into twelfth on lap twenty. White radioed to the crew that he was "tight from center-off." The team added one pound of air pressure to the right rear tire on the first stop under caution on lap twenty-nine to address the tight condition.
The small adjustment changed the handling of White's truck as he reported on lap thirty-three that "this truck is all over the track loose" and dropped back to fourteenth. The second caution flew on lap seventy-nine and this time Howe called for four fresh Goodyear tires and an adjustment to both rear shocks. The changes helped White, but not enough to move into the top-ten in the running order.
The team tried some strategy to gain track position under caution on lap 125. Howe called for just two right side tires and White jumped up to seventh in the running order. With only twenty-five laps to the finish Jason raced hard with Timothy Peters and Chris Fontaine to hold positions in the top ten, but the truck was too tight with the two tires.
A late caution flew with just two laps to go, so Howe called White to the pit for left side tires to balance out the ASI Limited/Akzo Nobel Chevy. Jason restarted as the last truck on the lead-lap. In just two laps of green flag racing, White charged from fourteenth to eleventh at the checkers behind teammate David Starr.
"We never got this truck totally figured out, we just didn't get the balance quite right," said White after the race. "It's not the result we were hoping for but at least the truck is in one piece."
"It feel's good to finish a race," he added. "We'll take this and build on it for next week at Kentucky."
"We have three trucks that finished the race without a scratch," said SS Green Light General Manager Bobby Dotter. "I'm proud of everyone, we can get back to the shop and try to find a little more speed for Kentucky."
The eleventh place finish kept White eleventh in NCWTS point standings behind leader Todd Bodine, just four points out of the top-ten.
The next race for Jason White and the SS Green Light team is the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway on Friday, September 3rd.