Another Top-Fifteen for Jason White Dover, DE -- May 14, 2010. Jason White survived 200 laps at one of NASCAR'S toughest tracks on Friday bringing home his fourth top-fifteen finish of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the Dover 200...
Another Top-Fifteen for Jason White
Dover, DE -- May 14, 2010. Jason White survived 200 laps at one of NASCAR'S toughest tracks on Friday bringing home his fourth top-fifteen finish of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the Dover 200 despite mechanical gremlins that the team fought at the end of the event.
White qualified the GunBroker.com Dodge thirteenth on Friday morning turning a lap of 23.51 seconds at over 153 mph.
Jason held his ground early, running in the top-fifteen through the first half of the race. Through several stops the SS Green Light crew worked on the handling of Whites mount preparing him for the run to the finish.
At lap 123, Crew Chief Doug Howe made a bold move during the races sixth caution, keeping his driver on the track while may of the other lead-lap trucks came to the pits. The call put White in the race lead where he stayed for five laps. On lap 129 Jason had a great battle with former series champion Johnny Benson with the two swapping the lead several times with Benson finally taking the top spot from the GunBroker.com Dodge.
Jason showed a ton of poise and speed battling in the top-five over the next ten laps racing hard with Sprint Cup regulars Elliot Sadler and Kyle Busch who had dominated most of the race leading well over half the laps. It looked like White had enough speed to pull off another top-five finish at the track know as the Monster Mile.
The mechanical issues began to plague the GunBroker.com Dodge over the last third of the race as a wheel bearing became overheated and actually boiled the brake fluid in Jason's black and yellow Dodge RAM truck.
The issue forced Jason to the pits under each of the races last five cautions while the crew worked to cool the wheel bearing and prevent the overheating brake fluid from causing any further damage. The additional stops kept White near the back of the lead lap resulting in a fourteenth place finish in the final rundown behind eventual winner Aric Almorola.
Jason dropped three places to tenth in the very tight 2010 NCWTS driver point standings behind new leader Almorola. There are only 39 points separating the fifth through tenth position in the standings.
White and the GunBroker.com team will travel to Pocono Raceway for a NASCAR test session at the two and a half mile tri-oval in preparation for the NCWTS race in July. "We're going to bring a truck we call "50 Cal" to Pocono for the test. It's the same truck we ran at Atlanta earlier this year."
"I've never been to Pocono so it's going to be a learning experience for myself and the crew. We'll be working on set-ups and getting the truck comfortable," White added. "There's going to be four trucks, so it should be cool to see what they all do. For me it's great to be able to get the extra track time."
The next NCWTS race for Jason White and the GunBroker.com team is the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 21, 2010.