After a strong performance in the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season opener last Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, veteran NASCAR driver Jason White prepares to enter Saturday afternoon's San Bernardino County 200...
After a strong performance in the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season opener last Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, veteran NASCAR driver Jason White prepares to enter Saturday afternoon's San Bernardino County 200 vowing to prove that the team's performance was no fluke.
With the support of his SS-Green Light Racing team, White is itching to net his first career top-10 NCTS finish in his first trip to the two-mile oval of California Speedway.
A mechanical failure forced a disappointing 22nd place finish for White and Company after hovering in the top-five last weekend at Daytona but the effort does give the Mooresville, North Carolina team confidence that their 2008 season has a bright future.
The journey continues on Saturday afternoon.
White will make his 31st career NCTS start on Saturday afternoon and his second under the SS-Green Light Racing banner carrying sponsorship from GunBroker.com.
Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Mike Bliss will pilot a second SS-Green Light Racing entry on Saturday behind the wheel of the No. 07 ASI Limited Chevrolet Silverado.
JASON WHITE, NO. 08 GUNBROKER.COM DODGE RAM:
WHITE: (RECAPPING DAYTONA) "I have mixed feelings. We had a phenomenal truck, just didn't have the break we were looking for. You cannot always control a mechanical failure, but we were able to return to the racetrack and take the checkered flag. On the other hand, I feel that we turned some heads and really put ourselves in position to be strong contenders all season long."
WHITE: (ON HIS FIRST TRIP TO CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY) "I'm remaining optimistic but I'm awfully excited about the race on Saturday. I've never been to California Speedway but I've been informed it has similar characteristics to Michigan International Speedway (MIS), a track that I have competed on before. Practice is so important for our GunBroker.com Dodge this weekend. It's important for us to obtain as much practice time as possible so I can get familiar with the track so we can be ready to go for the San Bernardino County 200."
WHITE: (ON BANKING HIS PRIOR EXPERIENCE AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY WILL TRANSFER OVER TO CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY) "I know the tracks are very similar. As a driver that is a good thing. I'm sure that California will have its own character though. I'm hoping that the track has the similar features that Michigan sports. I'm also banking that the changes and setup that you can utilize at Michigan are doable in California. It's a wait and see game. I'll let you know after qualifying."
WHITE: (ON THE RULE CHANGES FOR THE 2008 SEASON) "I really feel it's going to make the racing even better than it has been in recent years. I also feel that the changes have the capabilities of putting much of the circuit in the same playing-field. Saturday's race will be the first real test and I'm anxious to see the results for myself."
WHITE: (ON CREW CHIEF DOUG HOWE) "The communication is there. I really enjoy working with Doug and I feel that everyone will begin to see just how well we are gelling with the results on the track. Doug has faith in me and I have faith in him. He knows what I'm looking for in the GunBroker.com machine and that makes me feel comfortable every time I climb in the seat."
WHITE: (ON HIS SS-GREEN LIGHT RACING TEAM) "I am so proud of my team. They work hard in the shop every day and show up at the race track giving more than 100 percent. As a driver it's important to have a team that is behind you. I feel very lucky. I would like nothing more than reward the team and sponsor GunBroker.com with a top-10 finish Saturday to personally thank them for all their hard work and support. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed."
WHITE: (ON THE 2008 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SEASON) "I have a feeling that this is going to be a good year. This team wants to win and run up front. I have no reservation that we can get the job done on a weekly basis. I just want to thank SS-Green Light Racing and my sponsor GunBroker.com for their entire support heading into the second race of the season. It means so much. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues to boast the best racing in NASCAR right now in my mind and I'm just proud to be apart of it."