Eleventh for Jason White at Kansas Kansas City, KS -- May 2, 2010. After running in the top-ten for much of the O'Reilly 250, Jason White fought a tight race truck at the end of the race and finished eleventh in the rain-delayed event at the ...
Eleventh for Jason White at Kansas
Kansas City, KS -- May 2, 2010. After running in the top-ten for much of the O'Reilly 250, Jason White fought a tight race truck at the end of the race and finished eleventh in the rain-delayed event at the Kansas Speedway.
The SS Green Light team brought a brand new GunBroker.com No. 23 to Kansas this week hoping to turnaround two subpar finishes in a row. The team spent much of Saturday's practice session fine tuning the new truck and looking for speed. White would qualify 23rd with a time of 32.85 seconds on the mile and a half speedway at a speed of over 164 mph.
At the start of the race, Jason quickly jumped up to 20th spot. When the first caution flew on lap eight he radioed to crew chief Doug Howe he was "tight up off" in the corners. Howe called White to the attention of the SS Green Light crew who made a chassis adjustment and topped Jason's GunBroker.com Dodge off with Sunoco racing gas and he restarted from the back of the pack in 30th place.
White kept on the gas through a caution filled first 50 laps and moved up the running order quickly. He was aided by great stops by the SS Green Light team. By lap 34 Jason was all the way up to 13th and moved into the top ten on a caution on lap 41.
Jason had a great restart and reached the 8th spot on lap 48 and was running laps only two tenths off the leaders pace. The truck would get too tight for White's liking during a long green flag run which included green flag pit stops. Eventual winner Johnny Sauter was running away from the field during the long run, but White was fast enough to stay on the lead lap.
"Real tight, real tight!" White radioed the crew. "Once the sun went behind the clouds we got really tight."
Following a caution on lap 96, Jason was back in the top ten when the heavy rains and hail came and caused a two-hour delay. Howe chose two tires to gain track position and Jason restarted after the red flag in second place. He dropped several positions as the trucks with four tires passed in the first few laps following the restart before settling into seventh place where he ran for many laps. It looked like a great finish was in line for the GunBroker.com team.
Over the last ten laps of the race, the handle went away and several trucks caught White. The last two laps were exciting as four trucks battled side by side trying to earn a top ten finish. Unfortunately, the handling of Whites truck had deteriorated and Jason came out of the fight with his second eleventh place finish of the season.
"We brought a brand new race truck here and we struggled to find the handle," said White. "The truck was way better on Sunday in the race than we were on Saturday. It was pretty good at times but it just too tight as the runs went on."
"It's not the finish we were looking for, we should have had a an easy top-ten there. Overall it wasn't a bad day for the points, but I'm frustrated with the ending."
Jason moved up one spot in the 2010 NCWTS driver point standings to seventh place behind leader Timothy Peters. He is only nineteen points behind Matt Crafton in sixth and 36 points out of fifth.
The next race for Jason White and the GunBroker.com team is the Dover 200 at the Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 14, 2010.