Jason White Scores Top-Five at Kentucky Sparta, KY -- September 3rd, 2010. The SS Green Light racing team put everything together on Friday night in the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway; A fast race truck, a smart driver, good ...
Jason White Scores Top-Five at Kentucky
Sparta, KY -- September 3rd, 2010. The SS Green Light racing team put everything together on Friday night in the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway; A fast race truck, a smart driver, good pit strategy and enough gas to get to the finish of the 225-mile race. The combination gave Jason White his second top-five finish of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and moved the Virginia native back into the top-ten in the standings.
White qualified the ASI Limited/Akzo Nobel No. 23 Ford in the thirteenth starting spot in Friday afternoons multi-truck qualifying session with a lap of 31.48 seconds on the mile and a half track. White was true to his words when he predicted before the race the No. 23 would qualify twelfth to fifteenth, but would race much better than that.
Jason's prediction continued right from the drop of the green flag, as he moved up to eleventh by lap ten and into the top-ten on lap twelve. He reached ninth when the first caution flew on lap 21.
The NCWTS teams immediately began different tire strategies with many teams taking fuel only on the first stop dropping the No. 23 back to twelfth place on the restart. Again Jason wasted no time moving up to ninth in just five laps and up to seventh when the second caution flew on lap 47.
Different pit strategy mixed the field again with White restarting eleventh when the green flew on lap 50. Several trucks in front of the No.23 did not take tires and Jason quickly moved back up to eighth place before two quick cautions at lap 77 and 82 slowed the field again. Eventual winner Todd Bodine was involved on lap 82 spinning at the front of the field. Jason dove to the inside of the track to miss several trucks that got together right in front of him during the incident and restarted in seventh place when the field went green on lap 86.
"Cautions breed cautions" is a term heard often in motorsports and the third caution in fifteen laps came out on lap 92. Nine of the lead-lap trucks stayed on the track, but SS Green Light team led by Doug Howe called the ASI Limited/Akzo Nobel Ford to the pit and filled the No. 23 full of Sunoco fuel feeling White could make it the final 54 laps to the finish if the race was to stay green.
Jason restarted eleventh and was caught in traffic as several side-by side battles occurred in front of him and was shuffled back to fourteenth. Conserving fuel he patiently raced back up toward the top-ten and by lap 125, the trucks that did not take fuel during the last caution began to come to the attention of their crews. Jason moved up the running order reaching the top-five with ten laps to go.
Jason and Ricky Carmichael battled for the fourth position with White finally getting around Carmichael with five laps to go to earn his second fourth place finish of the 2010 season.
White now has five top-ten finishes in 2010 which betters his career best of four in 2009 with seven races remaining this season.
Jason discussed the teams pit strategy following the race. "We all talked about it before the race, we knew our pit window. We were right on the edge, within a lap or two."
"We were running seventh and we came out in eleventh. We were right there all night I'm excited about the finish," he added. "To get a top-five is pretty cool."
The fourth place finish moved White back into the top-ten in NCWTS point standings behind leader Todd Bodine. Jason is 121 points behind new teammate David Starr who is in ninth.
The next race for Jason White and the SS Green Light team is the New Hampshire 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18th. GunBroker.com will return to the hood of the No. 23.