White Runs Best Race of 2008 at Martinsville despite End of Race Fuel Issue Smart Driving and Determination Drove Jason White from a 31st place start to near Top Ten Finish Before Running Out of Fuel Martinsville (VA) - - Jason White was ...
White Runs Best Race of 2008 at Martinsville despite End of Race Fuel Issue
Smart Driving and Determination Drove Jason White from a 31st place start to near Top Ten Finish Before Running Out of Fuel
Martinsville (VA) - - Jason White was looking to beat his best Martinsville Speedway finish of 13th in Saturday's Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. White qualified 31st and knew it would be tough to get the #08 GunBroker.com Dodge up front for the race. But he was up for the challenge and wanted to have a good showing in his home state of Virginia. He proved his determination by patiently gaining positions and moving up through the field during the 250 lap race.
White avoided several wrecks and kept his truck clean and moving forward. In the final portion of the race he had gained excellent track position and was battling to get into the top ten. White was putting serious pressure on Travis Kvapil for 10th place and appeared to have the faster truck. While focusing on a top ten finish he was also consistently holding off 2007 series Champion Ron Hornaday. Unfortunately his chance at a top-ten finish was robbed when his truck ran out of gas just before a late race red flag.
"We just can't seem to catch a break this year," said White. "We didn't have a top ten truck until the last half of the race. Everything was finally coming together and I think we could have finished in the top ten or maybe better. Then to run out of gas with a just a few laps to go was so disappointing. I can't blame anyone as it was just one of those things that can happen, but it's still very disappointing."
Like many teams the track conditions seemed to change all weekend making it difficult to find the right setup. White and the GunBroker.com crew led by Crew Chief Doug Howe were struggling to find a solid setup during Friday's practice. Then on Saturday morning they qualified 31st, which was not what they hoped for at a track were starting position can be very important to the outcome of the race. But all along White and Howe felt they had a good truck for the race. Through solid pit stops and never giving up they had moved into the top half of field showing their will to have a good run. What appeared to be White headed for a career best finish was quickly ended by racing's often brutal surprises. His truck ran out of gas just before a red flag on the race, not allowing the team to replace any fuel. White would finish 27th.
"It's been frustrating because we are a better team than our finishing positions have showed these first four races," added White. "We can't let it get us down though and have to keep moving forward. It's still a long season."