Michigan: Jason White race notes

Jason White Delivers 27th In Michigan "Hooter's Energy Drink Showing Improvement With New Crew Chief" BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 17, 2007) - - Pennington Motorsports primary goal heading into Saturday's Michigan 200 was to qualify. They did...

Jason White Delivers  27th In Michigan

"Hooter's Energy Drink Showing Improvement With New Crew Chief"

BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 17, 2007) - - Pennington Motorsports primary goal heading into Saturday's Michigan 200 was to qualify. They did that solidly with a 31st place qualifying effort Saturday morning. Unfortunately, driver Jason White battled a loose condition on his No. 7 Hooter's Energy Drink Chevrolet Silverado throughout the 100 lap/200 mile event to hinder a potential top-20 finish. Instead the team netted a 27th place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

After struggling in practice,  White and crew chief Barry Dodson locked their
heads together hoping to find an  ideal setup that would benefit the rookie
team in the 10th NCTS race  of the 2007 season.
With a starting position not  guaranteed for the Virginia native, White knew
he had to deliver.  In qualifying, he maneuvered his No. 7 Hooter's Energy
Drink truck around the  two-mile oval capturing a time of 42.029 seconds or
171.310 MPH, clinching the  31st starting position.

At the start of the event, White settled in trying to maneuver himself in the top-30. White reported to his crew early on that his truck was extremely loose in the center of the corner.

Dodson acknowledged his driver's  concern and offered White confidence that
they would make an adjustment to his  Pennington Motorsports automobile. Leader
Mark Martin was setting a blistering  pace early on during the event
overtaking White approaching lap  20.
Despite falling off the lead pace,  White continued to dig, hoping to benefit
from the "Lucky Dog" pass offered by  NASCAR. The caution would fly on lap
28 for debris, but White would not be the  beneficiary of the free pass. Little
did he know, his break would come later in  the race.
White brought his truck to the  attention of his Hooter's Energy Drink racing
team where they changed four  tires, added Sunoco racing fuel and a made a
chassis adjustment hoping to help  his loose condition.
Back to green flag racing, the  changes seemed to work as his lap times
improved considerably. White however  would report 15 laps later that the looseness
would return and that the truck  was very difficult to drive.
Dodson informed his driver that on  the next round of pit stops, they would
make another chassis adjustment by  adding a spring rubber. That caution would
waive on lap 55 when AJ Allmendinger  pounded the wall in turns one and two.
The Pennington Motorsports team  raised the bar and performed a solid pit
stop even with the insertion of the  spring rubber. White would return to
competition hovering just inside the  top-30.
White's main objective was to  return to the lead lap and vowed to his North
Carolina-based team that he would  hold nothing back and try to retain the lap
he lost in the first quarter of the  race.
The hard work paid off. When Jack  Sprague wrecked, the caution flag flew
with the Aaron's Lucky Dog pass being  awarded to the 27-year old White.

"Boys, we're back on the lead lap, good work," he offered during the brief break.

With his return to the lead lap coming with less than 20 circuits remaining, White would improve two positions advancing from 29th to 27th in the final rundown.

"Our main goal coming into the  race was to qualify. We did that. Then we
came into the race with a picture of  finishing. We did that. I know it's not the
finish we hoped to walk away with  but we're making great strides," said
White. "Our truck was really loose most of  the day. I know a lot of the teams
were dealing with the same issue,  Unfortunately, we just couldn't get it where
we needed  to."

"We are improving each and every week. The addition of Barry Dodson has been great for Pennington Motorsports. A lot of good things are in the future for us, I think you'll only see our 2007 season get better from here," concluded White.

Next up for Pennington Motorsports  and the rest of the NCTS clan is the
TOYOTA Tundra 200 from The Milwaukee Mile  on Friday, June 22.

-credit: pm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason White , Mark Martin