Top-Ten at Pocono for Jason White Pocono, PA -- July 31, 2010. In the inaugural race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Jason White scored his fourth top-ten of the 2010 season in the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel No. 23 Dodge...
Top-Ten at Pocono for Jason White
Pocono, PA -- July 31, 2010. In the inaugural race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Jason White scored his fourth top-ten of the 2010 season in the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel No. 23 Dodge Ram.
With the NCWTS season just reaching the halfway point this week, the four top-ten finishes equal last years total and show the competitive improvement in the SS Green Light team this season.
In the morning's unique multi-truck qualifying session Jason posted a best lap of 57.07 seconds at nearly 158 mph giving him the sixteenth starting position for the 125-mile race.
The very first turn of the race would provide plenty of excitement for the Virginia native when Timothy Peters got loose underneath Jason and slid into the side of the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel Dodge sending Jason spinning into the infield grass. Narrowly avoiding disaster, no other trucks made contact with White during the spin. The SS Green Light team would make quick repairs to the No. 23 and Jason would restart the race on lap three from the tail of the field.
"I don't know exactly what happened," said White after the race. "The 17 got loose underneath us and got into my left side and spun me around. Luckily it didn't tear the truck up too bad, but the track position was a real killer for us as the race went on."
White would not stay at the tail of the field for long as he to worked his way toward the front-running trucks. By lap ten of the fifty-lap race, Jason had climbed fifteen positions to twenty-first place and reached seventeenth by the races halfway point.
Jason pushed the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel Doge RAM into the top-ten by the races three-quarter mark and following a late caution on lap 47, he looked poised for a run at a top-five in the green-white-checkered finish. Ron Hornaday got into trouble and caused another caution setting up a second green-white-checkered.
On the last lap Jason had moved into sixth position and he made a hard charge to attempt to earn a top-five, but the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel Dodge got loose in the second corner and Jason slid back several positions crossing the line in tenth place.
"We were good but not great today, we still need to get better and we need to qualify better," White explained. "Track position really hurt us today. I passed a lot of trucks, I worked so hard to get up to sixth and I pushed too hard trying to get into the top-five at the end. We should have been in the top-five at that point and I might not have drove too hard to get the extra spots."
"I'm happy with a top-ten, but we should have had a top-five today," he added. "We didn't have anything for the top-couple trucks, but we were better than tenth."
White made forty passes in the fifty five-lap race, the most by any driver in the Pocono Mountains 125.
White's finish keeps him solidly in tenth in NCWTS point standings behind leader Todd Bodine.
The next race for Jason White and the GunBroker.com team is the Nashville 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, August 7th.