White loses close race to Smith in quarterfinals GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Marc White lost a close contest with Von Smith in the second round of this past weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals. After setting low elapsed...
White loses close race to Smith in quarterfinals
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Marc White lost a close contest with Von Smith in the second round of this past weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals. After setting low elapsed time of the first round, White recorded a 5.749 at 248.07 mph, but it just wasn't enough for Smith's 5.739 at 253.75 mph.
White, from Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the Etterman Racing Firebird fourth with a 5.754 at 246.21 mph. In round one he took out Paul Lee in the "Cape Codder" Corvette with a solid 5.749 at 248.07 mph, which stood as low e.t. of the round before losing to Smith on Sunday.
"We just got behind from the start," said White. "We lost a motor on the first qualifier and had to put our spare motor in. We backed the tune up down a little bit because we wasn't 100% sure why the motor hurt itself. It just took a little bit to catch up from there. We finally got the car down in the mid 5.7's, which were competitive times, but we just lost a close race to Von Smith, that's all there is to it."
From Gainesville, the Etterman Racing team will go straight into their next event, the Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Memphis Motorsports Park, just outside of Memphis, Tenn. With the facility being a national event quality track, White and team hope they can pick up where they left off in Gainesville.
"I think we can pick back up from Gainesville," commented White. "Tennessee has been getting some crazy weather this past week, so hopefully the weather will cooperate. Memphis, this time of year should be fast, and the track should be in good shape, so I think 5.70's and even some high 5.60's could be a possibility this weekend."
Qualifying begins on Friday at 4 p.m. for the Top Alcohol Funny Cars with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in the world of alcohol racing.
Be sure to catch the ESPN Sportsman coverage from Gainesville on ESPN2, Mar. 30, at 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ET)
For more information on the team, visit their website at EttermanRacing.com.