Gateway: Marc White qualifying notes

MADISON, Ill. - There's a saying in drag racing, 'it takes at least one lucky round to win a race.' After losing a few close matchups at his last few races to what some may call 'bad luck,' any 'good luck' has been welcome to the Etterman Racing...

MADISON, Ill. - There's a saying in drag racing, 'it takes at least one lucky round to win a race.' After losing a few close matchups at his last few races to what some may call 'bad luck,' any 'good luck' has been welcome to the Etterman Racing NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car team. 'Lady Luck' was with driver Marc White in his first round race against Wayne Butler. Butler exploded his blower during the burnout, giving White a single. White launched into heavy tireshake so severe that he was forced to lift, then coasted to victory.

White, from Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the Etterman Racing 2001 Firebird third with a solid 5.74 second elapsed time at 249 mph. White was hoping to step up in round one, but only found tire shake. White is happy to put that mistake behind them, and take a shot at Sunday's final eliminations.

"We smoked the tires on the first run," said White. "Then we analyzed the data, and ran a .77 and a .74 on the next runs. In the first round, it just blew the tires off. Luckily, our opponent broke during the burnout, so we dodged a bullet. Maybe we've found a little bit of that luck we never seem to get."

Tomorrow, Scott Palmer will be White's second round opponent. White hopes to return to his normal pace.

"What we run really depends on the weather and what the racetrack looks like," said White. "Even if the racetrack is hot, we should still be able to run a high .70. Von Smith ran a .74 today, so if he can do it, then we should be able to, too."

Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Stay tuned to SummitRacing.com for round by round updates of the racing action from St. Louis.

-Etterman Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Scott Palmer , Von Smith , Wayne Butler