Gateway: Marc White wins Sears Craftsman Nationals

Etterman Racing White picks up first win of year at St. Louis MADISON, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White used a little bit of luck, good driving, and solid performance to pick up his first win of the year during this past...

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White picks up first win of year at St. Louis

MADISON, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White used a little bit of luck, good driving, and solid performance to pick up his first win of the year during this past weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St. Louis. The win was White's second national event victory of his career.

White, from Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the Etterman Racing 2001 Firebird third with an elapsed time of 5.749 at 250.46 mph. In round one, White dodged a bullet when his opponent Wayne Butler exploded his blower in the burnout, giving him a single. White then launched into severe tireshake, and was forced to shutoff. In round two, "Lady Luck" remained on his side when Scott Palmer broke sooner than White did during the run. White coasted to a 6.46 at 168 mph.

The Etterman Racing team stepped up to the plate for their semifinal match up with Von Smith, however. White took a .458 to .512 holeshot off the line, and ran a 5.787 at 250.32 mph to defeat Smith's quicker-but-later 5.734 at 251.53 mph by a mere .001 of a second. The win was sweet revenge for the Etterman team, who had just lost to Smith in the final of the NHRA Sportsman All-Stars event one week prior on a holeshot. White's final round opponent was fellow Division 3 racer Kim Fritts. Fritts gained a slight starting line advantage, but couldn't hold off White's charge of a 5.786 at 250.04 mph for the win.

"We really struggled during the first two rounds," said White. "Luckily we had a little bit of luck on our side this weekend, which we haven't had all year. In the semifinals for Von Smith, we stepped on her pretty good, and we managed to beat him. For the final, we just tried to repeat, and we won."

White and team hope the win will give them momentum going into their upcoming Division 3 races. White is currently second to Chuck Cheeseman in divisional points.

"Any time you win, it's a boost to the team," stated White. "We would like to take some momentum from this race into our next race in Columbus. Also, getting some laps on some hot race tracks will help our tune-up going into those events. We'll just do like we always do, put one foot in front of the other, and do our best."

For more information on the team, visit their website at EttermanRacing.com</A>

-ER-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Scott Palmer , Chuck Cheeseman , Von Smith , Wayne Butler