White holeshots to victory in Columbus. HEBRON, Ohio - National Trail Raceway, racing in June, and the Etterman Racing Team seem to be three things that just go together well. Marc White, the driver of the Etterman Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car...
White holeshots to victory in Columbus.
HEBRON, Ohio - National Trail Raceway, racing in June, and the Etterman Racing Team seem to be three things that just go together well. Marc White, the driver of the Etterman Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car won his third career national event by taking out defending seven-time World Champion Frank Manzo in the finals of this past weekend's Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway just outside of Columbus, Ohio. The win marked the fourth consecutive year in a row for White to make the finals at an event in Columbus, and the team's last national event win came in St. Louis in June of last year.
White, from Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the team's Pontiac Firebird second behind Manzo with a strong 5.718 second elapsed time at 249.49 mph. In round one, White took out Wayne Butler with a 5.744 at 245.99 mph, then took out Jeff Craig on a holeshot in round two, 5.793 at 240.77 mph to Craig's 5.782 at 249.49 mph. White's second round win proved to be a costly one, as a rod failure hurt their primary motor and caused them to have to change motors in a matter of 45 minutes. With the help of nearly 20 people, the team made the call for the semifinals, and took out former World Champ Bob Newberry with an impressive 5.731 at 249.58 for the first time in his career to make it to the finals for the fourth year in a row.
In the final, White once again used a quicker reaction time to take the win over Manzo. White took a .455 to .468 starting line advantage and held on that lead to win with a 5.730 at 250.13 mph to Manzo's quicker-but-later 5.721 at 249.07 mph, with the margin of victory being a mere .004 of a second.
"In the first qualifier, we kind of missed the tune-up, and it looked like everyone else did, too," said White. "We came back and got after it a little bit, and eventually ended up qualified No. 2. During eliminations, we got by first round, but in the second round, we had a tough race against Jeff Craig. It threw the rods out of it just before the finish line. We had about 45 minutes to change motors, and we got help from about every Division 3 team that was there. There was probably 20 people there helping us. We wouldn't have made it to the semi's if it wasn't for the help we got from them."
"Fortunately, we were able to get everything done just fine," continued White. "We took out Bob Newberry in the semifinals, and that put us against 'The Man' Frank Manzo in the finals. Things just went our way. We were able to cut a good light, the car ran well, and we were fortunate enough to get the win."
"We've won three of these races now," added White. "This one was definitely the sweetest because we beat Newberry and Manzo to do it, two people we had never beat before."
With the win in hand, White and the Etterman team move to their next event, race three of the Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to be held at Mid-Michigan Dragway in Stanton, Mich.
"It's absolutely a big boost to the team," explained White. "It gives you a tremendous amount of confidence, and that just makes everything better. Your driving gets better, and you just seem to make better decisions when you're in that zone. It really goes a long way, and we are looking forward to next weekend coming right off of this win."
For more information on the team, visit their website at EttermanRacing.com.