ENNIS, Texas - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Marc White and the Etterman Racing Team stepped up on Sunday to score a runner-up finish during this past weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec. White, who had been quick at...
ENNIS, Texas - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Marc White and the Etterman Racing Team stepped up on Sunday to score a runner-up finish during this past weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec. White, who had been quick at the tree all day, narrowly missed taking a holeshot win over his opponent Von Smith, who just caught him at the finish line to take the win by a mere .008 of a second.
White, from Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the Etterman Racing Firebird seventh in the field with a 5.749 elapsed time at 249.58 mph. In round one, he took out Kirk Williams with a 5.814 at 246.44 mph, and then took out Bob Newberry in round two with a 5.658 at 253.66 mph. White then used a near-psychic .409 reaction time (.400 is perfect) in his semifinal bout with Steve Gasparrelli to win on a holeshot with a 5.668 at 252.38 mph to defeat Gasparrelli's quicker-but-later 5.607 at 255.75 mph.
In the final, White once again took the starting line advantage with a .430 to .466 jump over Smith. White's 5.676 at 251.81 mph was not enough to hold off Smith's 5.632 at 256.62 mph.
"It was a real boost to the team to have another good outing," said White. "The conditions really played into our hand. We've been testing some new things this weekend, and they're starting to come around. We know how to run good in good air, so that really helped out on Sunday. We just about pulled it off, but at least we are moving in the right direction."
With the strong outing under their belt, the Etterman Racing Team will close the year out with outings to the Division 7 closer in Las Vegas and the season-closing AAA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif. White, who is currently seventh in national standings, hopes to maintain and improve that with a strong outing in Las Vegas.
"We're going to Las Vegas now to see if we can move up a spot nationally," stated White. "Seventh nationally is the best we've done, and if we can do good in Vegas, we can move up to sixth. Since we're going to Vegas, we might as well hit Pomona the next weekend. That's always a neat race."
For more information on the team, visit their website at EttermanRacing.com.