Memphis: Marc White wrap up

White loses close race in semifinals MILLINGTON, Tenn. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Marc White lost a close contest with Tate Branch in the semifinal round of this past weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at ...

White loses close race in semifinals

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Marc White lost a close contest with Tate Branch in the semifinal round of this past weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Memphis Motorsports Park just outside of Memphis. Branch was just able to hold off White by a mere .011 of a second, or four feet at 250 mph.

White from Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the Etterman Racing Firebird third in the eight car field with a 5.918 second elapsed time at 233.16 mph. In round one, he took out the always-tough Vern Moats with a 5.880 at 240.29 mph. In his semifinal round bout with Branch, Branch gained a slight starting line advantage and was able to hold on for the win with a 5.894 at 248.75 mph to White's 5.855 at 250.41 mph.

"We got a little bit behind the racetrack," said White. "They replaced the concrete in the middle of the racetrack, we and everybody else was a little scared of it at first, but it ended up being a little bit better than we thought. We never could get the car to run the way it should have. The best we ran there was a 5.85, and the car should have definitely been in the 5.70's. We were chasing it all weekend, and never quite caught it."

Etterman Racing's next event will be the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas, Apr. 11-14. White and the team are excited to return to the track that they qualified No. 1 last year at. White feels there is some 'bugs' to work out of the car, however.

"We see some things that the car does that we don't like," stated White. "We pretty much made a commitment that we are going to try to fix it. A lot of times we go to a race, and spend one run trying to fix it, then if it doesn't work, we go back to our 'race' mode, and move to the next race to try to fix a problem. After having two, what we consider 'bad' weekends, Gainesville and Memphis, we've decided we are going to do whatever it takes to fix what we see wrong with the car. If it takes all of Houston to do it, so be it. If we don't fix it at Houston, we'll fix it at Houston and the next race. We're going to fix this problem we see, and not quit until we get it fixed."

For more information on the team, visit their website at EttermanRacing.com.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tate Branch , Vern Moats