September 11, 2011. Racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team resumed action in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series this past weekend at Barrie Speedway for round number ten. White showed speed, poise and was en route to a fantastic finish when fortunes quickly changed.
In three previous visits to Barrie the #21 A & W Dodge team hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t achieved the desired results. During practice and then in qualifying White was confident their luck was changing. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As usual my Crew Chief Derek Lynch and his crew prepared the car really well and I felt really good heading into the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â said White.
Knowing 300 grueling laps lay ahead White knew patience and a solid race strategy would be key. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was really fortunate to have Dan McHattie spotting for me todayÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He was stressing what to expect right from the start of practice and it was playing out exactly as he said it wouldÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
As expected on the tight one third mile oval there was plenty of action between drivers. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was just being cautious in the first half of the race and saving the #21 A & W Dodge for the second half of the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â explained White.
Past the halfway point White had stopped for scheduled service and the focus on the end result began. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was really coming to usÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I feel we had a car capable of a top five finish for sure and the race was coming to us exactly the way Dan explained earlierÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
A shocking twist of fate would occur on a restart just past lap 200. The #60 car would turn inexplicably in front of the #21 A & W Dodge that was on the inside sending White on a wild sliding across the track and crashing hard into the outside wall. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Apparently the #60 broke an axle and the car the just turned in front of meÃ¢â‚¬Â said a disappointed White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so frustrating because everyone worked so hard and the race was playing out the way we expected and we were in line for a great finishÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Despite the disappointing end to the night Jason White remains in eighth spot in the overall championship standings. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was the hardest hit IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever hadÃ¢â‚¬Â said White Ã¢â‚¬Å“but at least we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take too bad a hit in the pointsÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team are back in action on Saturday September 17th at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Race fans will have even more opportunities to follow Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge Challenger team this season. Check out the all new team website at www.jasonwhiteracing.com and be sure to follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite The 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will consist of twelve events from coast to coast in Canada. Get more information about the series at www.hometracks.nascar.com
Photo by Gary Grant