August 21, 2011. Sun Peaks, British Columbia racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team arrived in Montreal for the final road course event of the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season looking for another solid result. With White poised to achieve that outcome he was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision that hurt his overall finish.
For the second race in a row rain showers would mar the on track action. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Right before the practice session we had some showersÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I did get some laps in the #21 A & W Dodge but knowing the weekend would be dry we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t run for very longÃ¢â‚¬Â he explained.
The #21 A & W Dodge team used their knowledge gained from excellent previous road course results this season and set the car up for qualifying. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was pretty good during qualifying, just a little bit tightÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But overall the car was really strongÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
White began the 100km feature race from the eighteenth position and almost immediately started moving forward. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The A & W Drive Thru Crew made some changes and fixed the tight problem and the car felt greatÃ¢â‚¬Â stated White.
Continuing to move forward White had positioned the car to achieve their goal of another top ten finish when outside factors would intervene. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It looked like there was some contact with DJ Kennington and another carÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It happened right in front of me and I had to some quick maneuvering to keep from getting collected. There was no contact but I lost a number of positionsÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
With the laps winding down White began to push the #21 A & W Dodge to regain as many spots as possible and would cross the finish line in fifteenth. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was no damage to the car so I just hustled to get back what I couldÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were all set up for another top ten finish but unfortunately got caught up in that problemÃ¢â‚¬Â he concluded.
With the result Jason White remains eighth in the overall championship standings.
Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team are back in action on Saturday September 10th at Barrie Speedway. Fans are also reminded of the Cruising for a Cause day August 25th when a dollar from every Teen Burger sold will be donated to MS Research.
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 of Jason White in the A & W Dodge Challenger on course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve by Joe Hamilton.