August 8, 2011. Sun Peaks, British Columbia racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team battled the elements and 32 other racers on a soggy afternoon for round number eight of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres. White ran a brilliant race in the rain and claimed a sixth place finish, his fourth top ten finish of the season.
Practice and qualifying took place under sunny and perfect conditions and White improved his performance in the #21 A & W Dodge throughout the Saturday sessions. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We thought about making some changes to the gear in the car, but instead I adjusted my driving style a little bitÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It really paid off for usÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
The skies opened Sunday afternoon shortly before the feature and NASCAR officials declared a wet race which meant for the first time ever teams would start a race in the rain. Ã¢â‚¬Å“My plan was just to take it very easy and carefullyÃ¢â‚¬Â explained White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I knew that if we could avoid the trouble that would occur and make it to the finish we would have a good resultÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
White began the race in fourteenth position and the slipping and sliding on the track allowed him the opportunity to quickly move the #21 A & W Dodge into the top ten. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I really learned a lot about road racing today. I learned to get off the brakes early, let the car roll through the corners and it was really working for meÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to get pretty anxious and excited about gaining a position so I made sure that I could make a pass before attempting itÃ¢â‚¬Â said White.
When the final caution period set up a green, white, checkered flag finish White knew it would be a fight to the finish. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was everybodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last chance to gain position so I had to be smart about those final two lapsÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver.
White smartly avoid any last minute trouble and claimed his second sixth place finish of the season, both on road courses. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was a little surprised we had a lot of green flag racing todayÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But I think it shows how good these teams are to be able to race in these very difficult conditions and not have a lot of torn up race cars. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really happy with how well the entire #21 A & W Dodge team performed this weekend, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to get back in action at Circuit Gilles VilleneuveÃ¢â‚¬Â said White.
With his fourth top ten result of the season Jason White sits eighth in the overall championship standings.
Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge will return to Quebec for their next event August 19-20 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal as part of the Nationwide weekend.
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: Jason White in the A & W Dodge Challenger at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres by Joe Hamilton