A season of firsts for Jason White

October 20, 2011. Sun Peaks, British Columbia racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team had a season to remember in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. This year White forged a bold new partnership with Derek Lynch and the Kawartha Speedway Group and obtained powerful Dodge horsepower from DJK Racing and the results were all positive.

White made the changes to focus on his on track performance while allowing Lynch to lead the team as Crew Chief. And with the addition of more powerful motors White felt they would be a stronger team in 2011. “By defining roles and allowing me to concentrate on the driving I knew we’d be better and the results were there right away” said White.

In the second race of the season White scored a top ten finish at the new Circuit ICAR in the #21 A & W Dodge and backed it up with another top ten at Delaware Speedway. “For us to get our first top ten at a new circuit was great” said the driver. “And then to back it up at Delaware, a track I’ve never finished higher than fifteenth at was a good sign early on” he added.

At the very challenging Mosport International Raceway road course White would score his best career finish with a spectacular sixth place result in the #21 A & W Dodge. “I couldn’t believe it” said White. “The car was running great, we’d come together really well as a team and it was really satisfying to get that kind of finish on this track” he concluded.

In the middle of the season the #21 A & W Dodge team would some struggles. Mechanical difficulties and some tough racing luck wouldn’t allow Jason to claim the finishes they were capable of. “After the western swing where we had some tough races Derek really stepped up” explained White. “He told me that he needed more feedback about the car so that he could make changes to improve it and unless that happened we were going to struggle” he stated.

At round eight of the 2011 series the #21 A & W Dodge team was back on their game under the toughest possible conditions. At the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres for the first time ever a series race took the green flag in the rain. White used all of his skills to navigate through the extreme conditions and other competitors to score another top ten result.

The #21 A & W Dodge driver would receive a jolt of reality at round number ten in Barrie. White was clipped by another driver and crashed hard into the wall. “That was a big hit” said White. “I found out after the other driver had a mechanical failure and just sent me into the wall. A hard hit but I was okay”

Once again the #21 A & W Dodge team would have to dig deep to bounce back. Forced into a back-up car for the final race of the year White would again show his mettle and drive to a top ten finishing position, a strong effort to close out the season.

The result was a season of firsts for Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team. Five top ten finishes in a year, a sixth place result at Mosport for his best career finish in the series and an eighth place finish in the overall championship standings. “We definitely met all of our goals for the season” said White. “Now we have even higher goals for 2012. We know there were a few races where we can improve and better” he added.

Though the season has been over for only a month White is already anxious to get moving on next year. “I’m still so pumped up from our year and how this partnership came together I can’t wait to get going” said an enthusiastic White. “We have such a great partnership with A & W Canada, I’m proud to represent them and help promote Cruising for a Cause and I’m really excited about the future” he stated.

It was recently announced Jason White was voted the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. White will be in Charlotte, NC to accept the award at the Night of Champions Awards Gala on Saturday evening.

For the latest off season news about Jason White and the #21 A & W team, 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 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is expected to be announced shortly. Get more information about the series at www.hometracks.nascar.com

Image credit: Gary Grant

Jason White gets a jolt in Barrie

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 hasn’t achieved the desired results. During practice and then in qualifying White was confident their luck was changing. “As usual my Crew Chief Derek Lynch and his crew prepared the car really well and I felt really good heading into the race” said White.

Knowing 300 grueling laps lay ahead White knew patience and a solid race strategy would be key. “I was really fortunate to have Dan McHattie spotting for me today” said White. “He was stressing what to expect right from the start of practice and it was playing out exactly as he said it would” he added.

As expected on the tight one third mile oval there was plenty of action between drivers. “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 race” explained White.

Past the halfway point White had stopped for scheduled service and the focus on the end result began. “The car was really coming to us” said White. “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 earlier” 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. “Apparently the #60 broke an axle and the car the just turned in front of me” said a disappointed White. “It’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 finish” he added.

Despite the disappointing end to the night Jason White remains in eighth spot in the overall championship standings. “That was the hardest hit I’ve ever had” said White “but at least we didn’t take too bad a hit in the points”.

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

JASON WHITE SHOWS SPEED IN MONTREAL

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. “Right before the practice session we had some showers” said White. “I did get some laps in the #21 A & W Dodge but knowing the weekend would be dry we didn’t run for very long” 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. “The car was pretty good during qualifying, just a little bit tight” said the driver. “But overall the car was really strong” he added.

White began the 100km feature race from the eighteenth position and almost immediately started moving forward. “The A & W Drive Thru Crew made some changes and fixed the tight problem and the car felt great” 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. “It looked like there was some contact with DJ Kennington and another car” said White. “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 positions” 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. “There was no damage to the car so I just hustled to get back what I could” said White. “We were all set up for another top ten finish but unfortunately got caught up in that problem” 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.

TOP TEN FOR JASON WHITE AT TROIS RIVIERES

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. “We thought about making some changes to the gear in the car, but instead I adjusted my driving style a little bit” said White. “It really paid off for us” 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. “My plan was just to take it very easy and carefully” explained White. “I knew that if we could avoid the trouble that would occur and make it to the finish we would have a good result” 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. “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 me” said the driver. “It’s easy to get pretty anxious and excited about gaining a position so I made sure that I could make a pass before attempting it” 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. “It was everybody’s last chance to gain position so I had to be smart about those final two laps” said the driver.

White smartly avoid any last minute trouble and claimed his second sixth place finish of the season, both on road courses. “I was a little surprised we had a lot of green flag racing today” said White. “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. I’m really happy with how well the entire #21 A & W Dodge team performed this weekend, I can’t wait to get back in action at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve” 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

JASON WHITE STARTS STRONG IN SASKATOON

July 28, 2011. Sun Peaks, British Columbia racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team were happy to be back on track at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for round number seven of the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Wednesday. The fast 1/3 mile oval is a favourite for racers.

During practice the #21 A & W Dodge ran very well with White only having one minor issue. “The car was just a bit tight off corner two but other than that felt really good” said White.

With a strong #21 A & W Dodge race car underneath him White would run his best qualifying lap of the season and start the 250 feature event in eighth spot. “What a great lap” said an enthusiastic White. “Dave Lynch told me to come out of corner four and get closer to the wall. I did and it really paid off with that lap” he added.

As the race began White continued his solid day. “The #21 A & W Dodge was running really well, I could go high or low on the track and the car felt great” he explained. “I settled in to run a good consistent pace in the early going and be ready for the end of the race.

However fortunes for the #21 A & W Dodge team changed dramatically. During a caution period White noticed the engine did not sound right and he had lost oil pressure. “I told the crew on the radio and we hoped it was just a glitch but unfortunately it wasn’t” he stated.

Jason was forced to bring the #21 A & W Dodge to pit road and went several laps down while the team diagnosed the problem. “It was some sort of electrical issue” explained the driver. With the car still able to run I went back out and ran laps to try and pick up championship points, but it’s pretty disappointing knowing we had such a good car and a little like this got us” he stated.

Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge will return to action the weekend of August 5-7 at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

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.

Attached Photo: Jason White in the A & W Dodge Challenger during practice at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.