TORONTO, Ontario — Jason White found himself within the front runners of the series, a feeling that hasn’t usually come naturally. That feeling of being a hero, though, went away when he made contact with the wall.
Following a solid qualifying effort landing the No. 21 World Financial Group Dodge in 11th on the grid, White put together a solid first half of Pinty’s Grand Prix to keep himself in the conversation.
Though as the laps began to count down, he began to make some moves to improve his running position.
“This week, we had World Financial Group on, and I just really wanted to present really well for them,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I was passing up in the top-10 around some pretty stout cars that have been out of my league for the last eight, 10, 12 years. So racing around some of the guys that I respect a lot, I got a little overzealous.
The contact with the concrete barrier ripped the truck lid and rear bumper cover off of his car. With NASCAR rules requiring teams run a trunk lid and White’s nowhere to be found shredded, crew chief Larry Jackson asked Gary Klutt if they could use his as Klutt was parked on pit road due to rear-end issues.
With the help of his fellow competitor and some hard work on pit road by the team, they were able to fix the damage enough for White to continue. He was then able to drive his way back up to 10th by the checkered flag.
“The CBRT Team did a great job getting me back out there, keeping me on the lead lap, fixing the car,” he continued. “Like I said, we’ve stepped up our game and that’s a different level of competition. So you go in with a different mindset and just as a racecar driver, you want to be around those cars.”
The feeling of running up front and being successful right now is the perfect cherry on top for White, as he reaches a milestone in his career. He will be making his 100th career series start when they pull into Wyatt Group Raceway in Saskatoon.
“That’s our third top-10 in four races, so that’s pretty good to start the season off,” he said. “Too bad we had another bone head maneuver that I made in Chaudiere. But we’ll look forward here, and do our best in Saskatoon; hopefully we can get up and stay close and maybe win that one, or podium at least.
“Then pack up, re-load and do some Gander Outdoor Truck Series racing.”
White is no stranger to racing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, having competed a pair of races last season. He will once again return to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, with the possibility for two or three more events.
There is a chance that one of those races added to White’s schedule could be on a restrictor plate track, following a 16th-place finish in the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway this past February.
“I think that helped starting the season off there and having some seat time at Phoenix in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series,” he commented. “I think that’s really helped my driving and I really think it’s broaden my own horizons a little bit to show what is in the tank that we hadn’t brought out before. Definitely makes you a better driver. Just being in a racecar more and more is good as it helps everything.”
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