Turning the track with a top time of 1:25.25 Sun Peaks local Racin’ Jason White secured his first top 10 finish of the season at NASCAR Pinty’s Series opener May 19 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont.
“We were racing with the best of the best, and I’ve never really had a car on a road course that can be that competitive. It was really good for my confidence because I knew I had the wheels and the tires underneath me to go there,” said White.
This season White has joined a new team called Canada’s Best Racing Team; it includes crew chief and longtime fellow competitor Larry Jackson. The pair entered the race with a strategy of improving with every lap.
“We kept our focus of getting better every time we went out and just stayed constant.
Once we got into the race, after qualifying we were turning laps within a tenth of a second every lap, we were turning a minute twenty five point five basically every single lap. That was exactly what we set out to do, that was our benchmark.”
White and his team chose to refuel and stop for tires before the halfway mark of the race, that choice allowed him to advance into fifth for a portion of the race.
“I was really excited we ran up front all day, a lot of times we go there to those races and you know your car is not that great you just get the best position you can and then you get your best finish you can,” he said.
He acknowledged the 10th place finish and car’s performance throughout the weekend is comforting as he prepares for a busy push to 100 career races in the coming weeks.
“If you asked me five or six years ago if I was going to get to 100 races I’d say ‘no way it’s impossible,’ but now it’s upon us, and we’re knocking on the door.”
White is currently the only driver from Western Canada close to reaching the 100 race mark with the next closest years off the accomplishment.
“The next western driver is basically at 50 races, so there is four or five seasons of racing just to get to where we’re at. It’s a pretty good feeling.”
White will hit the 100 race mark mid-July in Saskatoon, Sask. and plans to complete some bucket list races following the accomplishment. Before then he’ll be back in action June 1 at Jukasa Motor Speedway.