Racin’ Jason wins in Wenatchee, finishes 15th in Toronto
Jason White climbed into an unfamiliar style of racecar and by the end of the race weekend he was standing in the winner’s circle.
White, a Sun Peaks local, along with his brother, father and uncle, went to the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in Washington to compete in the open-wheel supermodified race as part of the Thunder in the Valley weekend on July 23 and 24.
“It was so great. The family atmosphere, it really brought me back to my racing roots. Seeing people we haven’t seen in up to 30 years and we all just picked up where we left off,” White said. “I honestly haven’t had that much fun at the racetrack in probably 10 years.”
White climbed into the 900-horsepower, 1,500-pound car for the first time during the Friday night practice round. A big change from what he’s accustomed to racing professionally on the NASCAR Canada series for over 10 years, White said he used the help of his uncle, Ken, to build up his speed throughout the weekend and win the feature race.
“I think I might be a little bit hooked,” White said following his victory. “It’s definitely something I didn’t expect but I’ll take it and there’s a couple of nice trophies on my mantle now.”
Earlier in the month, White overcame an early collision with a tire barrier to rise five spots from his starting position for a 15th place finish at the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Grand Prix Toronto on July 16.
“We finally finished a race, which was good for us. As you know our last couple (races) we’ve had some mechanical problems. Finally we got a good car underneath us and we ended up finishing the race in 15th,” White said.
White’s No. 21 car slid into the tire barrier which caused a full course caution and he said it required two or three pit stops to remedy the issue.
“The No. 46 car, Brett Taylor from Calgary, he dropped some oil on the track in turn eight and I hit the oil and backed the tail end of the car into the fence really lightly, but it was enough to kind of rip off my back bumper,” White said.
White said he will compete in the final NASCAR Pinty’s Series race of the season at the Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont. on Sept. 17 and is working to confirm another race, perhaps in another supermodified racecar.