FIRST TOP-10 FOR JOE DENETTE MOTORSPORTS AT PHOENIX
Topics: Jason White, Lucas Oil 150
Joe Denette Motorsports
February 25, 2011
Avondale, AZ (2-25-2011) – Jason White and his No. 23 GunBroker.com team used a combination of pit strategy and a never give up attitude to score the rookie team’s first top-10 of the 2011 season at Phoenix International Raceway in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150.
The solid run was a first for White at the 1-mile oval. In three starts at PIR, the Richmond, VA native had two DNF’s due to engine failure and his best finish was 20th.
The result moved the No. 23 GunBroker.com Chevrolet up 11 spots to 19th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner point standings; just three markers outside the top-15.
White started the 150 lap event from the ninth row after posting the 17th fastest lap in Friday afternoon’s time trials. Once the race got underway, White had worked his way up to the 14th position by lap 38, although he was battling a loose GunBroker.com machine. A welcoming opportunity for relief didn’t come until lap 43 when the evening’s first caution flag waved for debris.
Crew chief, Chad Kendrick brought the No. 23 Chevrolet down pit road for two right side tires, fuel, and a trackbar adjustment. However, an issue with getting fuel in the Silverado forced White back down pit road just one lap later for two cans of Sunoco fuel and left side tires. When racing resumed on lap 48, the GunBroker.com machine was scored 20th.
A caution just 11 laps later for a spin off Turn 2 allowed White to bring his No. 23 Chevrolet down pit road to top off with fuel. The quick stop by the JDM pit crew allowed the GunBroker.com machine to restart 19th when the 36-truck field went back to green on lap 62.
White became unhappy with his truck while running in the middle of the pack, complaining it was, “tight in traffic.” By lap 70 the gold and black Chevrolet went one lap down to race leader, Kyle Busch. It wasn’t until lap 102 that the evening’s third caution flag waved for an accident in Turn 3. Kendrick decided to leave the No. 23 machine out on the racing surface to take the “wave around,” putting White back on the lead lap in the 17th position when racing resumed on lap 106.
Another quick caution was exactly what the GunBroker.com team needed to be within their pit window. A two car accident in Turn 4 brought out the yellow flag on lap 108 and White brought his No. 23 GunBroker.com Chevrolet down pit road for the final stop of the 150-lap event on lap 109 for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment. White would restart 17th when the field went back to green on lap 111.
Four cautions in the remaining 39 laps allowed White to fight his way into the 10th position, which is where he crossed the start/finish line on lap 150 behind race winner, Kyle Busch.
“What a great finish for Joe Denette Motorsports and GunBroker.com,” said White. “This is not my best track, and to come out here and recover from being a lap down and bring home JDM’s first top-10 of the season was great. My crew didn’t give up after having issues early on and with a little pit strategy and some luck we were able to bring home a solid finish. There are many more where this came from.”
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take a weekend off before heading to Darlington, SC on March 12 for the “Too Tough To Tame 200” at Darlington Raceway. Jason White has just two starts at the 1.366-mile oval.
The Too Tough To Tame 200 from Darlington Raceway will air live on SPEED at 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 12. The 147-lap event will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network at 4:40 p.m. ET.
For more information on Joe Denette Motorsports please visit: www.JoeDenetteMotorsports.com
For more information on Jason White and GunBroker.com please visit: www.GunBrokerRacing.com
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