Jason White will be looking to turn his 2013 form around as the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300.
White suffered a parts failure at last week’s Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and is looking for redemption on the high banks and close quarters of Bristol for the #00 Toyota Camry.
Despite White’s best finish in three Nationwide races at Bristol being 32nd, he claims Bristol is his favourite circuit, having also raced there six times in the Camping World Truck Series, achieving four top-20s and two top-15s (14th in 2009 and 2012).
“Bristol is my favourite track.” said White. “We go to a lot of cool venues, but there’s only one Bristol. There’s nothing quite like the high banks, the roar of the crowd, the rumble of the engines. It’s just electrifying at Bristol. It’s easy to understand why the fans love it so much.”
White’s crew chief, Newt Moore, also knows his way around Thunder Valley, having led Kenny Wallace to pole position in the 1997 August Sprint Cup race, and calling Greg Biffle’s 2005 second-place finish at the August Nationwide Series race.
“At Bristol, there’s no time to be patient.” continued White. “The leaders are already at the tail-end of the field when green flag drops, so you can’t hang back and wait to make your next move. At the same time, there are wrecks waiting to happen around every turn and there’s barely enough room to make passes, so you’ve got to be careful and not do anything to take you out of the race. It’s a tough balance, but that’s what makes it such a fun track to race at.”
Also at Bristol, White’s SR2 Team-mate, Blake Koch, will have a new primary sponsor on his #24 Toyota Camry in the form of VeteransLodge.com, an organisation supporting war veterans.
Koch has three starts at Bristol in his Nationwide Series career, with his best finish being 23rd in 2011.