PETERSEN MEDIA- With the Midwest still feeling the effects of Winter, Harli White and her team opted to kick their season off this past weekend during the Copper on Dirt in Tucson, AZ.
“We had some bugs to work out, and that showed, but we think we got things sorted out, and we are already looking forward to this coming weekend,” White said.
Taking on the USAC/CRA with his 360 engine, as well as the ASCS Southwest Region, White had her fair share of opening weekend issues.
Friday night in the non-wing division, White qualifier her underpowered machine in 11th fastest before finishing fourth in her heat race. Moving into the feature event, White was scheduled to line up on the pole.
When she pushed off for the feature, she had some mechanical issues under her hood, and she would not compete in the race.
In the ASCS Southwest program, White lined her MVT/Jerry Tucker Roustabout/Lucas Oil machine up on the front row of her heat race, and scored a second place finish to earn a spot in the feature event.
Trying some things on her car set up wise, White would roll off in the 12th spot for the main, and would eventually lose some track position as the race went on, and finished 20th.
Saturday night saw White go out near the end of time trials in USAC/CRA action, and timing her machine in at the bottom of the speed chart put her last in her heat race. Figuring out the slick USA Raceway, White was able to fight her way forward, and pick up a fourth place finish to transfer into the night’s feature event.
Lining up at the tail end of the feature event, White took a liking to the high side of the speedway, as she used the cushion to work her way forward. Under a caution, White was unable to keep heat in her tires, and when the racing action resumed, she had her hands full. Trying to get back in her rhythm she had built in the early goings of the race, White would ultimately break a shock mount, and have to retire from the event.
After having mechanical woes with the non-wing car on Friday night, Saturday night saw the team chase their winged car as a fuel leak left them sidelined for both hot laps and White’s heat race.
Lining up at the tail end of the B Main, White would pick up a few positions, but would not earn a transfer into the feature event, bringing her weekend to a close.
“It was a hectic weekend, and frustrating at times, but we needed to shake things down to find any issues,” White said. “It was nice to race, and when we were able to race I think we did learn some things on our cars, which will help us out as we get going. I really have to thank everyone for all of their hard work.”
Harli White Racing would like to thank Mesilla Valley Transportation, Jerry Tucker Roustabout, Lucas Oil, Charlie’s Trucking, PXP Racewear, All Star Cafe, Boyd’s Racing Engines, Race Chic, Crash Enterprises, Outlaw Wings, Super Flow Testers, Simpson, Classic Seagulls UK, Eagle Motorsports, and the Shriners Hospital For Children Gavelston for their support during the 2014 season.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-6, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0.
ON TAP: White will be back in action on Saturday night at the 81 Speedway in Wichita, KS.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Harli by following her on Twitter @Harliwhiteracin or by clicking over to her website, www.harliwhiteracing.com.
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