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White Perseveres To Return To Track Champion Circle

BY STEVE HEATON

LAFARGEVILLE - It took six races into the 2020 Can Am Speedway's Pro Stock Division season for Mike White, who resides in Winthrop, to finally get his Dick Stone Motorsports car into competitive mode with the likes of track favorites Burton Ward, Shawn Kirby, Sid Harmer Jr., Tyler Doxator and Tyler Bushey. On July 31st, White finished second to Harmer Jr. in a nine car field with four fourth place finishes prior and a seventh place effort on opening night June 5 in a 21 car event. "Our slow start was just the car. It took us a few weeks to get it going but we got her going," said White who started his racing career in 1987 in his backyard at LaFargeville. The following week. White took third out of 11 cars entered to Harmer Jr. and Heuvelton's Tyler Bushey - a driver in his second year in Pro Stocks. Then White found the checkered flag in a highly competitive 10 car feature over Ward and Bushey on August 14th. "Everything seemed to go into place that night," White noted. It was a tough following week placing 11th on August 14th but White dusted his hands off - put the past behind and raced to his second win of the season August 21st in a 10 car field beating Kevin Fetterly Jr. and Doxator setting up a huge final week of the points race. "After the first win, we had some issues with the car. I think we put the wrong gear in after the win. Everything kind of went wrong but we got the car back into where it needed to be," added White. In the final race of points, White was looking to finish first with a top four effort. But Bushey, earned his first of two back to back wins on the season in the final but White's second place effort gave him the points title 480-462 to runner up Bushey in a weird Covid-19 pandemic year which the track survived with no fans other than racers and pit crew attendees. "This is a competitive track. They are a lot of fast cars every night. Overall, we were pretty consistent here and that and luck helps," White who raced in his early days with Roger Bushey, Tyler Bushey's dad. "So now I racing with his son which is unique," White concluded. During the last two races, Justin White was in the drivers seat placing fourth and third respectively. "We had a terrible season last year. It was one thing after another. It was finally good to get another track title here. It has been 10 years since I won my last championship. It was good to get it. I finished second, third or fourth every year. This season couldn't not have been the success it was without the support of my family and crew (Justin White, Conner White, Pam Yandoh Bressett, Preston Mossaw, and Johnny Yandoh), and sponsors including Dow Mechanical, Whites Heating and Plumbing, G&G Performance, Kenny's House of Speed, Burnelle Auto Body, and Rick.s Auto Sales.

Mike White has enjoyed great family support racing his way back to Can-Am Track Champion. (Steve Heaton Photos)



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