A season-best for Harli White on Saturday at Gator Motorplex during the 5 th annual Nolan Wren Memorial with the ASCS Gulf South Region. The winged sprint car racer opened the event by advancing from third to second place in a heat race, which earned enough points to lock into the feature redraw.
“I got lucky and drew the No. 1 to start on the pole of the main,” she said. “The track was rubbered up before we went on the track. I knew we had to get the jump because whoever got out front first was going to win the show. Seth Bergman got the jump, but we stayed right there with him. In traffic it was going our way for a bit, but every time we’d get an opportunity the caution would come out.”
White maintained the runner-up position throughout the race to score her fourth top five of the season and third top-five finish in the last four races.
Her racing weekend began on Friday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, for the 2nd annual Gene Adamchik Memorial. There, she was able to finish where she started – fourth – in a heat race to line up on the inside of the sixth row for the main event.
“We had some ups and downs,” she said. “I got ran over on the start. Everyone was trying to win it before they get into the first turn. We got collected in that and it bent the Jacobs Ladder. The car was biking real hard after that. I just hung on and finished.”
White battled for a top 10 throughout the main event before ending 11 th.
“We hung on to finish, which is a good thing after the way our season started,” she said. “Now that I’m racing full time for a living it’s important to finish every race.”
Harli is scheduled to make her debut at three tracks this weekend when she returns to Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition on Thursday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., before tackling ASCS Red River Region races on Friday at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., and Saturday at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo.