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Illiana Speedway: Veteran Mike White holds off youngster for late-model win

Updated: June 20, 2013 4:57PM



SCHERERVILLE — Mike White got some help from lapped cars.

When it came time, however, to finally step up in Saturday night’s 30-lap late-model feature at Illiana Speedway, the veteran helped himself.

With youngster Paul Shafer Jr. breathing down his neck, White was able to get underneath race-long leader John Nutley as they roared down the backstretch on lap 22.

By the time they reached the starter’s stand the pass was complete. Shafer made it interesting over the final six laps, but White eventually prevailed by three car-lengths in the Ray Wroblewski-owned No. 14.

White showed some early signs that he would be a contender, even as Nutley outran front row partner Anthony Danta at the drop of the green. By lap two, White was using the high side to blow past Danta and start the chase.

Not long after, Shafer, who won Friday night’s late-model feature at Grundy County Speedway, positioned himself behind White, and the duo began to slowly reel in the leader.

Lapped cars on a pair of occasions allowed White to gouge away at Nutley’s advantage. Finally, they were on Nutley’s back bumper when push came to shove.

“He caught them (lapped cars) at the wrong time and it worked to my advantage,” White said. “Then on lap 15 the tires finally came in. I was keeping an eye on (Shafer) a little bit, and I was a little worried about making a mistake because we were running that hard.

“Luckily, there was no more pressure on me where I could pick and choose where to work on John. John raced me clean. Everybody raced clean tonight. It was very good. I wish every night it could be that way.”

Shafer challenged White until about two laps remained, when White created a gap.

“I was trying, but I just couldn’t get him at the end,” Shafer said. “It got a little bit loose, a little bit tight. (White) was able to pull away. He had the better car.”

Chris King claimed the Legends feature with a lap 15 pass of regular late-model competitor Jeff Cannon. King came from the fourth row, and methodically picked his way through the pack while Randy Harris spent many of the early laps in front.

Cannon, outside of Harris for a lap 14 restart, got a good jump and made the pass. One lap later, though, King came calling and made the pass on the back straightaway.

“Things just worked out,” King said. “Traffic worked out, and we were able to get by. Hey, anytime I can beat Jeff Cannon ... that’s a good thing.”

Cannon dropped back over the final few laps, while Harris held on to finish second. Third went to Paul Shafer Sr., ahead of Garrett Harris and Jacob Melvin.

Fast qualifier Ryan Moore made his speed stand up in the turbo stox feature, passing Pat Ligue on lap 13 of the 25-lap event. John Senerchia and Jacob McKown completed the top three. Four competitors would eventually be black-flagged for rough driving.

Mike Wojcik held off a stern last-lap challenge from Alex Treptow to win the pure stocks feature.



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