By AMANDA VINCENT
Derek White is slated to drive the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet in Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. It will mark White’s Sprint Cup debut.
When White takes the green flag on Sunday, he’ll become only the second Native American driver to compete at NASCAR’s top level, following in the footsteps of Roy Tyner, who made 311 Cup starts between in 1959 and 1970. White, though, will be the first Canadian Native American to compete at the Sprint Cup level.
“I have always wanted to associate with the best, and I know that Circle Sport team principals Joe Falk and Mike Hillman have exactly what I am looking for at this stage in Sprint Cup — great equipment and team personnel and the right experience and attitude to help me make the most of this opportunity,” White said. “This is an incredible deal made possible by our partners — Grafoid, Braille Battery and O.C.R. Gaz Bar — in my hometown. I love to compete against the best, and racing in the Sprint Cup Series has been a goal of mine right from the start of my racing career.”
After a 30-plus-year career in drag racing, White made the move to stock cars in 2009. He was the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.
White will be be pulling double duty during the New Hampshire weekend, as he will also compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the track, driving a car he owns.
White has competed in eight of the 16 races, so far, in the Xfinity Series. In all, he has a total of 16-career starts in that series. He also has six starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last two of those coming last year.
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