DELMAR, Del. — No previous experience needed.
For AC Delco PSC Modified rookie Adam White, that statement has rung true during his first campaign in the Crate 602 Sportsman division at Delaware International Speedway, located in Delmar, Delaware.
White, a 21-year-old native of Laurel, Delaware, has recorded three top five finishes in eight starts this season, sitting fifth in the championship standings for the No. 15 Lewis Farms modified team.
But, adding to his impressive rookie stat sheet, this is also White’s first season in competitive racing across all forms.
Before the season opener in April, his motorsports experience had been at Baja Amusements, a go-kart amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland.
“I have been going to the races since I was a little kid,” White explained. “I started out in the dirt playing with Matchbox cars. Then, my dad started racing Mod-Lites when I was 10-years-old [or so]. He got into the AC Delco division, raced in it for three seasons [at Delaware]. His first season, he finished third in points. The next two he won a championship back-to-back.”
“So, at that point, I knew the AC Delco class was the ideal place to start in for me. I had never drove anything in my life, besides go-karts at the beach. It was just something I had always wanted to do. So, the opportunity came, and I hopped out there and started doing it.”
Like aforementioned, White’s father Michael — a current competitor in the NAPA Big Block Modifieds at Delaware and a two-time AC Delco Modified champion — has been a large inspiration and the ultimate factor that ignited the fire for his passion in racing.
Along with Michael being his son’s role model, he also has helped his son understand the racecars and take a quicker learning curve during his rookie season; two important bonuses for a developing competitor.
“Him being a multi-champion in the AC Delcos, he knows how to set the car up,” the younger White expressed. “He has been in the modifieds for several season now — he now races in the NAPA Big Block Modified division at Delaware. He knows anything and everything about a modified. Knowing that I had him for assistance, was huge help right from the start. I know that week-in and week-out, the car is going to be good.”
With the support from his father, the confidence level has been high for the hotshoe since the season opener — however, despite the helping hand from his father, he could not have predicted such a strong start to his rookie season.
In fact, because of that, he has raised the bar going into the summer months.
“Our goal was to go out, finish top 10 in points and earn Rookie of The Year honors,” White said. “Right now, I am standing fifth in points, beyond what I ever imagined. It blows me away. So, I have stepped up the goal and now want to finish top five in points.”
Although he has well succeeded his expectations, White still wants more, including chasing his first-career win. Right now, his best finish is third, which came last month at Delaware.
“Hopefully we can get a good starting spot in the upcoming weeks,” White said. “With Delmar, being top five in points, we do not get the best starting spot each week. And I have not exactly been doing too well in the heat races. So, if I can get a good starting spot, hopefully I will be able to pick up that first win.
“A couple weeks ago, I finished third. I was fighting for the lead, but I got a little impatient — which was probably the rookie in me. I was mad at myself, but I was not too hard on myself because I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.”
But, win or lose, White is still able to walk with a little swagger in his step as he continues living his lifelong dream — a racing dream.
“I always had a feeling I would catch on pretty quickly,” White explained. “It just gets my blood pumping each time I go onto the track. I knew I was going to be able to do it and it is what I have wanted to do. This is my dream, to be racing — and I am doing it. Right now, I am living my dream.”
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Marshall Gabell is the Mid-Atlantic Correspondent for Race Chaser Online, and was also formerly the public relations director for NASCAR Next member Austin Hill. Gabell is currently attending Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City, Maryland, completing his sophomore year. He is just 15 years old.
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