posted Aug 13, 2012, 8:49 PM by John Mandabach
Paul White is not new to racing.

In fact, the NASCAR Fiesta Modified driver from Eddy, Texas, has been racing for 35 years.

But this season, White is racing the No. 5 Tri-Lectric/Big Mommaz Smokerz/Craftmasters Powder Coating NASCAR Fiesta Modified for WD Racing and owner Raymond Delahoussaye and after a slow start to the season, the veteran is starting to come on.

White, who just a few races ago was within inches of claiming the Bounty Bonus on Modified points leader Joe Aramendia, has climbed to third in the points with six races to go in the season.

Everything has been good racing with Raymond,” White said. “He makes sure he always brings a good car to the track.”

And with that kind of equipment, the first win of the season for White could be on Whelen NASCAR Night on Saturday, Aug. 18.

As a team we are there,” White said. “As a driver, I am getting there, but have a little trouble adjusting to the lack of respect on the race track.

Despite the learning curve for the 49-year old, he sits within striking range of second place, just 45 points back of Brad Queen. And with a little luck on the upcoming double feature nights, White could eat away at the 131-point lead that Aramendia holds on him.

You never know about the points,” White said. “I will always approach each race day with confidence.”

White learned that at an early age, racing for the first time at age 14 in the Limited Sprint class in Killeen.

Since then, he has won a pair of NASCAR Winston Racing Series championships in 1989 and 1995, as well as a USAC Silver Crown championship in 2001.

This season he is in chase of the fourth championship of his long career, but he doesn't plan on it being his last behind the wheel either.

I feel that I have several years left as a driver,” said White, who credits his parents as his biggest supporters. “I always will be involved in racing in one way or another.”