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John White's Houston Hustler Mustang II Funny Car.

White to Oppose Talented LIR Field

John White has touched all the bases in his professional racing career.  Starting as a 16-year old novice in 1966, White has become one of the nation's top drivers.

But he'll have his hands full next weekend when Lakeland International Raceway entertains its third Summer Nationals.

Along with the White's Houston Hustler, the Funny Car field will also include Norm Day, driving Don Garlits' entry; Dave Condit in the L.A. Hooker; the Perry Holt-Wayne McHaffey special; the Push-Motes entry piloted by Little Rock's Ray Motes and nationally known "T.V.' Tommy Ivo.

LIR officials have also arranged a best-of-three series between two wheelstanders, Bob Perry's 'Hell on Wheels' and Bill 'Maverick' Golden's 'Little Red Wagon'

"We're looking for this to be our biggest race thus far this year," said Lakeland official Bill Taylor.

White spent two years driving sprint cars and super modifieds before returning to drag racing in 1970.  Switching from a Mustang 426 to a Dodge, White finally hit the big-time when he purchased the L.A. Hooker Mustang.

He ran the car for two years, all the while moving his pace until he clocked :06.51 in 1975.  The season ended, however, when the car burned after an accident.  White then purchased a 1976 Mustang II and got back on the winning track.

White has run in all three drag racing associations placing seventh in the American Hot Rod Association and fourth in the National Hot Rod Association in 1976.  He has been a regular feature in most of the nation's drag racing magazines.

White, 27, will pilot a 1977 Mustang II at Lakeland.  One of his big wins this year came in the Cajun Nationals at Baton Rouge, La.

It was a headsup race all the way with White winning three straight times.  His time speed was 223 mph at an elapsed time of :06.20.

Ivo, a regular at LIR, recently clocked :06.00, while Day is considered one of the nation's top drivers.

Saturday's program opens at noon with time trials going until 7:30 p.m.  Eliminations start at 8 Saturday night and at 1 p.m. Sunday.

LIR will offer an $800 cash prize in super competition eliminations and stock-super stock eliminations.



The preceding article is Copyright The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN.  
Thanks to David Rubenstein for supplying this article.


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