NASCAR: Part-time driver Jason White still alive in World Series of Poker

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As the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas hits its fourth day, part-time NASCAR driver Jason White is still in the hunt for a hefty $10 million prize.

White, who earned 21 Top-10 results in the Camping World Truck Series from 2009-2012 and has raced in three national series events this year, is among the final 450 competitors in the WSOP.

There were 6,683 of them when the tournament began. The WSOP is scheduled to run through Monday.

White’s exploits in Vegas are also earning the attention of one of the top poker players in the world. Phil Hellmuth, who won the WSOP main event in 1989 and has earned 13 WSOP championship “bracelets” in his career, has been impressed:

In a recent interview with PokerListings.com, White said that poker and racing have a fair bit in common.

“Obviously, it’s a lot of luck and a lot of skill,” he said to the site. “You have to be in the right place at the right time. It’s a lot like racing that way.

“In Daytona, if you’re aren’t in the right place at the right time then you get in a wreck. Just like racing, you just want to beat everyone else in poker.”

White also said that poker is a favorite pastime for many of his peers in the garage, and he’s hopeful to make a good impression on their behalf.

“A lot of NASCAR drivers love to play poker – we just don’t get to do it too much,” he said. “It would be great to make a run in the Main Event.”

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)