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.”

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: