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Derek White Makes His Debut In NASCAR Sprint Cup Race
by Kaniehtonkie - Indian Time
credits: all photos by Kaniehtonkie - Indian Time
Derek White, Mohawk from Kahnawake is the first Native American to race in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Standing behind his #33 car just moments before he enters his car to hear the famous words, "Drivers, start your engines..."

During introductions, Derek White enters the stage feeling as excited as his fans were feeling proud of him, being the first Native American to race in NASCAR.
Derek White, Mohawk from Kahnawake Territory, made history by being the first Native American to drive in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. White, who started racing in and around Kahnawake and Montreal area made his debut on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at 1:30pm. He finished 39 out of 43 drivers. With a solid background in racing having finished the 2014 Canadian Tire Series 34th out of 61 drivers, the 2014 Camping World Truck Series, 77 out of 111 drivers and started 17 NASCAR Xfinity races finishing 32 out of 89 drivers in 2014.

NHMS saw an average speed of 108 miles per hour over the 301 laps for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole race. White, who finished a decent 39 out of 43 drivers, became more comfortable and stronger in the last laps. White expressed, "Well it was one hell of a exciting weekend starting from the race on Saturday to the SUNDAY race. I'm really happy with my accomplishment for all First Nation people, maybe it will open eyes for native up and coming drivers. All in all I feel like I made a big step for Onkwehowe people. "The No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet SS is owned by Joe Falk and Mike Hillmand and sponsored by Grafoid, Braille Battery and O.C.R. Gaz Bar from White's hometown of Kahnawake.

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