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Canadian racer Derek White to become first Native American to make Sprint Cup start

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver xxxxx poses for a portrait at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Sean Gardner

Veteran Canadian drag racer turned NASCAR driver Derek White will become the first Native American to start a Sprint Cup race in Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

A member of the Mohawk tribe from Kahnawake, Quebec (near Montreal), White will be behind the wheel of the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet SS when the green flag falls shortly after 1:30 pm ET.

While this will be his Cup debut, the 44-year-old White is no stranger to NASCAR. He’s made 16 Xfinity Series starts, including eight thus far this season, along with six Camping World Truck Series starts, as well.

“I have always wanted to associate with the best, and I know that Circle Sport team principals Joe Falk and Mike Hillman have exactly what I am looking for at this stage in Sprint Cup – great equipment and team personnel and the right experience and attitude to help me make the most of this opportunity,” White said in a media release. “I love to compete against the best, and racing in the Sprint Cup Series has been a goal of mine right from the start of my racing career.”

White, 2010 Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, will double-up this weekend, as he’ll also compete in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire, as well, for White Motorsports.

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