Small and Sunbelt Rentals Team fight adversity at Dover. Dover, DE: Jason Small and the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Chevrolet team fought an uphill fight during the MBNA America 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 31. Small, whose...
Small and Sunbelt Rentals Team fight adversity at Dover.
Dover, DE: Jason Small and the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Chevrolet team fought an uphill fight during the MBNA America 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 31. Small, whose primary Sunbelt Rentals Chevy was demolished in a hard crash in the final practice session prior to the race, started the event from the rear of the 36-truck field and managed to stay out of trouble and log a 21st-place finish.
"The crash in practice really changed our goals this weekend," Small said. "We went from racing for the top-10 to merely racing for survival. We managed to stay out of trouble, and that is good. It would have been a real shame if we had to load up two wrecked trucks before we head to Texas."
Small said while the crash in practice and his resultant 21st-place finish were a disappointment, there was a huge ray of light that gives him a sense of encouragement for the remainder of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
"There is always a silver lining," Small said. "I am sore and beat up. I feel like I went twelve rounds with Mike Tyson. And we trashed a pretty good truck. But, the team never gave up the entire weekend. They went to work as soon as we had our incident in practice and never quit until the checkered flag waved. All of the guys from the 07 team and a lot of the guys from the 08 team (Green Light Racing teammate Bobby Dotter) worked very hard to get the backup truck ready. They were getting the decals on it just before we pushed it through inspection. I am very encouraged for the rest of the season. It is good to see them have that never give-up attitude.
"It is a real shame we couldn't get out there and really race hard, because we lost some ground in the rookie of the year battle. But, we will have our good days too. We will chalk this weekend up to a rookie learning experience and hope the lessons learned will pay off down the road."
Small and the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Chevrolet team will put those lessons to the ultimate test when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series takes to the ultra-fast Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly 400 on Friday, June 7. The green flag is scheduled to fly at 9 PM EDT, and can be seen live on ESPN and heard on MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.