Fontana: Jason Small Thursday notes

Small times in 21st in fright-free Halloween NCTS practice in California. Fontana, CA Jason Small had a trouble-free two-hour practice session in preparation for this weekend's American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway.  The event is...

Small times in 21st in fright-free Halloween NCTS practice in California.

Fontana, CA Jason Small had a trouble-free two-hour practice session in preparation for this weekend's American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway.  The event is the 20th of 22 races on the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series calendar. 

Small turned a fast lap of 42.974 seconds/167.543 miles per hour in the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet, good for 21st on the time sheet.  Small's lap was just 0.02 seconds off the pace of his teammate, Bobby Dotter, and 1.627 seconds off the pace set by Jason Leffler. 

"The truck is very comfortable," Small said.  "We are just looking for a little more speed.  It is the same truck we ran at Las Vegas, and it should race very well.  We aren't worried about that.  But it would be good to get up into the top ten or fifteen in qualifying.

"If we can stay close at the start, we should be able to latch on to some of the faster guys up front.  The draft isn't as important here at California as it is in Daytona, but it is still going to play a big role.  We don't want to get shuffled out at the start."

Small is still riding the momentum of a strong weekend in Las Vegas.  He finished the Las Vegas 350 in the tenth position, his second top-10 run of 2002.  The previous night, he finished fourth in a 150-mile NASCAR Winston West Series event.

"The guys are all pumped up," he continued.  "We would like to keep things going and salvage the season with a couple more top-10s.  We know we can get up there in all three of the races left on the schedule.  If we can catch a break or two, we should be able to get those finishes we are looking for."

Small will be the 16th driver on the track to make a qualifying attempt for the American Racing Wheels 200 on Friday, November 1.  The first truck is scheduled to take the green at 2:45 pm ET/11:45 am PT.  The race is scheduled to start at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT on Saturday, October 2, and can be heard live on NASCAR Radio on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.  ESPN 2 will telecast the race on Sunday, November 2 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Bobby Dotter , Jason Small