Homestead: Jason Small race summary

Small finishes 22nd in Ford 200 at Homestead. HOMESTEAD, FL Jason Small drove the Small Motorsports/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet to a 22nd-place finish in the Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Homestead Miami Speedway. The...

Small finishes 22nd in Ford 200 at Homestead.

HOMESTEAD, FL Jason Small drove the Small Motorsports/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet to a 22nd-place finish in the Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Homestead Miami Speedway. The event was the 22nd, and final, race of the 2002 NCTS season.

"Today just symbolizes our entire season," said a frustrated Small after the checkered flag flew. "We had a decent truck, and we were able to keep out of trouble and have a relatively decent finish. But the radios went out on lap 25 and I had to drive most of the race with no spotter and no way to communicate with the crew. It's just typical of our luck this season."

After 21 races and 3603 laps of racing, the difference between finishing inside the top-20 in the final NCTS points and finishing outside the top-20 boiled down to just a few finishing positions in the Ford 200. Unfortunately, Small came up just three positions short in the season-long battle; he finished 7 points behind Randy MacDonald for 20th in the final rundown. MacDonald finished one position behind Small in 23rd at Homestead.

"When you think about it, 7 points is less than three positions over the course of the season," Small said. "If you finish 12th instead of 13th one week, 19th instead of 20th another, and 30th instead of 31st in another, that is nine points. When you look back on it, it seems so easy to see where you could have made that up. It's a shame we didn't crack that top-20. We worked hard to turn around the momentum, and the team really turned the corner right around midseason. We had some good runs to finish up the season, but we had a little bit of bad luck too. We were back in 22nd, and we got past Brian Rose, but it just wasn't meant to be, I guess."

Small ends the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 21st in final NCTS points. He scored two top-10 finishes, with a season (and career) best ninth coming in the season opener at Daytona. He earned one Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award (Daytona), and earned $207,830 in race winnings.

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