Indianapolis (IRP): Jason Small race summary

Small suffers frustration at IRP. Clermont, IN: Jason Small finished 25th in the Power Stroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park after a brush with the wall sent him to the pits for time-consuming repairs. While...

Small suffers frustration at IRP.

Clermont, IN: Jason Small finished 25th in the Power Stroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park after a brush with the wall sent him to the pits for time-consuming repairs. While the team was able to rectify the damage in short order, the 12 laps lost cost the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products team a chance at a top-10 finish.

"Another race lost to bad luck," Small said after the race. "It is a real shame too because I think we had a good chance to run up into the top-10. The way it played out, if we could have stayed on the lead lap, then missed that big crash on the last lap, we undoubtedly would have had a top-10 finish."

Small ran very competitive times in the afternoon's practice session, settling into the top-10 on the sheet midway through the 2-hour test. With adjustments to the setup to compensate for the changing track conditions between practice in the heat of the day and racing in the cool of the night, Small qualified 23rd. He had gained several positions before hard luck struck once again.

"It is a real shame. I went down into turn one and the truck just wiggled its way up into the wall. I don't know what it was, whether it was something on the track or a tire going soft, or what. But, it bent up enough stuff under there that we had to pit and get it fixed. After that, it was just a matter of staying out of the way and keeping our nose clean. We did that and we gained some positions by doing that.

"We would really like to break back into the top-20 in points, and nights like this when the guys don't give up really make me think we will get it done."

"It's no question we have had some problems, but the good thing is we are getting to the checkered flag now. Sooner or later, these problems will go away and we will make it to the end and finish where we belong."

The NCTS returns to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the second running of the Federated Auto Parts 200 on the 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval. Qualifying takes place on Friday, August 9, with the race taking the green flag the following night at 9 pm ET. The event will be televised live on ESPN and heard on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Small