Small to launch from 18th in Silverado 350 NCTS race at Texas Motor Speedway. ROANOKE, TX Jason Small will start the Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet from the 18th position in Friday's Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor ...
Small to launch from 18th in Silverado 350 NCTS race at Texas Motor Speedway.
ROANOKE, TX Jason Small will start the Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet from the 18th position in Friday's Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. He turned a lap of 31.381 second/172.331 miles per hour in time trials.
"The truck has been loose all day," Small said. "We have been incredibly good on 30 to 40 lap tires. We are not quite as good on stickers. We didn't have a chance to get a real good mock qualifying run on stickers so it was a shot in the dark when we went out to qualify.
"We had a pretty decent first lap, but I felt I could squeeze a little more out of it on the second lap," Small continued. "We went down into turn one and the thing just jumped sideways on me. Instead of risking anything, we just got out of the gas and slowed it down. We have a good race truck here and a good chance to grab another top-10 finish, and I wasn't going to throw that away in qualifying."
In final practice for the Silverado 350, Small had the Sunbelt Rentals Chevy running even faster than it did in qualifying.
"Again, that goes back to the tires. We were on scuffs for happy hour, and we picked up a tenth and a half or so. We are really good on used tires, and very consistent. If we can stay out of trouble and get to the end, we have a shot at a really good finish. I would like to get back up in the top-10 to give these guys a little pickup. They have worked so hard all season and we have had some rookie problems that have kept us from getting that good finish. I think we can get the job done here. They have given me a really good truck, so we'll see what happens when the green flag drops tomorrow."
The Silverado 350 will get the green flag shortly after 9 pm ET and can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide. The race will be telecast on ESPN 2 on a tape-delayed basis starting at 11:30 pm ET.