Small scores season's second best finish at Texas with 14th place run. ROANOKE, TX Jason Small started of the season with a ninth-place finish in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona. Since then, it has been a frustrating season for the ...
Small scores season's second best finish at Texas with 14th place run.
ROANOKE, TX Jason Small started of the season with a ninth-place finish in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona. Since then, it has been a frustrating season for the driver of the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet. However, things have turned around since the midpoint of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, and that streak continued with a solid 14th-place finish in the Silverado 350 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, September 14.
"This is exactly what this team needs to do," Small said. "If we can keep getting to the end of these races and finish as many laps as we possibly can, we will get a good finish. It is all about making laps. The best thing about tonight is we didn't have any mistakes. That kills you at a place like this. We had good pit stops and we stayed out of trouble on the track, and it all led up to a top-15 finish. If we can keep that up the rest of the season, we will break back into the top-20 in points."
Small says the team effort at Texas was key to running well at the second-fastest speedway on the schedule.
"These guys just never give up," he said. "We weren't a great truck here this weekend. But they worked really hard all weekend and got us into a reasonably competitive shape. I am not at all happy running 14th. If you are happy doing that, you are just out there riding around. We want to get up there and challenge for top-10s, top-5s, and for wins. But you have the crawl before you walk in this deal, and we are just not learning how to do that. If it keeps going well, we'll be walking and learning how to run here very soon."
Small and the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet return to action in the John Boy and Billy 250 at South Boston Speedway next Saturday. The event will be televised live on ESPN, and can be heard on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.