Small to make NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at Michigan; finds misfortune in O'Reilly Auto Parts 400. Fort Worth, TX: Jason Small and the Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet found frustration as big as the state of Texas in Friday's running of ...
Small to make NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at Michigan; finds misfortune in O'Reilly Auto Parts 400.
Fort Worth, TX: Jason Small and the Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet found frustration as big as the state of Texas in Friday's running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400. Small had charged from his 21st starting position to challenge for a top-10 position before engine failure sidelined him within sight of the checkered flag. Small was 25th in the final rundown.
While maintaining total focus on the job at hand at Texas Motor Speedway, Small announced this weekend that he will make his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at Michigan International Speedway with the #59 Price Motorsports Dodge team.
"I am so excited to be going to Michigan next week," Small said. "They were looking for a young rookie to get in and I am honored they considered me. I was even more honored when they said I got the ride.
"They have some cars from Ganassi and their engines come from Ernie Elliott. That is good equipment. I am looking forward to get up there and see what we can do.
"I don't have any experience at all at Michigan, but everyone tells me it is similar to California Speedway. We had some pretty good success there with the Winston West car. In 1999, I raced with Johnny Benson and Kenny Schrader for a long time and learned a bunch just following them. I know the two tracks don't necessarily race them same, but I think I should get comfortable pretty quickly there."
Small was deeply disappointed a strong run at Texas went up in a puff of smoke and oil.
"We were midway down the backstretch and we lost a cylinder," he said. "It rattled around and took a few more cylinders with it. I was down to about four cylinders by the time I got to pit road.
"It is such a shame because we had a great truck here this weekend. We knew going with a downforce truck here would not be good for qualifying, but we knew it would be good in the race. And we were right. That truck was stout. We were running for a top-10 spot and were turning times that were what some of the guys in the top-5 were running.
"I am very proud of my guys and the effort we put together here this weekend. They knew we were here and we had a problem with something what was out of our control."