Short day for Small leaves Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet 30th at Kansas Speedway. KANSAS CITY, KS The old adage remains true for the Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet racing team and driver Jason Small: if not for bad luck, they would have no luck at all. ...
Short day for Small leaves Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet 30th at Kansas Speedway.
KANSAS CITY, KS The old adage remains true for the Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet racing team and driver Jason Small: if not for bad luck, they would have no luck at all. In this instance, the team would prefer to have no luck than suffer through the rotten luck they have had over the course of the past four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races.
The most recent bout with Lady Luck came during qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway. A crash in qualifying left Small's primary race truck damaged beyond repair, leaving him to start the race in teammate Bobby Dotter's backup truck.
Any time you have an accident puts stress on a team and its resources. Factor in a crash at Dover, a blown engine at Texas, a crash at Memphis, and another blown engine at Milwaukee last week, and it is easy to see why Small has a look of frustration at the track.
"I am still approaching the races the same as I did at Daytona," Small said. "There is nothing different, other than the fact we have had some seriously bad luck. Forget a monkey on our back or a gorilla on our back, we have King Kong riding with us and no matter how hard, we just can't shake him."
Small has not let the streak of bad luck affect his outlook.
"It is tough, but we stay optimistic," he said. "This bad luck can't last forever. We will outlast it. The team gave me a great truck at Kansas. It was the same truck we raced into the top-10 at Texas. It was fast and no doubt would have been a good race truck here too. We will put this race behind us and move on. I just would like to see us leave that bad luck behind too."
Small and the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Chevrolet return to action July 13 at the Kentucky Speedway for the Kroger 225. The green flag will wave on the 36-truck field shortly after 8 pm ET and will be seen on ESPN and heard on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.