Small to take green from 24th in Federated 200. Lebanon, TN Jason Small qualified the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet 24th for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Small, who had practice inside the top-10...
Small to take green from 24th in Federated 200.
Lebanon, TN Jason Small qualified the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet 24th for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Small, who had practice inside the top-10 all afternoon, was disappointed with the qualifying run, but places importance on a good finish rather than a good start.
"We would have liked to have backed up our practice times and started in the top-10," Small said. "But what really matters is the race. We need to go out and have a good solid run and finish well."
Small had intended to run the same truck at Nashville that he ran last week at IRP. However, a run-in on the track and a brush with the wall prevented the team from bringing that truck. Instead, Small is in one of teammate Bobby Dotter's trucks.
"We just had a little tap from the back, and it was at just the wrong place on the track. It just washed up on me and into the fence. There was nothing I could do about it. We thought we could get it turned around and get it back here, but we looked at it and it was a little more bent up than we thought it was."
In the final practice session, Small turned laps that were more consistent with his practice times from the early session. His best lap in Happy Hour was 31.771 seconds/151.043 miles per hour, which was 0.735 seconds off Ted Musgrave's fastest lap in the session.
"I think we would like to be a little quicker, but we are in the neighborhood. If we can keep out of whatever trouble is out there and have a good finish, we will leave here happy. We need to start replacing some of those bad finishes we had early in the season with some good ones to close up the rookie of the year points. I don't think we can catch Brendan, but it should would be nice to get back to second and close up the points before the end of the year."
The Federated Auto Parts 200 from Nashville Superspeedway will get the green flag just after 9:00 pm ET, and will be televised live on ESPN. The race can be heard on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.