Phoenix: Jason Small race summary

Engine woes sideline Small for second consecutive week at Silverado 150 at PIR. Avondale, AZ Jason Small finished 29th in the Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Phoenix International Raceway after engine problems sent the Small...

Engine woes sideline Small for second consecutive week at Silverado 150 at PIR.

Avondale, AZ Jason Small finished 29th in the Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Phoenix International Raceway after engine problems sent the Small Motorsports Chevy behind the wall for 28 laps for repairs. A fitting came loose on the oil pump, which caused an extensive fire that left the rear of the truck charred and covered in oil.

"That is the fourth time this year that we have been on fire," Small said. "I don't think I have been on fire four times in my entire career leading up to this. It is just so hard to try to stay positive, because every time it looks like we have this thing turned around, we have a day like this where the strangest thing happens and it knocks us out of contention.

"All we can do is keep trying," Small continued. "I am not going to give up on it. We still have a chance to make the top-20 in points and make a little money at the banquet next week. That is very important to us. We have set that as a goal, and we have worked hard to achieve it. It seems whenever we get close, there is a speed bump there to slow us down. We need to go to Homestead and run a good race, run to the checkered flag, and stay out of trouble and I think we can get one, if not two, spots in the points."

The 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series comes to a conclusion next Friday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with the running of the Ford 200. The race will be shown on ESPN starting at 3:30 pm ET, and can be heard live on NASCAR Radio on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide starting at 3:00 pm ET.

-glr-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Small