Bad luck leaves Small 24th at South Boston. SOUTH BOSTON, VA Jason Small has had his share of bad luck in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. A number of problems befell the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet early in the...
Bad luck leaves Small 24th at South Boston.
SOUTH BOSTON, VA Jason Small has had his share of bad luck in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. A number of problems befell the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet early in the season, leaving Small with an unenviable six consecutive "DNF's", meaning when the checkered flag flew, he was on the sidelines.
Since then, Small and his team have rebounded. Coming into South Boston, the team had completed each of the last five races dating back to the Michigan 200 in July. Small has moved back in contention for 20th in NCTS point standings as well, just 40 points from cracking back into the top-20.
The short track trouble bug bit and bit hard at South Boston, as Small was forced into the backstretch wall within the first 10 laps of the Hardee's 250 last Saturday. The contact with the concrete left the Sunbelt Rentals Chevy severely wounded, and left the driver very frustrated.
"I don't know what else I could do," Small said. "We were on the outside coming out of turn two, and the guy on the inside just never completed the turn. He just drove right into the side of me and put me in the fence. From there on out, all we could do is try to get it fixed the best we could and get back out to make some laps. We picked up a few positions after that, but no where near as many as we could have had this not happened.
"It's really a shame because we are in a points race. It's not for the series championship, but its just as important to us. We are trying to get back into the top-20, and there are some pretty good bonuses that go along with that. I know these guys are out there racing to get noticed and to get some experience. But you just hope that they know some of us are racing for points. I don't know what exactly happened, but the fact is what ever it was ruined our day."
Small and the rest of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams have a couple of weekends off before returning to action in The Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In addition to that, Small plans on participating in the NASCAR Winston West Series event on the 1.5-mile tri-oval as well.
"I can't wait to get to Vegas," he said. "We always have a shot to run really good whenever we pull the Winston West car out. I think running that race ought to help us with the Truck too. Laps on the track never hurt. Having 100 more laps than the rest of the competition can only help."
The Orleans 350 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 13 with the green flag scheduled for 5 pm ET. The race will be shown live on ESPN and can be heard live on NASCAR Radio on XM Satellite Radio and on MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.