Sparta, KY It has been a rough stretch of races for the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Racing team and driver Jason Small. A new approach to qualifying has given the team an opportunity to make some headway where it counts, in Saturday's Kroger 225 at...
Sparta, KY It has been a rough stretch of races for the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Racing team and driver Jason Small. A new approach to qualifying has given the team an opportunity to make some headway where it counts, in Saturday's Kroger 225 at the Kentucky Speedway.
"Obviously, we didn't light the world on fire with that lap," Small said after qualifying. "But we have had to change where our focus is after the luck we have had the past few weeks. I am not the kind of guy that likes to leave anything on the table, but we definitely left a lot out there in qualifying. But our goal was to get the Sunbelt Rentals Chevy solidly in the field, and we did that."
Small qualified with a time of 33.703 seconds around the newly repaved mile and a half tri-oval. His lap translates to an average speed of 160.038 miles per hour. While 26th on the starting grid, Small improved in the final practice session, ending up 20th with a fast lap of 33.176 seconds/162.768 miles per hour.
"Our goal was to get the truck comfortable on old tires in race setup, and while we could always be a little better, we did get it pretty comfortable. We ran some pretty solid laps on 50-lap tires, and we were very consistent. We made some minor changes to the truck for Happy Hour and it helped.
"We really need to have our luck make a major change. We want to go out, run all the laps, have good solid pit stops, work on our communication, and come out of here with a good finish and the truck in one piece. If we can do that, we will consider this weekend a success."