Steering problems foil solid run for Small at Kentucky. SPARTA, KY Jason Small's charge from the back of the pack in Saturday night's Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway was exactly what the Sunbelt Rentals Racing team had ordered, until a...
Steering problems foil solid run for Small at Kentucky.
SPARTA, KY Jason Small's charge from the back of the pack in Saturday night's Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway was exactly what the Sunbelt Rentals Racing team had ordered, until a mysterious problem with the steering box put him behind the wall. When the checkered flag flew over winner Mike Bliss, Small and his Green Light Racing teammates were already loaded in the transporter, completing only 75 of the event's 150 laps, good for a disappointing 29th place finish.
"We had an awesome truck tonight" Small said. "I could go anywhere I wanted with it, and we had picked up a lot of positions off the start. But, as we went along, the steering just started acting really strange. I would crank the wheel and it would just go straight, then all of a sudden it would bite and go left.
"We came in and tried to work on it, but it really didn't help the situation. We had already almost knocked the fence down once and it just makes more sense to put it back on the hauler in one piece than to take ourselves out, and a bunch of other guys with us.
"The team really worked well this weekend. We came here with a goal to all get back on the same page, and I think we accomplished that. It's a real shame that we couldn't finish tonight, because I know we had a truck that was capable of running in the top-10. Instead, we have another DNF.
"The law of averages will work for us soon. We had six straight races that we were running at the finish to start the year, and now six straight DNFs. The law of averages should mean that this streak of bad luck is over. We sure hope it is."
Small and the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet return to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series action this weekend at the New Hampshire International Speedway. The New England 200 is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, and it will be televised live on ESPN at 1 pm ET. The race can be heard on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.
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