BROOKLYN, Michigan -- Jason Small started to get the Sunbelt Rentals/Lucas Oil Products Racing Team's season back on the right track with a 19th place finish in the Michigan 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday July 27. It was the first time Small had been on the track when the checkered flag waved on an NCTS race since event number six, the MBNA America 200 at Dover.
"I am not at all happy to finish 19th, but I think it is exactly what we needed to get this team back on the right track," Small said. "We have had every problem in the book over the last six races, and to get the truck to the finish lets us all know we can still get the job done.
"My guys have never given up. I learned at Dover when we had that problem in Happy Hour that they were behind me. Morale has taken a beating in the shop with the string of DNFs, but now we have that behind us. We need to work on finishing races and then work on getting the finishes we want. We know we can finish, now we want to get back up to the top-10 on a regular basis."
Small looks forward to the next event on the series' schedule, the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park this Friday night.
"I ran the race there in 2000 with a broken arm," he said. "We had a pretty good truck. We were way underfunded, and we ended up breaking a transmission. We changed it and got back out and only lost one lap on the track all night. I am really looking forward to going back there and giving the Sunbelt Rentals Chevy a good run. There will be a lot of people watching this weekend with the Brickyard 400 going on down the street and Darrell Waltrip running the Truck race with us. Hopefully we can build on the positives from Michigan and have a good finish at IRP."
Small will get the green flag at Indianapolis Raceway Park in his Sunbelt Rentals Chevrolet just after 9:00 pm ET on Friday, August 2. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, and can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio as well as MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.