4 car diary - Butch basks in the moment

4 car diary - Butch basks in the moment

EFR Back in the Saddle By Bill King Butch Leitzinger completed his brilliant early evening stint in the lead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, turning The Boss Snowplow No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford over to Elliott Forbes-Robinson on...

EFR Back in the Saddle
By Bill King

Butch Leitzinger completed his brilliant early evening stint in the lead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, turning The Boss Snowplow No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford over to Elliott Forbes-Robinson on Lap 251, nine hours into the round-the-clock mid-winter classic.

#4 Howard - Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford: Butch Leitzinger, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Jimmie Johnson.
Photo by Bob Harmeyer.
There was a lot of smiling and handshaking as EFR steamed back into the fray in fifth, giving you some idea of the closeness at the front of this stellar field with seven cars still on the lead lap.

Leitzinger could not have been more delighted with his drive. Race drivers do love a good dice. Noting that he'd run Darren Manning's No. 03 completely out of rear tires to take the race lead, Leitzinger laughed, "I was running myself out of tires too. His were running out quicker than mine, I guess. It was a great dice though. He was really doing a great job because you could see his tires were going off. He was doing a fantastic job of car control. It was a lot of fun. He should be proud of himself too, because he was really handling that car well."

Commenting on how the No. 4 was doing at this stage of the race, Leitzinger said, "The car is very well hooked up right now. There's a little bit of variance within each set of tires. So it seems like we kind of need matched sets here. It's not like bias-plies where you can figure out if you have matched sets or not. It's kind of the luck of the draw and you see what you have when you get out there. But that last set of tires was really nice."

Laughing about his dad's enthusiasm over the radio, the younger Leitzinger said, "Sometimes he gets really charged up, especially when the TV's in front of him there."

Editor's note:
Please view all the diary entries by Bill King on the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford at http://www.motorsport.com/news/series.asp?S=GRANDAM

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Series Grand-Am , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darren Manning , Butch Leitzinger , Jimmie Johnson , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Bill King