Darlington II: Jason Leffler race report

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 1, 2003) - Though their day at The Track too Tough to Tame didn't go as planned for Jason Leffler and the NetZero Racing team, Leffler, after a Lap 6 accident, drove to a 26th-place finish at Darlington Raceway ...

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 1, 2003) - Though their day at The Track too Tough to Tame didn't go as planned for Jason Leffler and the NetZero Racing team, Leffler, after a Lap 6 accident, drove to a 26th-place finish at Darlington Raceway Sunday.

Leffler posted a speed of 165.760 miles per hour around the 1.336-mile track during his qualifying run on Friday, which lined him up in the 36th spot on the starting grid for the Mountain Dew Southern 500. Leffler took the green flag for the final running of the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend and went to work making his way through traffic. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before the Lady in Black reared her ugly head, and on Lap 6, the NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac made contact with the No. 43 machine driven by Christian Fittipaldi. The damage to the rear end of the car was primarily cosmetic and, after several laps spent on pit road while repairs were made, Leffler returned to the track nine laps down. Leffler continued to wheel the NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac around the track for the remainder of the race, running competitive laps throughout the event, and took the checkered flag in 26th.

"I don't know exactly what happened there at the start of the race," commented Leffler. "Christian (Fittipaldi) was letting everybody go by on the outside and then when I was making my way by him, things didn't go as planned. It's disappointing. I think the car would have been pretty good. Even after the accident, it wasn't too bad. The longer the run, the better the NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac got. Tony Furr and the guys made some good adjustments throughout the race and just like last week, we just tried to stay out of any more trouble to get the best finish we could get under the circumstances."

The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team will next travel to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway for the running of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Saturday night. Qualifying for the event will take place Friday, September 5, with the drop of the green flag scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (ET). The event will be telecast live on TNT and will be broadcast worldwide by MRN Radio.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jason Leffler , Christian Fittipaldi