Leffler earns series-high third pole. JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram) NOTE: Leffler will start on the pole for a series-high third time on Friday. He also won the Busch series pole at Texas in 2000. The No. 2 ...
Leffler earns series-high third pole.
JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram)
NOTE: Leffler will start on the pole for a series-high third time on Friday. He also won the Busch series pole at Texas in 2000. The No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram will start first for the third straight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas.
"That felt great. The way the rules are, we're pretty much running wide-open out here. The guys on the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge team did an awesome job. I've got to thank (crew chief) Tim Kohuth and everybody. I'm pretty happy with that lap. These spoilers make everybody a little bit faster. It kind of evens it up because it gives you more down force so guys who are less experienced can hold it wide-open down there.
"It was a good effort put forward by Ultra Motorsports and everyone on the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge team. It was a good lap for us. We thought maybe going out early would have been a little bit of a disadvantage, but it really wasn't. We got a little bit of cloud cover to help us. The truck has been fast right out of the trailer, so we just fine-tuned it. Time Kohuth did his same little trick he always does come qualifying, and we picked up about four-tenths. If we can do that every week it sure makes my job easy."
"The team has always hade a chance to win the race here. But Jim Smith, my owner, has never actually gone to victory lane here. So, that's a big goal of Ted and mine every week, but especially here. The team has had great success in qualifying this year, and it's led a lot of laps, so hopefully we can get the win this year.
"I was worried about Robert (Pressley) and David (Starr), especially with them being so fast in practice. But we picked up so much that I was confident it was a good lap. But then about halfway through qualifying the clouds came back in and cooled the track down a bunch. A bunch of guys started creeping up the charts, but you know, we just held on to it.
"A lot of people do completely different setups when it comes time to qualify, with different springs and sway bars and stuff like that. So, we'll just go into a whole different package for the race. Luckily our happy hour is about 7:30-8:30 tonight, so it gives us a good tune-up for the race tomorrow.
"I think we'll see some good racing tomorrow. I didn't really like these spoilers - we're just running around here wide-open. I like the tracks where you have to look a little bit, and I think that would've been a little bit of an advantage to some of the guys with experience. But it may make for better racing, it may pack up the field a little bit."